It all clicked one day. I went from a moment of FRUSTRATING PARENTING to realizing the everyday benefits of my daily practice. In this quick video I share how mindfulness helped a frustrated Dad and upset little boy come together and avoid a tragic outcome.
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Daily mindfulness practice, better parenting.
There was a moment in my life
when all of my diligency in my practice
of the day really came
and spoke to me as, WOW!
okay, I get it.
this is some powerful stuff.
And it happened on this beautiful spring day
and I was taking my
son to his first soccer -
Travel Team Soccer tryout
Here's my little 8-year-old boy
he's all pumped up under his tryout
And I told him an
hour before, to get all of this stuff ready.
So, of course, we're running a little bit late
you got to pick somebody up, we jumped into the car
and I asked him, "Do you have your soccer ball?"
Then he says, "No."
So, I take a deep breath get little
stern, he goes back inside,
gets his bag, comes back in.
We're driving down the road and I asked him,
"Do you have you goalie gloves? Are they in your bag?"
And he says, "No."
So now you can imagine as a parent
we've all been there, right?
And I was getting a little
wound up, I started to get little stressed
so I spin it around pull it in the driveway,
and he runs in and he gets back and
I'm frustrated as I should be because now I got to
go thorugh all this traffic.
And we're going to be late darrr...
I told him he had to do this
and we're driving and I look and
I can see, he's little frustrated too.
I'm frustrated. I know I'm frustrated
and I have right to be frustrated.
I told him, we wouldn't be in this situation if it wasn't for him.
He knows better and he is frustrated
for whole variety of reasons as well because a miscommunication
The bottom line: it didn't matter how right either one of us was,
it wasn't what we needed to be,
it wasn't how I wanted the send
my 8-year-old into his first Travel Team Soccer tryout.
And it wasn't the way he
wanted to go into it.
We stopped for moment and I said,
I said, "Do you feel worried right now?"
He said, "Yes".
I said, "Do you want to go place, do you feel like going and playing soccer right now?"
He said, "No."
I said, "We do you say we put a stop that right now
and we get ready to go have a great soccer tryout"
He said, "Okay."
What's your favorite song?
I put on his favorite song
driving down the road
it's a beautiful scene
of an 8-year-old boy to put on the right song
and the next thing you know, he's smiling
we're both grooving. We're picking up his buddy.
Everyone is laughing and cheering
by the time we get to the soccer tryout.
And as I say, the rest is history.
Practice Of the Day - Mindfulness without the monastery.