Stillness

I am willing to guess that anybody who signs up for a course called Self-Care for Frazzled Parents does not spend a lot of time being still.

The constant demands of our children keep us hopping and when they do leave us alone for a minute, there is always something to clean, to cook, to put away, or a phone call to make or an errand to run. Sitting still, or even standing still feels like a luxury we don’t have.

But, the truth is this. Without stillness in our lives, we will never be able to find balance with all that movement. In stillness, our bodies can realign where they are out of whack. They can settled and lose some of that crazy edge that shows us we have become frazzled again.

I don’t know about you, but when I get to the end of the day and the kids have gone to bed, if I try to find stillness on the couch, a short five-minute break turns into the whole evening wasted. If you find this is true for you, then I recommend practicing stillness while standing. It is less restful because your legs still need to work to hold you up, but it is easier to transition back into motion later.