Confessions of a Professional Mom

Confessions of a Professional Mom

Professional mom seeking clarity, balance and a well deserved glass of wine.

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You ohm it, girl!

September 25, 2012 , , , , , , , , , ,

MeditatingOhm……

Ohm……

(this feels so funny saying ohm out loud; what would people think)

Ohm……

(ok, quiet my mind, think of nothing, breathe)

Ohm……

(did I throw that laundry in the dryer? wonder if it’s gonna be hot today…I hope Ivy doesn’t wake up before I’m done meditating….my stomach feels bloated)

Ohm……

(stop thinking, just breathe…hear my breath coming in and out….blackness is all I see….smile….think of nothing)

Ohm……

(I hope that client gives us that big job today; why do they take so long to decide?….I can’t wait to redo our bedroom….what do you call that green paint color I liked)

Ohm…….

(peak at the clock)

Shit, it’s only been 1 minute!

In my pursuit of slowing down and making time for me to just sit and think of nothing…just be…I’ve taken up meditation. Sadly, this is what it was like in the beginning though. Random thoughts crept in and I was distracted by air. Some days are better than others, but with practice, I’m getting better at shutting off the thoughts, quieting the storyteller and creating the space to have new thoughts and generate new ideas. Stop and take a breath.

I adore the scene in “Eat Pray Love” when Ketut, the wise old medicine man, tells Liz that while meditating she should smile….from her liver, from her heart and from her head. Just smile. I’ve been practicing this and it actually works. There has to be some trigger between your facial muscles and your brain because when I smile I instantly feel better. I’m trying this while I do yoga–sometimes while gritting my teeth and telling Jillian Michaels to fuck off during crow pose–but I digress. I smile while I fold laundry. Funny, but that one act causes a small shower of gratitude to wash over me and I feel thankful that I have a healthy family to do laundry for. Weird, I know.

Have you tried meditating? Think it’s a silly idea? I challenge you to give it a go. No, you don’t need special yoga clothes. You don’t need a special mat. You don’t need to light a candle or sit on a cliff. (although each of these things can add to your experience) Just sit with yourself for one minute. Start small. If you practice and build up the time, you’ll be amazed at what slowing down and “not thinking” will do for you. What opening up that space can create in your life.

Here’s to slowing down, not thinking and smiling…from your liver, from your heart and from your head. See what can happen.

You deserve it! And you don’t have to actually say “ohm” unless you want to. 

Stay sane, my friends.

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okay, I haven’t tried meditating in years. At least not true meditation, just the shutting down for a few to flip through a fashion mag or twitter. But in trying it just now for one minute, I got to 10 seconds before my eyes started to flutter when thoughts started to intrude 🙂 xoxo – thanks for the minute.

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wynona

September 25, 2012

I need to lock myself in the basement and “ohm”

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When the Kids Go To Bed

September 26, 2012

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