Welcome to my blog. I have a blog! Well, as I’m writing this I don’t yet have a blog but the idea is that if I just start writing, then the blog will magically follow (and if you are reading this on my actual blog then it worked. Abracadabra!).
One thing I’ve come to learn along the way is that if you’re stuck and you don’t know which direction to take or what to do then just do something. Anything. Action creates reactions and results, and sometimes the exact nature of that action is not so important because it will stir things up and move things around and eventually you will find yourself flowing in the right direction. It works with little things, like trying to think of how to start your first post on your new blog, and also wonderfully for big things, like deciding to have a total career change with no idea about what you’re going to do (more on that another time).
As aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart said: “The most effective way to do it is to do it”.
So, I’m doing it: this blog is about trying to live a more conscious life – with a couple of kids along for the ride. Whether it’s yoga or meditation, greener living or healthier eating, for me it’s about unravelling the truth about myself, being present to the now, tuning in to intuition, making a contribution and standing up for the change I want to see in the world.
I would love to give my children the gift of being truly aware of themselves: knowing on a deep level that they are loved and worthy and good enough just as they are; not being afraid to shine their light; able to access the stillness inside; knowing that they have the potential to be a powerful presence in the world, and understanding their connection to other beings and the earth. Ambitious perhaps, but got to be worth a try!
Let’s face it, kids these days are up against it. They’re dealing with an increasingly complex world where packaged fun and entertainment are everywhere but happiness seems to be more elusive than ever. Stress levels in kids and teens are up with increased pressure to keep up, look good, be cool and, at a certain age, show constant proof of supposedly perfect lives on social media. My girls, 5 and 7 years old, aren’t at that age yet but are ripe for developing an early addiction to technology (thirteen is the official age that you’re allowed to join the virtual fray but 78% of 10-12 year olds have at least one social media account so we’re not many years away).
Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not of the technology-is-evil persuasion, it’s a big part of my work and life, but I do worry that kids don’t have a chance to switch off and spend much needed ‘quiet time’ with themselves. We bombard them with stuff and gadgets and other distractions, just as we do ourselves (quite hard not to especially when you are fighting your own burning desire to check your email, again, oh and just one quick look to see if you have any new Twitter followers*) So yes, let’s say it’s work in progress, for me as much as for my children.
One thing’s for sure – in these times of increased stress, it’s more important than ever for kids to be able to connect with their own inner being; one day that’s going to be the anchor that keeps them steady. To become emotionally resilient adults, they need to be comfortable feeling their own feelings, rather than being protected from them by us and/or distracted from them by all that STUFF, actual and virtual. And for them to do that, it would help if we as parents can be in touch with and at peace with ourselves.
That’s the theory anyway… I’m giving it a go and hopefully opening the door for my kids to do the same, so whether through mindfulness, meditation, yoga, connection with nature, conversations or activism, if it’s creating the space for conscious living, we’ll be doing it! I’ll keep you posted.
*after I typed that I just HAD to have a quick look to see whether I had any new Twitter followers on the account I just started the other day. I had one. Instant momentary gratification, yay! Work in progress as I say.