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What an emotional day around here… Thank goodness my little one always can make me laugh.

Finally, after hours of stress, I sat down in the living room, looking out over the back yard and said (half aloud) “I need to sit.”

I sat with my cup of Koni Radiant Beauty white tea and took a deep breath. Out of nowhere, Ella said, “oh! SIT as in meditate!? I have just the thing. Stay there, don’t start.”

She ran to her room to retreive her Zune and plugged it into the amplifier for the main house speakers. Ella selected one of her favorite albums: Mike Cohen’s Om Dattatreya and proceeded to sit with her back to mine.

She sat still(ish) for an entire song, and it was enough to give both of us a fresh start for the day.

Meditating briefly with the little one.

Tell me, how do you start over on a stressful day?

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  • Tara Faul December 14, 2011, 8:34 am

    What a beautiful moment! My heart swells when I think of getting moments like these with my kids as they get older. Right now with an almost 3 year old and a 16 month old it feels like I will never get any sleep or meditation time, but eventually this season does pass, and until then I love seeing things like this!

    • Karen December 14, 2011, 2:40 pm

      Oh Tara, I still don’t get any sleep ;)  But the meditation with a 3-5 year old only lasts for one song.  On the bright side, we get to have the constant practice of patience with preschoolers!

      • Tara faul December 14, 2011, 8:51 pm

        Am I the only one who fantasizes about what I will do in retirement? 25 years old and dreaming of retirement….there is something horrible about that. Haha

      • Karen December 16, 2011, 9:32 pm

        Heavens no.  I just don’t ever imagine “retiring”!

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