I meditate every day. It isn’t the transcendental, raise yourself to some other place, kind of meditation, but rather a process of connecting body to earth and creating a space where information can come to me about the way we live our lives, how we can create change and how we can live in alignment with our higher-self.
On Saturday, I was sitting in my meditation and looking for information about why certain areas of my life seem to be so challenging. The message that came was ‘accept your life.’
My first thought went to accepting that my life is the way it is and that’s the way it’s going to be. This didn’t resonate as a truth. ‘Accept my life’ wasn’t a passive, just- give-up-and-accept-it-as-it-is, message. When I heard ‘accept my life’ I felt empowered.
Book review: Dr. Larry Rosen, a Research Psychologist and an international expert on the Psychology of Technology just released his 5th book iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming Its Hold On Us. (Watch my complete interview with Dr. Rosen below. He answers the question we all ask “How much time should my kid be spending with technology?”)
I read iDisorder while Caidin and I were in Florida for Spring Break. To say that it made me paranoid is an understatement. Dr. Rosen explores the correlation between technology and disorders such as Narcissism, OCD, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD and several phobias and I was acutely aware of my own mind questioning “do I have that?”, which probably means something in the world of Psychology.
The question Dr. Rosen raises is “How does social media, texting, smartphones and the constant barrage of information from computers and other media sources impact our brain?” According to Dr. Rosen’s impeccably sourced and researched book, I feel like we are all a little nutty when it comes to our tether to technology, but his studies are detailing some startling and important insights.
When Caidin was four he met a boy at summer day camp. I can’t remember the boy’s name now, but I do remember the boy. He was the same age as Caidin, but that was the only thing they had in common. Caidin was and is a gentle kid. He shared easily, he was concerned about the feelings and experiences of other kids, even if he didn’t know them. Caidin’s new friend was none of those things. He was aggressive, grabby and in my estimation mean. Needless to say, this wasn’t a friendship I was going to try to maintain.
Conscious Parenting isn’t a strategy, or a technique or something you can take a course on. Well, I guess you could take a course on it, but it wouldn’t be a sit-and-be-lectured-to course, it would be an experiential immersion into your own conscious awakening.
Conscious Parenting is a way of living life with awareness and of seeing your child as a holistic being – taking into account every aspect of who your child is and what informs who they are.
Consciousness is not a sometimes thing. Consequently, Conscious Parenting becomes a 24/7 awareness festival that can be tiring. But at the same time, through this deep level of awareness, Conscious Parenting blesses you with the opportunity to see, experience, and support your child, making your parenting experience richer and more rewarding.
Here are 10 essential elements of Conscious Parenting– not the top 10 or THE 10, just simply 10. I’m going to list them and explain them briefly and then in future posts I’ll share stories and insights with ways to develop and incorporate these elements into your everyday life.