Mindfulness is a way of life. It isn’t just something we do 15 mins or 1 hour every day.
Mindfulness is being non-judgmental.
This way of life emerges between ages 4 to 6. This means we all have the capacity to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is when Josh says or thinks “Maybe Friederike does not want to play with me because she is tired”, instead of saying “she does not want to play with me because she is mean or because nobody likes me”. In this example, Josh did not engage in negative thinking about self and he did not judge Friederike. That’s how mindfulness begins in early childhood.
This ability can be strengthened by mindful parents. Parents who do not shame or condemn their children, and do not speak ill of people enhance their children’s capacity to practice mindfulness. Consequently they raise compassionate children with a positive sense of self.
I invite you to practice being present with your children, don’t shame them and do not speak ill of people. Forgive yourself when you fall short. Our children are our first disciples. One of our greatest legacies would be passing down our faith to our children.
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. or in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5
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Say this: Heavenly Father,
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Great advice to parents Temi, especially as we spend so much time with them. Do not shame nor humiliate them
Thank you! Shame and the spirit of rejection work hand in hand. May we not become tools in the hands of the enemy.
Very good point!! Positive thinking!! I was challenged at one point to never use the word ‘no’ rather when a no theme needs to be taken try making the point in a reverse way…example, instead of ‘don’t throw the toy’ you would say something like ‘hey let’s use the toy like this…’
And then the idea is to get in the habit of this type of thinking 24/7 and with all ages, interactions, “disciplines”, etc.
Yes! Thank you for the reminder. I like the concept. I need to practice positive redirection more often during this time.❤
Thank you! 🙂
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