If you’re like most people you’re rushing from one task to the next on “automatic pilot”. We often catch ourselves wondering where the time has gone. Mindfulness helps us be more present in the moments of the day. This slows down the pace of life.

Being present in the moment, especially the positive moments, energizes us. Here’s how it works. When something ‘good’ happens, we usually acknowledge it for a second, if at all, and then zip on to the next item on our task list.

Try this instead. Pause and follow your breathing in and out 3 times. Notice the positive feelings you experience. You may note happiness, contentment, joy, relief, satisfaction, fulfillment, gratitude, or relaxation.

Here are some examples of positive moments:
• Someone sends you a thank you email
• Someone smiles at you
• Someone helps you accomplish a task
• You’re eating lunch (You have food!)
• You’re walking down the hallway (You’re legs work!)
• You’re manager/supervisor gives you a compliment
• You solve a problem
• You receive news that makes you happy
• You notice a beautiful bird, flower or sunrise
• You have a conversation with a co-worker about something fun you’re planning
• A meeting gets cancelled and you have time to get work done
• You have a moment of validation (Hey I really know my stuff!)
• You’ve helped someone else

We can retrain our brains to acknowledge the positive moments in our day. This will reduce stress and build resilience.

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As parents we’re also mentors. Mentoring is about developing your own personal leadership brand.

What do you stand for? What are the most important things you want your children to learn from you? Or remember about you?

Mindfulness will help you know yourself more deeply. It will help you be more authentic and trust the intention behind your decisions.

One of the best gifts you can give your children is to model being happy. When we as parents are running around stressed out it causes our children to feel anxious.

Pause and ask yourself if racing your kids from one activity to the next with no downtime is how you wish to remember these years.

We all need time to relax and just be. Mindfulness will help you to not miss the little things; like when your child is excited to show you something, a smile or a hug.

Being fully present for just a few minutes can go a long way. It can help you feel nourished and help your child feel valued.

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I used to think I was a good listener until I started practicing mindfulness.

I noticed how often I would be formulating what I was going to say when the other person stopped talking. I became aware of my own impatience, judgments, and desire to come up with the perfect response.

Mindfulness will help you notice when you’re trying to solve someone else’s problem rather than simply listen. You can notice what you’re intention is. Perhaps it’s genuinely to be helpful or maybe it’s to be controlling.

See if you can let go and trust that the other person has what they need to be successful. Notice when your mind starts to shift into problem solving mode.

Take a breath and come back to hearing the words the other person is saying. You can nod your head, smile, or say something that let’s them know you’re listening.

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As parents we’re also mentors. Mentoring is about developing your own personal leadership brand. Ask yourself, what do you stand for? What are the most important things you want your children to learn from you? Or remember about you?

Mindfulness helps us know ourselves more deeply. It helps us be more authentic. It’s about being secure and trusting the intention behind our decisions.

One of the best gifts we can give our children is to model being happy. When we as parents are running around stressed out it causes our children to feel anxious. We can pause and ask ourselves, “Is racing my kids from one activity to the next with no downtime how I want to remember these years?”

Mindfulness will help you not miss the little things; like when your child is excited to show you something, a smile or a hug.

Being fully present for just a few minutes can go a long way. It can help you feel nourished and help your child feel valued.

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My goal is to help you learn how to weave mindfulness into your life in simple, practical ways. This is the intention behind my recently launched podcast library. I hope these podcasts will inspire you to take another step along your mindful path. And that you’ll share these with your friends.

May you blossom this summer!

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