We're not perfect OR we're perfect just the way we are. My son arrived into the world with this affirmation. He's now a few hours away from being 4 years old. This day, and the hours before he glowed into our lives remains stamped- forever. But what did I know about being a mother or a parent? And has that really changed after almost 4 years?
Nope, not really. I've come to realize that all my experiences are equal to a Practice. Just like practicing yoga on the mat, Life is a practice off the mat. We are always in a practice to meet our best selves. This has been my experience as a mother, parent, business owner, yoga student and as a teacher. The process of learning doesn't cease and therefore the practice of practicing continues; and through this practice I have realized a more relaxed motherhood.
I believe falling, failing and making mistakes are opportunities to grow. They provide space, a pause; to stop, look, think and process or simply reflect and practice until we're ready for the next step. Being a parent is the toughest job I have had thus far. Allowing myself to always be in inquiry has helped me breathe through the more challenging days where transitions and bedtime are super elastic. Just knowing that no matter the outcome, I'm always trying my best to reach my perfect self.
Motherhood has lead to a new self discovery. His spirit is larger than his body and my love for him is deeper than my soul. He Is My Light.
It was a warm evening on November 16th 2015, I looked down into the palm of my hands and two lines looked backed at me on my pregnancy test. I was officially pregnant. The old me gone and the new me ready to start a very different journey. Some time had passed and when everything started to feel more real, many people would often tell me to enjoy life because things were about to change for good! I assumed I knew what they were referring to; long sleepless nights, crying babies and lots of diaper changers right?! But being a mother brings a different kind of change that no one really understands, and sometimes I feel, not even dads.
Special needs is a very broad term to use when describing children. When it comes to the education system for younger kids, many children are being diagnosed with learning disabilities and emotional disorders. These children are also being labeled as special needs alongside children with physical disabilities. Whilst one can never compare the experiences faced by these amazing children, the way in which parents and loved ones communicate with them may sometimes be different.