A series of posts on life as a "Mindful Mommy."
Today, as I put the finishing touches on my new book, The Mindful Mommy's Back-to-School Survival Guide, I've got content to spare!
Per usual for me, I've packed tons of great stuff into the book, too much actually, and I'm way over page count and have got to wrap it up. So here's an outtake from the book for you to enjoy.
It's actually one of my favorite Mindful Mommy strategies, taken from the chapter entitled, "Loving Yourself More." Enjoy!
Your Fairy Godmother
The more years we spend caring for others and putting ourselves on the back burner of self-care, the more difficult it may become to identify what we really need to thrive. Sometimes we've been mothering for so long, and so intensely, that we are completely out of touch with own own needs; clueless how to even begin to care for our self in loving ways. After years of mothering in a particular way, we may have become “hardwired” to be busy—overly busy—and unable to stop or change deeply ingrained ways of operating.
If this sounds like you, perhaps you need to have a talk with your Fairy Godmother. As young girls, many of us fantasized about having someone in our life who could wave a magic wand and grant us our unspoken wishes. In truth, our Fairy Godmother is real and lives within us as our wise self.
Bring yourself to a quiet place in your mind and imagine what your Fairy Godmother looks like. See her standing in front of you, magic wand in hand, eager to grant you three wishes.
Tell her three things that you really really want for yourself on a “soul level." Be honest and truthful. Reveal your wishes without self-judgment; banish the voice of doubt.
Afterwards, reflect. As you expressed your wishes, did you have an emotional reaction? Likely you did if you were speaking from your heart. On the very deepest level, each of us knows what we need to feel well, happy, loved. Our Fairy Godmother is representative of what our good wise heart knows is best for us.
Your Fairy Godmother is you. Today, love yourself more by granting the first of your three wishes—or at least take the first step toward making it a reality. Only you can create the life of contentment that your heart desires.
Ready, set, go!
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is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.