Benjamin Norris is a journalist from Bristol, UK, who spends his days lecturing Indian Cultural History at one of Europe’s leading Architecture Universities. He is particularly fascinated by global spiritual cultures and practices, and by many subjects of an esoteric nature. His writing often reflects these interests, and he enjoys little more than delving deeply into unknown worlds of research. You can find more of Benjamin’s work at Omharmonics.com.
Yoga and Meditation for Mothers
The early years of a child’s life undoubtedly have an impact on the entire development of their childhood. This is something now widely understood more clearly than ever before, and we have a thorough insight today into how the stress and anxiety levels of mothers can have a lasting impression on their young children.
Motherhood, particularly during the first few years, is supposed to be a magical, miraculous time for women, full of the joys of having a baby to look after and nurture, to love and to educate. Unfortunately, for so many women, this image of perfection and purity is depressingly far from reality, and often due to no fault of the individual.
Society and modern life is generally unforgiving, and there are enormous pressures upon the modern woman to live up roles dictated to them – they are expected to be all things at all times, to be a loving mother, have a career, and be a devoted partner all at once. Money is more of an issue than ever before, and only the very fortunate among us have the luxury of not having to worry about financial problems when being a mother to a young child. Often, people with very young children cannot afford childcare, and so have to work in a part-time job whilst also trying not to neglect their child or sever the bond between them. Yes, indeed, motherhood is often full of stress, anxiety, panic and pain.
Not only this, but children can be difficult – very difficult indeed! As any mother will tell you, the first few years involve many sleepless nights, constantly worrying and running around after little ones, constantly living in a state of paranoia and fear that they might hurt themselves, or that something bad will happen to them.
Noise, mess and the demanding nature of young children regularly drive new mothers to distraction, as this merely adds an extra layer of difficulty on top of the other worries and stresses in the life of the modern woman. What can be done to solve such problems, or bring a little peace, harmony, confidence and empowerment into your life? The answers, thankfully, are simple, enjoyable, and long-lasting.
Due to the stressful nature of motherhood, and the often devastating effect it can have on a woman’s spiritual and psychic life, any solutions to these problems need to target a woman’s whole being holistically – nurturing the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the body.
Over the past decade or so, there has been an enormous increase in interest regarding the ancient spiritual practices of India, and millions upon millions of ordinary men and women around the world are using meditation, yoga, energy healing and a range of other techniques to help them put their lives in order and find a sense of inner peace and happiness. Nobody requires peace, tranquility and relaxation more than new mothers, and as such, taking a little time each day to relax and get in touch with your inner self is highly recommended for those with young children.
Setting up a routine
Once the madness of the day is over, and your child or baby is asleep, make sure you find a bit of time for yourself. Even if you feel exhausted, encourage yourself to set aside a bit of time in which you can practice a little yoga (there are dozens of websites and DVD’s, etc. to help you do this in your home), or meditate.
Meditation is a gloriously simple way of realigning your senses and encouraging positive energies into your body, with which you can face each day stronger, more confident and empowered than before. Even as little as twenty minutes of deep breathing and repeating positive affirmations can have a stunning and powerful impact on your life, help you get your priorities in order, and love yourself as a woman and as a mother.
When we meditate, we invite stillness, contemplation and reflection into our souls – something which is all too easy to leave to one side when we are struggling with the stresses of motherhood However, it is vital for our own happiness, and for creating a stable, calm and secure home for our children. So next time you are feeling as if it is all too much for you, step back, sit down, play a meditation audio track like Omharmonics, take a deep breath and invite a little stillness and tranquillity back into your mind and spirit.
There are hundreds of methods just waiting to be explored, and it shouldn’t take long to find the one which suits your needs and requirements. Explore meditation and yoga today, and discover your potential for unlimited patience, confidence and happiness in motherhood!