The ninth annual Palo Alto Mothers Symposium was Saturday, March 7th and it featured Karen Maezen Miller, the author of Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood. She is a mother, blogger, and Zen Buddhist priest who teaches mothers to see the joy in everyday situations and how to find joy in the here and now!
This is what I took away from the morning - first we all need to practice:
counting our blessings
finding peace (of mind)
trusting our children
being okay with this (what is)
Most importantly, we need to have time and give time freely - because we have all the time in the world. Having time reflects our priorities - if we said "you are not important" to our children instead of "not now" every time we put them off - I bet we would stop ignoring their pleas for our attention!
I also learned that I do not want to practice:
I love the Mothers Symposium - it honors motherhood and I always float out, happy with the entire world! Today, I am going to practice what I learned - for as long as I can.