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May 10, 2018
Sometimes our relationships with our moms aren't always Rose-y, and there's no shame in that. But "motherhood" is also a state of being that we can foster within ourselves. We can nurture our "mother within." This Mother's Day, let's celebrate the essence of motherhood by cultivating these mother-like qualities.
1) Practice a "Lovingkindness" Meditation: The essence of "motherhood" when embodied in its purest and truest form is unconditional love, acceptance, compassion, and kindness. To practice a Lovingkindness Meditation, we can extend this heartfelt sentiment towards ourselves and others:
Find a comfortable position to sit for at least 10 minutes. Close your eyes, place both hands on your heart and repeat:"May I be free from inner and outer harm and danger. May I be safe and protected.May I be free of mental suffering or distress.May I be happy.May I be free of physical pain and suffering.May I be healthy and strong.May I be able to live in this world happily, peacefully, joyfully, with ease.Then, repeat and rephrase these same statements to "may YOU'Then, repeat and rephrase these same statements to "may ALL BEINGS"2) Perform a random act of kindness to a stranger or someone you know and love: This can be leaving someone an extra big tip, giving something away, sending someone positive words or writing someone a note, giving someone a long hug. Perform whatever is a true extension of your love and energy (for everyone it is different) that is about bringing joy to the other. 3) Dedicate one day this week / weekend to an adequate "rest day:" One thing that I learned from my Grandmother Shirley, the Queen of self-care before it was trending, was how important it is to rest and nourish the body. We are so tempted by WORK, SUCCESS, DRIVE, and MOTIVATION, that we can push ourselves in ways that are unhealthy and supportive, and ultimately impair our ability to truly perform and live life the way we intend. Choose one day this week or weekend to dedicate to rest, yourself and your body, and claim back the property and ownership of what's most important: your health and well-being.
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