a mindful morning.

“Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. It is all we ever have so we might as well work with it rather than struggling against it. We might as well make it our friend and teacher rather than our enemy.” Pema Chodron

I used to practice meditation at least 3-4 times a week throughout my pregnancy with Charlie. But then, you know, I went ahead and had the baby and lost my quiet, reflective time to playing with, feeding and generally loving on said baby.

This morning I had a spare few minutes after getting ready and before it became time to wake Charlie up. This has never happened. Ever. In almost six months! I took advantage and opened up my Calm app to get in a five minute meditation. The first time since Charlie was born! I tell you I felt so serene at the start of my day. I want to say that I was just a little bit more peaceful all day. Is that crazy? I feel like I treated myself and others with just a little more grace than I would have otherwise. I’m not going to say that morning meditation is going to be making a permanent appearance again anytime soon. Mornings are just hard. But it’s definitely a reminder to take a couple minutes in the morning (maybe while I’m driving to work!) to just check in with myself about how I’m feeling, how I’m treating (and reacting to) others, and a reminder to take the present in stride – whatever the present may bring throughout the day.