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I Just Yelled At My Kid

We all lose our patience sometimes. This meditation will help you give yourself some grace, take a beat to cool down, and figure out next steps.

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Hi there, and welcome to this SOS parenting meditation on yelling at your kids. And so it has happened. Your child or children has pushed you to the brink. You lost your cool and you yelled at them. It's okay, it happens. You are not alone. I promise, you're not the first or last parent to get pushed past your limit. Let's first let go of any judgment for right now, and send yourself all of the compassion that you need. I personally believe that most parents are ultimately looking to instill a sense of understanding with their children so their children are able to develop their own internal compass and decipher what's the best choice in each moment. And this takes mindful communication. Remembering a huge part of mindful communication is first checking in with yourself. So for this practice, let's allow ourselves to do a brief checking in meditation. So adopting a comfortable, dignified posture of awareness. And gently taking a deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth, allowing your full attention to drop into this moment and closing your eyes if it's comfortable for you. And now just shifting the attention to your breathing, noticing the natural coming and going of your breath. And with your next breath, shifting your attention to your physical self, just noticing any sensations throughout your body, and noticing without any judgment. And with your next breath, now shifting your attention to your emotions. Noticing the predominant emotions that are present for you right now. Perhaps there's some anger, or maybe some regret that's present. And again, noticing without any judgment. And with your next breath, shifting your attention to your mental self, to your thoughts. Just noticing the thoughts that are flowing through your mind, almost as if they are a gentle river. And you're just at the edge of it, watching it as it floats by. No judgment necessary. And in this next moment, gently bringing the attention back to your breath. Breathing naturally, breathing normally. And if it's comfortable for you, gently taking a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth, and opening your eyes if they were closed, and allowing yourself to do this checking-in meditation multiple times a day, whether you're feeling agitated or not. It's the perfect preventative meditation that will build up your stress resiliency, so that when the children get you riled up, and they will, you'll be able to smoothly shift into a space of mindful communication. Okay, sending you peace and compassion....


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