If you look at my bookshelf you will notice the books are overwhelmingly dedicated to two topics: theology and parenting. (At least on my side of the shelves. J’s side has biographies and photography books. He’s much more interesting than me 🙂
But anyway… I tend to buy books in a stack, and then read them as I get to them, sometimes months later. Lately I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading and I have noticed a theme. Both the theology and the parenting books are recommending “being present” as a way to be healthy and whole. These aren’t new concepts. Meditation, mindfulness, and centering prayer have been conversation topics for quite a while.
I’ve tried several times,unsuccessfully, to start a meditation practice. I keep falling asleep.
Then I was reading last night of the importance of staying mindful with your child. Being present, this book theorizes, keeps the relationship strong and conflicts manageable.
I have to say I agree. How many times have I “disappeared” to check my email, update Facebook, or play a quick game of Angry Birds? While I am otherwise occupied the kids get into the most incredible fights with each other. Coincidence? Probably not.
I have a friend who would argue, though, that as mom who is with her kids from waking to sleeping Every Single Day that I should allow myself some break time.
So how do I stay present and stay sane? I don’t know. But if you come across a book with the answer, let me know. I’ll add it to my collection.