The Inspired Family Conference is coming to Philadelphia on March 22, 2014 and it promises to connect parents and experts on Mindful parenting topics. We’ll learn and explore everything that parents can do to live in harmony as families from pre-birth through the toddler years and beyond. I am thrilled to be a part of this conference. Not only so that I can attend workshops with experts on family nutrition, early childhood development, and non-violent communication, but also so that I can share my enthusiasm for gardening in a toddler-friendly workshop that is sure to inspire you to grow your own vegetable garden this year! Eco Incognito is proud to be a partner and presenter at the 2014 Inspired Family Conference and I hope you will join me for the Humanity Garden workshop at 11 AM.
The themes of inspiration and mindfulness are running strong in my parenting style these days. Through reading, meditation, and writing in a journal, I am connecting to my heart in a way that has transformed me. Being a “great Mom” was a charge that I pursued meekly for a long time. I knew I could do it, but I did not embrace the idea because it seemed unfair. What did that mean for the other Moms? More importantly, what did that mean for me on my off days? When I became an observant Mother to myself and my children, I found that being present and mindful had a much more poignant effect on our spirit.
I asked a friend recently, “how do I know when to accept help?” She suggested that I look at the people who have what I want and spend time with them. I took that to heart and realized that I can be a student and a passenger on this journey with my children. I can weave a delightful tapestry with all the strings of the many amazing mothers that I am privileged to know. I can soak up inspiration and make the mindful practices my own. This is why I am going to Inspired Parent. This is why I am an Inspired Parent.
I believe that even small shifts can make a big ripple through the next generation and I would invite you to join me in these practices in the month prior to Inspired Parent. Sow seeds of love in your home and then come to learn how to grow and nurture those seeds with me.
5 Ways to Be a Mindful Parent
1. Breathe deeply and mindfully for at least 3 minutes each day. (Inhale, exhale)
2. Hug from the heart. While you embrace, recite a statement of love internally. (Breathing in, I hold my baby. Exhaling, I smile at my baby.)
3. Demonstrate gratitude to everyone and everything. (Pause for thanksgiving generously throughout the day. Thank doors, stairs, cooking tools, pets, trees, vehicles, children, and of course yourself.)
4. Practice guided meditation. I began my soulful journey reading Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hahn and I recommend it to you, too!
Here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets to Inspired Family on Saturday, March 22! These tickets, valued at $40 each will give you access to the conference and all 40+ workshops taking place throughout the day. (There are multiple workshops happening at the same time, so you will have the opportunity to chose the one you like best. Join me at Eco Incognito at 11 AM.) You’ll also receive a high-value ($100) swag bag and mix and mingle with many enlightened professionals in the vendor showcase. Your children will love the story demonstrations and puppet shows so bring them, too! Babywearing is encouraged, and if you are a newbie there will be experts on site to help you try on wraps and find the right fit.
To win tickets, simply comment on this post and let me know which mindful practice you are going to adapt right now to make tomorrow a better day for you and your family!