Parenting Series: Practice this tip!

Parents, practice this tip!

So I’ve been a little obsessed with the word practice the last seven years. And I suppose it’s no surprise as I’m a practicing yogi, a certified yoga instructor, practice Business Yoga™ and am writing a book on yoga truths for Moms (link here).

And it’s true; it’s called a yoga practice, not a yoga perfect. (you see, yoga-ahh teaches us great lessons, very few of them actually being physical)

Do you do yoga?

If not, do you make time to do the things you enjoy that help you feel peaceful and connected to yourself, on a weekly basis? Consistency is King/Queen when we’re talking about leaving behind a legacy we’re proud of. This type of “routine” is not just good for the kiddos.

Your family benefits when you take time to follow your peace. That walk, the yoga practice, the book-reading, the travel is never just about that walk, the yoga practice, the book-reading or the travel.

The practice of doing these things helps us: 

Respond vs react. (less knee-jerking)

Choose our words more carefully. (more mindfulness)

And yes, ladies and gents, even take responsibility for where we’ve messed up (“sorry” isn’t just for the wee ones).

If any or all of the above have been hard to get to recently, here’s something I practice that you might love (quick.easy.noexcuses):

Do ten breaths. Close the eyes and think of yourself breathing in wisdom, and breathing out stress/doubt/fear/guilt.

Nurturing yourself is nurturing others.

And if you want to use that creativity…

I breathe in________. I breathe out ________.

The options are endless. Results guaranteed.

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About the Author: Michelle Ghilotti Mandel is a writer, certified yoga teacher and graphic designer running her own heartful design and branding studio, ghilotti ink, for over 10 years. Michelle is writing the how to be a walking Momtra book (blog: http://howtobeawalkingmomtra.wordpress.com/) and is a guest blogger for Happiness Series, the Elephant Journal, tinybuddha.com and the powermob.com. When she’s not grooving with any of the above, she is running (usually to yoga), sleeping on the Great Wall of China, becoming an expert in expat living and, surprisingly, not making many other plans. She keeps a 5 x 4 foot canvas entitled “The Things that Make Me Happy,” which she is happy to announce will never be finished. She lives in Los Angeles with her five year old son and husband. Michelle’s blogging for Happiness Series about Happiness, Motherhood, finding a balance in life, and having fun!