“The chattering monkey of the mind”

Learning to quiet the "chattering monkey of the mind" is a concept I first heard about in my martial arts class. At first I thought it was some hooey phooey nonsense but it quickly became an invaluable practice that has served me fairly well in life since. Being a parent is a lot like martial arts…you think you've learned one thing and it opens a new set of challenges, you think you've got it all figured out and you realize there's so much more yet to learn, and sometimes you learn by falling flat on your face.This can be a pretty overwhelming feeling at times and in those moments I try to bring myself back to the now. Sounds corny, but it's the real deal. #Meditation is a pretty important part of my #parenting routine. Not standing on my head in a yoga pose (though I've done that too) but anything that helps me focus on the moment. Anything that removes me from the stresses of the day and puts me exactly where I need to be, in the now. A cup of coffee before everyone gets up, a skateboard trip, a brisk walk around the block, or in tonight's case, swinging a #mace. Find your meditation, and make time for it, for yourself, and don't feel guilty about taking time for YOU. It's a gift to everyone else when you are at your best. The #quadmace from my friends at @onnit is one of my favorite exercise/meditations tools. An intense workout on its own, you seem to get into a groove with the repetition of the thing and completely zone out. I come back inside feeling refreshed and relaxed, and that's a good thing.

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