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Mindfulness: It’s Not Just For the Small Moments


I often think of mindfulness as a way to stay present in the moment and be less reactive in difficult situations. But the reality is that mindfulness can also help with big decisions as well. I recently wrote about how my journey into mindful parenting and meditation helped my husband and me make a pretty big decision for our family.

The whole article is over on, and here’s how it starts:

Just over a year ago, I wrote about my ambivalence about having a third child. In that post, I said that we had always wanted a big family, but after having two kids in less than two years, we were exhausted and not so sure. I also said that I hoped we would make a decision by the time our younger daughter turned 2.

We celebrated her 3rd birthday almost two weeks ago.

I think we may have come to a decision last week. Maybe. Probably. I’m pretty sure…


Has mindfulness ever helped you make a big decision, or understand a big situation more clearly?


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Mindfulness: It’s Not Just For the Small Moments

Carla Naumburg

Carla Naumburg, PhD, is writer, speaker, and clinical social worker. She is currently working on her third book, How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t at Your Kids (Workman, forthcoming). You can read more about her work at

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Naumburg, C. (2013). Mindfulness: It’s Not Just For the Small Moments. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 20, 2020, from


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