How to practice mindfulness as a family
Mindfulness or Mindfulness It is a state of consciousness. Jon Kabat -Zinn, one of the foremost precursors of mindfulness in the West, defines it as the ability to pay attention intentionally to the present moment, without judging. This ability to be and feel the present moment makes us more aware of the circumstances we live and how we relate to those situations and the people involved in those scenarios.
In the family is where we live more situations that put us to the test, but what if precisely in the family we could experience that change of consciousness that implies a change in the relational and with oneself? To practice mindfulness in family It can be a wonderful practice and a unique opportunity to grow individually and at the family level.
A "mindful family" is one that lives in the present, enjoys it, is a family that feels in unity and all the members are connected, support and accompany each other in the lived processes. There is a harmony at the family level that makes each lived circumstance a learning opportunity. They grow and learn all and the family evolves in favor of its members.
Create a mindful space
This will be one of the first objectives to start practicing mindfulness as a family, a meeting place where a place to meditate together is possible, where we can make conscious reflections and be able to rescue and focus our attention to the moments of the day that we can thank . A place where unconditional acceptance and non-judgment reign and where love and compassion becomes visible. We can locate this place in a place of the house "the mindful corner", we can make a cabin with fabrics or simply a carpet will locate us in this special space.
We must locate it in time and keep it daily, a good time may be at the end of the day. We can do guided meditations, practice conscious breathing, focus attention on certain family moments, either to feel and taste the positive or to learn from them especially if they have experienced difficult times or conflict, here we will have a wonderful opportunity to grow and become more resistant.
It is a being in doing and in not doing, in silence being able to accompany and feel the other, see and accept it. This is what our children need, a present and aware parents that can see and feel their children for who they are, managing to separate their behaviors from their being and that above all meet their needs and look at them from the heart accepting them unconditionally. what they do, feeling them as unique and wonderful beings that they are, allowing them to be.
Benefits of mindfulness in the family
And it is from that genuine and wonderful individuality where we connect and tune in with our children and they can in turn connect with us as well. From here we increase tolerance and empathy, decrease reactivity and begin to respond, not react, increase reflective capacity and generate more conscious responses that will help educate in a more conscious way and accompany our children's guides towards a healthier growth and to develop the best version of themselves, while we do that same process, we bring our best version to the world, a more conscious and present version.
Patricia Beltrán. Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Family Therapist, Psychologists Pozuelo. Primary school teacher. Specialist in Psicocorporales Therapies.