As a mommy and person in this fast-paced day & age, I struggle to be mindful when I’m with my kids and to teach them to be mindful (or is it them teaching me?). As I embark on my own spiritual journey to increase my ability to find calm in any moment, mindfulness is a theme that continually pops up. In order to become more mindful when I’m with my kids, I am working on using my phone less when I’m playing with them (although I admittedly do not have this mastered all the time yet) and practicing mindfulness.
When I want to incorporate a spiritual practice in my life, I have to keep it simple. So I’ve begun to look at how I can be more mindful in a given play activity. Blowing bubbles is a perfect way to incorporate more mindfulness and joy into your day with your kiddos. Here’s how it helps me:
- Focuses me on my breath and helps me explain deep breathing to my kids.
- Watching the bubbles can be a mindful experience because there is something so magical about a bubble. A clear circle with a hint of rainbow colors that dances on the wind! Yes- my kids and I can focus on that for more than a minute.
- Bubbles teach being in the moment and being flexible. Sometimes the bubbles won’t work and they often fall to the ground and pop. It’s a good exercise for focusing on enjoying the experience of something, rather than always feeling like you need to get something tangible out of it.
- Bubbles encourage playfulness. I truly believe that when we play more often we bring more mindfulness into our lives. Whether this “play” is actually playing with our kids or doing something that makes us feel light and airy (oops…a bubble metaphor POPPED out, lol).
- Bubbles provide an interesting conversation topic and conversing with our kids helps us feel more connected to them.
- I’m sure there are tons of other reasons, but that’s what I’ve got for now.
So, grab some bubbles and blow your cares away!! 😉
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