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Meditation For Parents: The 20-Minute Activity We All Should Try

beachI will never forget the first time I tried to meditate. I was sitting on a hard floor in a stinky gymnasium, hoping to score an easy PE credit so I could graduate from college. A tall, thin man dressed all in white with a long, wispy beard instructed us to cross our legs, close our eyes, breathe deeply and clear our minds.

I was able to cross my legs, but it all went downhill from there.

Clear my mind? What the hell did that mean? Every time I tried to clear my mind, I realized I was just thinking about clearing my mind, which clearly isn’t the same thing. I tried thinking about black. I visualized black. But then I thought about how black isn’t my favorite color; I prefer blue but I can’t decide between sapphire or turquoise… and the next thing I knew, my mind was anything but clear. Also, my butt hurt from sitting on a hard floor, my nose itched, and I wasn’t sure if I should scratch it.

I didn’t try meditation again for almost 20 years…

You can read the rest of this post about mindful parenting and meditation over at the Huffington Post Stress-Less Page. Check it out, and let me know what you think by joining the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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Meditation For Parents: The 20-Minute Activity We All Should Try


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 www.carlanaumburg.com.


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Naumburg, C. (2013). Meditation For Parents: The 20-Minute Activity We All Should Try. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 16, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-parenting/2013/09/meditation-for-parents-the-20-minute-activity-we-all-should-try/

 

Last updated: 5 Sep 2013
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