Mind Mum! How meditation helped me cope
Transcript – Mind Mum
What’s your relationship like with your Mum?
I know that in the past I have found my Mum to be a really huge challenge. She used to make me feel so angry!
But it was when I decided I needed to do something about my work-life balance that I decided I needed to change this relationship. I needed to make myself a lot less intense in my reactions to her.
Now, within the meditation tradition I studied, we did a practice which boiled down to “don’t judge a man (or a woman) until you have walked a mile in their shoes”.
So, I actually had to sit there and imagine what it would have been like to be my Mum as a young child, as a teenager, as a young mum. I had to think about the experiences that she went through. Would I have responded to them in any different way than she had done?
Would I have turned out any differently if I had been through the same things she has been through?
Now this has been the hardest meditation practice I have ever done. And, to be fair, it’s still one of my biggest mindfulness challenges. Trying to keep my cool with my Mum is still my best mindfulness muscle workout.
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I now do find it a lot easier that I used to. If you want to know a bit more of the story of how I achieved it then whiz yourself over to the blog The Mindfulness Guide to Mum and Dad. It would be great if let me know if anything that I have talked about resonates with you.