Right here, right now

Welcome to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival: Week #5 – Practicing Presence

This post was written for inclusion in the 10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival hosted by Prenatal to Parenting. This week our participants have written about Practicing Presence.. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts and consider joining us next week when we share about a week of Developing Positive Self-Talk.

I have been behind on this weeks challenge, but I gave it a go last night.  I always lay with my boys to put them to sleep.  Usually my hubby lays with the little one and I lay with the 4 year old.  And in recent months I have come to enjoy this time, so I thought this week’s challenge would be a cinch, but it actually proved to be pretty tough!

It took me many months to slow down to enjoy laying with my little guy until he falls asleep.  My hubby started the tradition and I thought he was nuts, but now I like holding my 4 year old close and listening to his breath.  But last night I tried to stay with that, cuddling his little body, listening to his sweet sounds, and my thoughts kept on intruding!  What was I going to do the next day, what did I need to clean, how was I going to prepare for an upcoming training session.  I continually had to bring myself back to the present moment.

It was a wake up call, I might enjoy what I’m doing, but I’m not taking it all in.  I’m excited to continue practicing being present in that moment.  From previous meditation exercises I’ve learned to just accept the thought and let it move on.  Hopefully in a few weeks, I’ll be able to put my busy mind to rest while I send my monkey off to dream land.

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

Sweet Sleepy Time– Sarah from Prenatal to Parenting realizes that by focusing on all the things that she ‘could’ be doing she was missing out on what she ‘was’ doing.

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

Week 5 Practicing Presence – Jennifer from Children’s Directory finds it’s easier to practice presence when there is no Wi-Fi available.

Being Present – Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Week 5  – Katrina from Kalem Photography learns to listen not only with her ears but also with her heart.

Practicing Presence – Ricky from Daddy Blogger has a wonderful time waiting for the ferry.

Week 5 – Remain present – Amanda from Sticky Hands has got this presence thing nailed.

KICK THE PANTS! – WEEK 5– LISTEN UP WILL YOU? – Kathryn from Curiosity and the Kat finds it ironic that she’s learned all this before.

Being present can bring great gifts– Lolly from My Journey Home feels she still has some work to do.

Doing One Thing At A Time – Amber from Strocle.com is looking for tips on how to stop multi-tasking.