Bodily Fluids Have Nothing on Meditation: One Mother’s Practice Reignited. ~ Licia Morelli

Via on Oct 6, 2013

 

photo: flickr/Ryan Oelke
photo: flickr/Ryan Oelke

In exactly 12 days I turn 35.

In my 35 years I have accomplished some things, failed at others, attended a Buddhist Liberal Arts University in Boulder, Colorado, practiced meditation, got married, had two kids and moved to Maine.

In this time I have tried to maintain a steady practice of mindfulness and meditation. Some years have been slim; some have been steady and some non-existent. Overall, I have learned that parenting brings a whole new meaning to how my meditation practice looks in my day.

It is a little different but does the trick just the same.

I had once lived in a world of smug self assurance believing that I could do anything. A sort of sense that no matter what life threw at me I could always go back to my breath (and my meditation cushion) and all would be right again.

Little did I know that the challenges of parenthood would rock my practice to its core. I suddenly noticed that meditation started occurring in the strangest of places. Scenarios in which I would never had pictured myselfpre-children suddenly became commonplace.

I understood that while sitting on my meditation cushion was a fantastic way of practicing, even better were the humbling experiences to which only my children could bring me.

Stomach Flu Hits in the Local TJMaxx.

It was a rainy day and so I thought what better way to spend the morning with the two year old than going to shop for some new shoes and browse around the wares at the local store. As the neon lights buzzed overhead, carts rolled by and Richard Marx played in the background, my son began to grow a look on his face that was somewhat familiar but that I could not quite place.

As he sat (seemingly) happily in the cart, I bent down to make a cutesy face when it hit.

First the heaves, then the bile.

I automatically reached out my arms to catch the offense. It was as though time stopped. I could feel the eyes of the other patrons looking at me wondering what the ruckus (and smell) was all about. It was all I could do to stay calm.

Then suddenly as quickly as it started there was silence.

I stood there dripping and unsure of what to do next for what felt like an eternity. I continued focusing on the in and out of my breath.

As my anxiety levels spiked I let the thoughts go.

In and out. In and out.

It was the only thing keeping me in my proverbial seat.

In the end, a kind employee came in to save the day with paper towels and a mop, reassuring me that this “happens all the time.”

It was in this moment that my understanding of how I could incorporate a meditation and mindfulness practice in my life shifted and evolved. I no longer could use the excuses of “I don’t have the time” or “It is such a luxury to take 15 minutes and sit.”

Meditation is right there in front of me, everyday—when the kids are crying or whining or just plain miserable, when they are happy and laughing and imagining a wild world through play.

Watching them and staying present while focusing on the in and out of breath as we move through this wild life keeps me here practicing everyday right where I want to be—alongside them.

Even if there are heaves and bile.

 

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Assist Ed: Sanja Cloete-Jones/Ed: Bryonie Wise

 

About Licia Morelli

Licia Morelli is an internationally recognized clairvoyant psychic, intuitive coach, and writer. Licia sees clients all over the world for coaching and clairvoyant readings and is currently writing a children’s book on mindfulness and meditation as well as a self help book for creating success. When she’s not writing, meditating, or being mindful, you can often find Licia eating frozen yogurt and searching for witty banter. See more at Licia’s websiteTumblrFacebook and Twitter.

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4 Responses to “Bodily Fluids Have Nothing on Meditation: One Mother’s Practice Reignited. ~ Licia Morelli”

  1. Andy says:

    Licia I graduated from a small Liberal Arts college in Boulder, CO as well, and am 35. I'll tell you: not a lot of writing on this subject speaks to me, but your writing just did. It is direct and connected to such an everyday world. I felt like I could touch the moment with you complete with vomit, bargains, and Richard Marx. Your honesty helps me touch this moment and the realities of what is present for me now.

    • Hi Andy,

      Thank you so much for your kind feedback – I am so glad to hear that the article was something that helped you connect "to the everyday world". Struggling for many years on how to bring mindfulness and meditation into my daily life accessibly my hope is to now help others do the same. Thank you!!! You can also see more of my work at Scooch. Daily on Facebook and http://www.scoochdaily.tumblr.com. Have a great day!

      Licia

  2. Lynn Shattuck lynnola says:

    You're right; we really are living parallel lives in Maine! Great article. ~ Lynn

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