Buddhism for Mothers: Worrying About Our Children
Oh, Worry! You again!?!
My friends, here’s the truth… I’m a worrier. Part of the spiritual work I have been doing since becoming pregnant with O is learning to tame my needless worrying. Of course all mothers worry a little bit, but for some of us it can start to interfere with our happiness, mentally pull us away from our families. Focusing on a mindful existence is definitely one way to affectively lessen the amount of time we spend with worry. A present mother is not a mother distracted with fearful thoughts. I found the list of What We Can Do at the end of this chapter to be especially helpful. Although many of these suggestions are practices I already try to implement in my daily life, I find it helpful to have them there on the page, listed before me.
Oh, interestingly enough, (and sort of related), I’ve found I do worry a little bit less with my second baby than I did with my first. It’s not that I care any less at all… It’s more of a We‘ve been here before and know it’s nothing to get in a fuss about kind of approach. It’s rather a relief, actually.
What are your thoughts on this chapter? How do you keep from being wrought with worry?
PS My apologies for the late post this week.
PPPS Does anyone want to talk about my roses??? We have nine (9!) open blooms right now. They are called Sunshine Daydream. So incredibly beautiful!