Experiencing the Joy of Connecting With Our Children
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The Daily Sip: Mother's Day and Every Day
This past weekend was Mother's Day. How often does the thought
cross our mind on occasions like this that we should approach everyday with the same sense of celebration and blessedness? When
our awareness so opens, we live and parent from a more compassionate place. So often it takes a special
occasion to awaken us from the mindless routine of our lives. When that happens, we find ourselves more likely to engage in
mindful parenting. But why must we be jarred into it?
Perhaps you received a Mother's Day card. Or maybe you
gave one. The card will sit on a shelf for a while or soon be discarded or filed away. As soon as you are able, find a
card (regardless of whether you were giver, receiver, or neither) and, having acquired the necessary permission, cut
off a small piece about the size of a penny. Then, scotch tape it to a quarter and place the quarter in
your pocket or purse. Plan to keep it for a month.
Let each time your finger feels the contour of the coin and card remind
you of your child. Let it also remind you of your mother. Then, consider for a moment the vast number of people to have
held the coin in their hand -- so many parents -- so many children. Smile at the realization to which the coin awakens