Equanimity: Parents Obtaining Little Victories

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Once upon a time… just kidding! We don’t do that cliché stuff here. So, let me tell you a little story about finding balance and using mindfulness techniques, because let’s face it, being a working mom or dad can sometimes feel like trying to juggle flaming swords on a unicycle while reciting the periodic table backwards.

So there I was, a working parent, drowning in deadlines, endless emails, and the eternal struggle to keep my offspring from turning into tiny, sugar-fueled Tasmanian devils. My life was a whirlwind of chaos, and my mind resembled a hamster on a caffeine high. I needed some serious help, and that’s when I discovered the magical world of mindfulness.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Mindfulness, schmindfulness, right? It sounds like something out of a cheesy self-help book that your weird Aunt Mildred would recommend. But trust me, it’s not all patchouli and chanting.


Imagine if you could pause the chaos for just a moment and actually enjoy a hot cup of coffee without reheating it fifteen times. Sounds like a fantasy, doesn’t it? Well, mindfulness can make that happen. It’s all about being present in the moment and embracing the chaos with open arms.

One of my favorite mindfulness techniques is the “Movie Moment.” You know those scenes in movies where everything slows down, and the hero emerges from a cloud of smoke, looking all badass? Well, picture yourself as that hero, except instead of battling villains, you’re conquering a mountain of unread emails. Take a deep breath, channel your inner superhero, and tackle those tasks like a boss.


Another technique that has been a game-changer for me is the “Detox Zone.” No, I’m not talking about some fancy juice cleanse. I’m talking about creating a sacred space, even if it’s just a tiny corner of your living room, where you can escape the madness and reconnect with your sanity. Fill it with things that bring you joy, like photographs, a cozy blanket, or your favorite sarcastic motivational quote. It’s your little slice of zen in a chaotic world.

But here’s the real kicker, folks. Mindfulness isn’t just about finding balance; it’s about embracing the imbalances and imperfections of life. It’s about acknowledging that you can’t do it all, and that’s perfectly okay. So what if you burned dinner for the umpteenth time? It’s just an excuse to order takeout and avoid doing dishes, am I right?


In the end, my friends, mindfulness is not some unattainable goal or a mystical unicorn that only yoga instructors can ride. It’s a mindset, a way of life that allows us to be present in the chaos, find a moment of peace, and maybe even throw in a cheeky punchline or two along the way.

So, to all the working moms and dads out there, remember this: you don’t need a fairy godmother or a magic wand to find balance. All you need is a little mindfulness, a dash of humor, and the belief that you are the hero of your own story.

Now, go forth and conquer, my fellow warriors of parenthood! And don’t forget to enjoy that cup of Irish coffee every Saturday morning