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Is our parenting motivated by fear and reaction or by mindfulness and compassion? It is one thing to remain mindful, centered and calm while sitting still and meditating. It is another to do so while engaged in the often harried activities of parenting.
Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn – Authors of Everyday Blessings: The inner work of mindful parenting (1997) – discuss mindful parenting in this insightful interview with which many of us can identify, from both a parent and child’s perspective. They provide 12 exercises for mindful parenting which are worth the read:
As Jon Kabat-Zinn states, “Mindful parenting is the hardest job on the planet, but it's also one that has the potential for the deepest kinds of satisfactions over the life span…”
If we could raise one generation with unconditional love, there would be no Hitlers… We can make our choices built from love or from fear ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross