My whole life growing up, a cup of milo in the morning was a staple, also one at night. A bottle of lemonade was always in fridge just in case I needed a pick me up, or in case anyone was sick and a glass of flat lemonade was the perfect tonic.
I was opposed to yoga, meditation, herbal tea, or anything that seemed a bit out there – for the longest time, even if my mind screamed otherwise at me, I persisted and persisted in resisting any changes to my comfortable life. I was happy to be a part of the crowd, with those things. Not stepping up and listening to myself, my intuition, or what would make my life easier and happier.
And then … finally I listened and some in-grained habits began to change, at the same time as my Happiness as a mother increased –
I’m not telling everyone to do yoga and drink herbal tea – although it could help – what I’m saying is that I knew that these things would be good for ME and still resisted them. Skin problems, IBS, dodgy knee with no meniscus, and highly emotional at certain times of the month – it was obvious that I could make some changes. And making these changes helped in my own journey, but also in my parenting.
What changes are your body, mind and soul, screaming at you to change, alter, try-out, or attempt, and what are you resisting? What attitudes, behaviours, conversations are you resisting having about how you are raising your children? What just seems too hard to do, but you know it would help?
I will tell you – once I started listening to my OWN voice inside, and stopped resisting, some great things happened for me as a mum. My patience increased (I always used to say I didn’t have ANY patience), my ability to see my children for who they ACTUALLY are surfaced, and my happiness and that of my family increased. My home was calmer, I felt able to make decisions more easily, and let guilt go, and anger, and frustration.
What is your inner voice telling you this week? What have YOU resisted for a long time? Can you commit to trying ONE thing that you have been putting off?
You might be surprised at what grows from this place, when you start to trust and listen to yourself.