AWARENESS, chapter 13, in Anat Baniel’s book

Kids Beyond Limits, lists 9 essentials for your child’s transformation. They are also essentials to our learning, and our waking up to a higher quality of parenting , loving and life in general.   This chapter is about awareness. It’s hard to write about.

 

It’s easy to do. When we remember, and we usually forget. It’s crucial to our child being able to be a choice maker and a learner and a happy developing person.

 

Let’s give it a go, eh?

AWARE, AWARING, AWARENESS

Awareness

I can be aware of my fingers and my breathing and the sounds of cars and keyboard and my house as I type this

I can just be focused on the words

you can be taking in the words, and aware of the computer and how far you are from it and whether you are breathing in or out, or pausing between

kids you are aware are present to their own being,
as an actual choice making and noticing part of the world

awareness is hard to write about

Anat does a fair job,

but her best suggestion is  to practice

so,
as I write,
as you read,
as you listen to  and interact with your child

we can practice
being present

present
to
ourselves as alive right now

present to our child
as
alive right now

present to our
ideas about what we want
to happen with our child

noticing without a demand that it be different

noticing without judging,

it’s freedom.

and
her best hint:

for whom do we want this to happen

do we want our child
to wake up
be happy
learn
have a fun interaction
with us

or do we want a certain performance to allay our worry?

And to notice
without judging

that’s key to mindfulness which is another way of talking about what Anat’s talking about

she also has a useful bit about kids in their tantrum,
or their anger:

they don’t know what they are doing

right,
and adults, too, when emotional,
it’s usually just a floodgate opening and no one is really home

this is human life:

we can be home to the moment
or
not

including this one

enjoy the game

enjoy the practice

your love life

with child
with self
with life
with mate

will all flourish in
the
now

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