Gratitude and happiness is most often found (if not always) in the present moment. Yet most of us spend the vast majority of our time anywhere but the present moment!
We’re busy, our kids are busy and usually we’re just trying to get through the day. But here’s the thing, if you want happier and more grateful children, and you want to be happier and more grateful yourself, you have to start spending more time in the moment.
So here is a super simple way to start learning to be more present, and teaching your children to be too. It’s this week’s tip for busy moms (and dads) for how to bring more gratitude and happiness into your lives and into your home this week.
This week, I want you and your children to spend a few minutes each day just being in the moment. There are 7 days in the week, so here’s a fun way to build your ‘be present’ muscles this week, but one that’s super simple and doesn’t take much time at all!
Set a timer: 1 minute on Day 1; 2 minutes on Day 2, 3 minutes on Day 3, etc.
“Listen” to the Video of the nature sounds, listen to soft music, sit in silence or whatever else works for you and just be in the moment. Focus on your breathe, in and out, and this will help you stay present.
Tip: I loved this when I heard it years ago; think of your thoughts as clouds floating across a beautiful sky. When your mind starts thinking of things, like the 100 other things you should be doing, just picture them as clouds floating away.
There are all sorts tips, tools and ideas for how to ‘meditate’ but that isn’t what we’re going for here, this week. We just want to start Shaping Our Thoughts and realize that gratitude and happiness is found in the present and to take some simple actions that will help us, and our children, be more present.
Have your children do it to! You can do it again with them, to model it for them, or you can set them up and leave the room. They can just sit, close their eyes, breathe and listen to the sounds on the video, soft music or just sit in silence.
Starting with one minute, and building up to 7 over the next week is a super simple way to start shaping thoughts and building our ‘be present’ muscles! We can all take 1, 2, 3 or 7 minutes for just 7 days to be more in the moment.
Because, the more present we can be, the happier and more grateful we can be.
The more present our children can learn to be, the happier and more grateful they will be!
I hope this tip has served you and now it’s your turn.
Please let us know in the comments below what you think of this tip and how you’re going to use it.
We can have happier and more grateful children.
We can be happier and more grateful ourselves.
We can change the world, one child and one family at a time, starting with our own!
I’ll see you soon!
p.s. Here is a link to a “Dear Girls” I wrote for my children a few years back. It talks about how Moms can be more present with our children and why it’s important for them, and for us. I wrote it based on this quote I had seen the morning I wrote it: “In family life, be completely present.” Lao Tzu