As women, we serve so many roles in life. Daughter, wife, entrepreneur, sister, aunt and friend. One of the most wonderful (and challenging) roles is that of mother. We moms want not only to be happy for ourselves, but also for our children and family. We all have so much on our plates these days, it’s a wonder any of us can see straight at all!
In reality, our own happiness is often linked to the well-being of our children. As a Spirited Woman, I seek to find ways to share my joy and inner peace with my family, and especially my kids. When I see their smiling faces and hear their laughter, I know I can relax and enjoy the ride. For each of us, the real challenge is to share coping tools to help through those stressful rough patches.
USA Today wrote a recent article explaining the American Psychological Association's annual Stress in America survey results which show kids today are exhibiting stress-related behaviors related to the average family’s current financial and job stress levels. And the Washington Post wrote a recent piece on the possible correlation between brain impairment and stress.
Now we Westerners; parents, educators and doctors alike, are investigating meditation for our children and ourselves, as a natural way to soothe the stress, relieve anxiety and reduce mental over-stimulation. Over the last few years, several school systems, both domestic and abroad, have piloted meditation programs to help kids deal with the stress that comes with school, social pressures, family and growing up. For example, in the UK, a newspaper says “Pupils at a leading public school are to receive weekly 40-minute classes in meditation and stress relief in a ground-breaking addition to the school curriculum.” The entire story is HERE.