“Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It’s cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time. It means becoming more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.
Parenting through mindfulness has the potential to penetrate past surface appearances and behaviors and allow us to see our children as they truly are, so we can act with some degree of wisdom and compassion. The more we are able to keep in mind the intrinsic wholeness and beauty of our children – especially when it’s difficult to see – the more our ability to be mindful deepens.” – Jon Kabat Zinn
The Shambala Center in DC is offering a day long program on Saturday, January 24th exploring parenthood as a path of practice.
“You will explore ways to manifest principles of the Bodhisattva path and Shambhala warriorship in your families and in your lives. The Bodhisattva is one who is dedicated to the well-being of others and whose actions are guided by the principles of the Paramitas, or virtuous actions. As parents we have the good fortune of ample opportunities to practice putting others first. Through an exploration of the 6 Paramitas we will investigate how to bring further intention, wisdom, and compassion into our parenting, into our own minds and hearts, and by extension into our interaction with the world around us.”