If you are like most people, you probably have days when it seems like nothing is going right, moments when you feel virtually defeated by an endless list of things to do. In these moments our minds may become flooded with doubt, frustration, confusion, and even resentment for all of our responsibilities. We can feel like we are drowning in the abundance of responsibilities afforded by adulthood.
I am sure you would laugh if I insisted that this would be an opportunity to find a mat and a quiet place in which to meditate. And you might laugh if I asked you to visualize sending your worries floating away on clouds. Understandably, the suggestion to “be mindful,” while you scramble to finish all those errands, might sound impractical and even irrelevant.
So what if we pare down the language we use now, extracting any “mindfulness jargon,” and view the matter through a different lens? What would it be like to find something to be grateful for in these moments, to approach each new challenge with “an attitude of gratitude”?
On August 17th, 2014, I became a mom to a beautiful baby boy. Before his birth our director, Jiovann Carrasco, advised me to, “Hold your plans gently.”
It is a message that I carry with me now always.
So many plans went out the window for me on the day my son was born and I remembered that statement, “hold your plans gently.”
I understood the magnitude of hold your plans gently as I was wheeled into the OR for an emergency c-section.
I remembered the statement again as we struggled with breastfeeding. Hold your plans gently.
Holding your plans gently allows one to be mindful. It means meeting the present moment with non judgment. It means not hanging onto, “the way things should be”, or being angry with yourself for feeling a certain way. Holding your plans gently is a way for us to be mindful mothers.
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