Why Meditation is Important for Moms?
Ever questioned ‘why moms need to practice meditation?’ Being a Mom is itself a big position. Read why all moms should meditate daily to have a blissful life.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. It’s a practice that encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things.
The goal of meditation is to silence the mind, get in touch with yourself, and work to achieve a centered consciousness within.
The good news is that recent studies show that the benefits of meditation are abundant, and when practiced regularly it can significantly reduce anxiety.
When I became a mom, after the first few weeks of sleep deprivation and trying to navigate the daily “be-witching hour” it became clear that a daily thirty-minute meditation practice was no longer in my near future. At the new mom stage, I needed my meditation practice more than ever, but I didn’t have the same time to devote to it as before. So I had to get creative.
Types of Meditation
Here are the most common types of meditation that are practiced.
Mindfulness Meditation: Practitioners find a quiet spot where they can sit comfortably and then, without judgment, take note of how their mind wanders.
Breath Awareness Meditation: A variation on the Mindfulness Meditation, this version calls for the practitioner to find a quiet place to sit where she can remain undisturbed and focus her attention on the breath.
Mantra Meditation: Much like other forms of meditation, this practice involves finding a quiet place to focus attention on a mantra, phrase or word. The mantra can be chanted out loud or thought without being spoken.
Loving Kindness Meditation: This meditation is perfect for the burnt out parent who doesn’t think they can make it through one more toddler fit or night without sleep.
Body Scan Meditation: It is done either sitting or laying down and involves slowly scanning the body for hidden tension or stress.
Guided Meditation: This can be done in a class setting, with a counselor or while listening to a recorded audio file.
How to get started
When you think of meditation, you may be thinking of monks sitting on a quiet landscape, eyes closed, radiant, blissful, transcendent, and quiet. Yes, the goal is a place of peace. However, you most likely can’t get to those picturesque places of peace as a busy mom. Yogi Bhajan Ph.D brought Kundalini yoga and meditation to the west in 1968. Kundalini yoga, also known as householder’s yoga, isn’t designed for monks quietly sitting on mountains but for use in and throughout our modern-day lives.
As a certified Kundalini meditation teacher, I teach moms to infuse short meditations into their daily lives. You may have tried meditation and found that it doesn’t come easily. Or you might be scared to try it all together. Don’t be discouraged. Most beginners find meditation daunting because they’ve never taken a quiet moment in their life. One may assume that it’s easy to just shut off the mind, unlike any new activity, it takes practice.
The goal is not only to find inner peace on our meditation mat; we want to be able to bring that peace into every aspect of what we do during the day. Kundalini meditation is a scientific technology and spiritual practice that activates our innate vitality, health and energy through rhythmic movement, breath work, mudras (hand positions) and sound. What sets this apart from the other styles of meditation is its precision to create a result and its practicality and sustainability to fit into our busy lifestyle.
Research shows that regular meditation makes people physically healthier, more productive, less depressed and anxious, and more confident.
3 benefits of meditation for mothers
Meditation is particularly effective at helping parents to manage stress levels, but studies show it offers additional benefits as well. Here are three important results meditation can produce for busy moms:
#1. Become more alert – When we meditate, we cultivate a healthy balance of alertness and relaxation. Mediation brings alertness, non-judgment, and non-reactivity to difficult moments of life. We learn how to breathe through it and let the emotion pass. We start to pay attention to what’s happening around us as well as what’s happening within our body. We can even be in tune with what’s happening to others. The more relaxed and alert we are, the more we’re able to live with calmness and clarity.
#2. Start being more in control over your life – We think over-planning, making sure everyone does what we say assures we have control over our lives. However, with mediation we realize there is very little we can control except our reaction to the unexpected things that comes up in life. Meditation helps us be more relaxed and is not resigning or giving up. Relaxed means being more prepared because when some unexpected thing happens you don’t panic. You can take the right steps from a calm state of mind.
#3. Worry less – Many of our problems are created from over-thinking. With a meditation practice you learn how to notice when your mind is getting carried away and can quickly take a few deep breathes, re-direct it and calmly address the situations at hand. You are less likely to get carried away with what-if scenarios and patterns while using meditation.
The many benefits of Meditation According to a Pew Research Center survey, feeling stressed, tired, rushed, and short on quality time is very common among parents, especially those who are working.
According to Matthew Thorpe MD, PhD, there are 12 Science-based benefits of mediation:
1. Reduces Stress
2. Controls Anxiety
3. Promotes Emotional Health
4. Enhances Self Awareness
5. Lengthens Attention Span
6. May Reduce Age Related Memory Loss
7. Can Generate Kindness
8. May Help Fight Additions
9. Improves Sleep
10. Helps Control pain
11. Can Decrease Blood Pressure
12. You Can Meditate Anywhere
Meditation for moms
A distracted, busy and overworked mom is the norm these days. Many of us experience extreme fatigue due to overexertion. The results quickly point to burnout and dissatisfaction of the frantic and hectic pace of life. Meditation won’t stop your busy life or slow down the pace of those around you, but it can help you navigate toward a life of peace.
Tips on How to Meditate
Meditation doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming — just give yourself 10 minutes! To get started, try meditating in the morning or at night, then see how you feel after a full week.
Choose a peaceful environment
Clear your mind
If you’re a mom, here are 3 suggested times you can meditate without disruptions or distractions:
1. Before your children wake up in the morning
2. During your children’s afternoon nap
3. After your children go to sleep at night
All of the options above are based on your children’s sleep schedule.
There are thousands of different meditations. I select meditations to teach moms how to feel better in as little as 3-7 minutes. I only expect my beginner students to start at a 3-minute meditation practice. That’s totally doable right?
If you’re ready to learn practical meditation and mindfulness tools that effortlessly weave into your daily routine, I’d love to teach you!