Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
As parents in an increasingly hectic world, mindfulness is a beautifully crafted tool for slowing down and staying connected as a family.
Mindfulness is a yogic practice, but it’s not just a practice; it’s an innovative way of living. Mindfulness brings awareness and caring into everything we do. It cuts down needless stress.
Even a little makes our lives better.
Are you interested in learning how to navigate through parenthood feeling emotionally stable, and raising emotionally stable kids? On February 24, 2017, the Mindful Mom Revolution is offering a half day of presentations, information and inspiration that will leave you feeling empowered and capable.
We recently sat down with the founder of the Mindful Mom Revolution, Dena Faresh, to learn about her transformative event.
Tell all us all about the event you have planned in February!
I’m so excited for the Mindful Parenting Revolution on February 24! We’ll be coming together to learn from Parenting and Mindfulness experts to hear about how to parent from a place of fulfillment, being present with our kids, and being authentic in our parenting.
There will be 5 speakers as well as one small group break out session so that attendees can dial down and learn further skills from our presenters like; how to fill your own cup first and parent from fulfillment and how to help you children manage big emotions.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness, for me, is just being present in the moment. It means, dropping the worries, the planning, the hamster wheel in the head, and if even for a moment, just BE. I think, as a Mom, being present and mindful can be such a challenge, as we drive almost everything in our homes forward, it’s no wonder that our thoughts quickly turn to planning, prepping, worrying, and doing. Mindfulness means just understanding when our thoughts have turned and snow balled out of control. Being Mindful allows for time to pause in the chaos that can sometimes be the chatter of our minds, and choosing again, to focus on the great, the present, the breath, and the gratitude.
Why do you think this is such an important message and mission?
Imagine if this generation of kids were raised by parents who meditated regularly? What would we be showing and teaching our kids? We would have the opportunity to teach our kids about the power of our breath, the power of our thoughts, the power of our intention.
I’m so excited for this conversation to be happening! I truly believe that all parents can have the peace that they desire in their homes, but it has to start with themselves! We place so much expectation on our kids and how they should show up and behave, when the real work is introspective. When you are willing to do the healing work on yourself, as a parent, the way you parent changes. You understand that your level of stress, your level of enjoyment, your ability to manage daily duties of life as a parent, can be manipulated by your breath, it can be manipulated by choosing different thoughts when stressed moments arise.
When you place the owness on YOU and feel deeply fulfilled as you step into your role as Mom or Dad, you parent from that loving, filled place, instead of a parenting from a place of guilt (lack/unworthy).
What, or who, was your inspiration?
My kids for sure!! Haha!! I had a difficult time adjusting to being a Mom of 2 little ones. I felt lost in my role as a Mom. I had a new identity that felt like it consumed me, and while I loved being a Mom, I didn’t necessarily love all the demands that I felt I couldn’t escape.
I would wake up unmotivated and unenthusiastic about the day ahead. I didn’t like entering my days feeling depressed in my conditions. Meditation became my go to. I decided that in order to raise the best version of my kids, I had to create the best version of myself!
I also worked with Hunter Clarke-Fields, a Mindful Mama Mentor who works specifically with Moms to help them carve their path in Motherhood while feeling present and fulfilled. She helped me awaken this desire to heal myself and bring this message forward to more Moms!
What speakers do you have coming?
Mark Krassner and Anna Gannon of expectful.com
Anna Seewald; founder of Authentic Parenting
Katerina Mayants; author of Happiest Mom on the Block
Elena Brower is one of our greatest inspirations! We truly love her. What made you reach out to Elena?
Elena is so open and honest about her parenting! And like all of us, she has a story. She speaks beautifully, and even does speaking engagements with her son, and talks about how they together create a mindful parenting relationship. She honors and respects her son as an individual and parents from THAT place. She is hyper aware of her thoughts, feelings, and moods
What do you hope the takeaways from the event will be?
I know that every attendee will have many moments of reflection about how they show up not only as a parent but as an individual. Are there ways they could be kinder to themselves? Are there ways that they could make themselves more of a priority? Are there ways that they can be in the moment with the kids more and truly just BE?
I want parents to begin to think about this stuff! And in this seminar, I know that they will!
They’ll also be leaving with some amazing how-tos to catch themselves in moments of overwhelm and how to come back to feeling like a grounded parent. They’ll be learning ways to really not just listen but HEAR their kids, and how to be the best parent they can be for each of their children’s unique needs. They’ll be leaving with a renewed sense of purpose to THEMSELVES and the desire to fit ‘me’ time in so that it can benefit the entire family.
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