One of the most important tasks of any mom is to nurture and care for her children. You may have a great relationship with your mom today or, for any number or reasons, experience strain and tension in your relationship with your mom. Regardless of your current relationship with your mom or the amount of nurturing you received as a child, it’s important to be able to nurture positive qualities in yourself.
This mindfulness is about identifying a quality that you want to nurture, either in yourself or in your relationship with someone (maybe your mom) that will improve how you feel about yourself or how you relate to that person. Maybe you want to nurture forgiveness, generosity, kindness, creativity, patience, follow through, determination or loyalty. Or maybe you’d like to nurture openness and communication without defensiveness.
Mental images can influence our actions and abilities. When tested, athletes who mentally simulated shooting baskets each day out-performed others who hadn’t simulated shooting baskets.
By focusing on a quality you want to nurture you can create a mental image that makes you more likely to act in ways consistent with that quality. Nurturing a desired quality can enable you to align your thinking with your will and behavior.
Often we turn our care and attention to others and neglect to nurture our own needs. Taking a few minutes to focus and imagine positive qualities can help you make them more a part of who you are.
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Last reviewed: 6 May 2011