Meditating Moms

“…because kids are sensitive to their mothers’ stress.”

An article in the Huffington Post reporting on a meditation meet-up group for moms caught my eye. Here’s a brief excerpt:

More and more mothers are finding meditation to be an effective way to avoid burnout and exhaustion. Rather than taking time out for a coffee, many moms are squeezing in a few minutes of meditation while the baby is napping or before heading home from work.

Meditation is especially important for mothers because kids are sensitive to their mothers' stress. Studies show that when a mother is overworked, anxious or depressed, her children have higher stress, too.

If you're a single mom, working mom, or a mother at home, meditation can be an indispensable tool to relieve stress, improve self-esteem and achieve inner happiness. It makes time for itself because of the added efficiency and energy it gives to life.

Although it's easy to meditate on your own, increasing numbers of women are getting together to meditate—and making it a social event.

"When I meditate, I drop everything, forget about everything," says a mother of two. "But after meditation, I can focus better on what I need to get done, and it gets done much easier."

"Meditation anchors me," says another mom. "It steadies me as I dash off to pick up my 5-year-old at school and drop off my-12-year old at football practice."

You can read the complete article Meditating Moms: A Silent Revolution online.

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