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Mindfulness and being in the moment is not just a "me time" activity, in fact it should not be. I guess this might be po

Updated on June 14, 2014

This little guy thinks he is hiding

The old Osterich thing. But it really does not matter, I let him be in hiding.
The old Osterich thing. But it really does not matter, I let him be in hiding. | Source

Relax Learn from the learning

A Poem: Children are teachers. Teachers must be children.

I am rock solid on what I preach here

I do not teach anything that is my own

I teach about what we hold dear

I only reflect what has been freely shown

Judge me as a bumbling man

Know that I have failures great

Listen and you may understand

Not about me but an idea to relate

Children happy and abound and forever thrive

Man’s follies do not mitigate

The beauty, the knowledge in a child alive

Breathe deep and concentrate

I slow, I breathe deep and turn off what might beep

I hold the boys hand and know what is great

From his heart to mine let understanding seep

Oh baby this is a sweet tune.

Just surrender and enjoy

I am gone for a moment then hesitate

Love is flowing through a 2 year old to me

I begin to see things in his light

I grasp for my reality to see what I see

But I have slowed to begin to see things in his light

I shake my head and think so hard

But in his world is so easy and not complicate

I struggle and look for problems to against guard

I lose the battle as is my fate

My son has drawn me into his world of mindfulness

Of being in the here and now

He guides me to be here and not regress

I am lost somehow.

Mindfulness is serious business

The ability to block all thoughts of past problems, and to shed worry of the future is enormously beneficial to our health. Being in the present with our children is a huge benefit to them. When was the last time someone paid complete and utter attention to you -- didn't that feel great. Do it for your children and watch a flower bloom. True mindfulness practice is not a "me time" activity. The whole goal is to make us in synchronization with the world not getting out of it.

I have so much to tell this gal. I ain't perfect but I am no longer the crippled baby she held.

Ok I might love Nina more than me.
Ok I might love Nina more than me. | Source

Ya see I was a crippled baby at birth.

Until about 3 I wore braces. Kind of like that Forest Gump kid. My old right leg was turned inward at birth. I reckon I was kind of an experiment for my dad. He was some kind of fancy doctor who believed saving all children was a noble cause.

This wonderful lady took absolute care of me. And I had five older siblings. Actually I "belonged" to my youngest big sister. But my oldest sister really took care of me also. And it took a whole lot of therapy to get that leg straightened out. In other words I was fawned over. And by people whose sole purpose was me for a time. Well as you can expect being born messed up did not stop at my leg.

However with all that attention I learned to get over it. And after my father's death we found a letter he wrote to a niece saying that since my birth I had been his greatest teacher. Something is just right there. And the best I can figure is that it had to do with mindfulness.

Remember when Forest just plain ran out of his braces. He was so focused on the matter at hand that his body just accepted the need to run at that moment. That is so cool.

So you do not believe me about the siblings?

Life is good.
Life is good. | Source

So what about doing things we do not want to do?

There is your child and there is you. Sometimes in life we have to do things we would really rather not be doing. I scowl when I am perplexed. My wife says I am growing wrinkles from "scrunching" my face. So I try not to "scrunch" so much anymore. But one thing I do not do is frown or look sulky. My two wives and my children taught me not to do that. My children taught me by mimicking me and that was not good at all so instead I smile even at doing tasks I do not like, and guess what, so do they.

My wives taught me not to do it, because they both do. And I hate it. Very strange that look. If there is abundance they are happy face. If there is scarcity they frown. If there is stuff they do not want to do and they have to they frown. If you think about that it is normal. And if I think about that I say no thanks.

In truth we very seldom have things to do that are that distasteful. It is a matter of degrees I suppose.

Can you smile when you are down?

Do you think a smile can actually lift your spirits?

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So let us wrap this up with getting back to the title.

Children live in the moment. We teach them to live outside of the moment. What would happen if we just taught them to be happy wherever and whatever they are doing. No looking for happiness but being happiness.

Are you worried that they would just be happy being a no good lousy bum. If that is your worry you are forgetting that happy people are more productive not less. Happy people have more energy and are healthier. If you have children get in their moment - be in their moment and get the blessings of learning together and having your child be your best teacher.

Be good

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      mcnmmarketing 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Eric

      I agree with rcrumple, and wish sometimes that I could go back to being a child. I even tell my children that they don't even know how good they have it. Even though I know I am a child of God. The cares of this world are difficult to let go of.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      rcrumple, do they have a king of commenters position. Your are the best. You always add to my thoughts in a positive way.

      I hope and can capture that space and keep it handy to return to and be refreshed.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Eric -

      When we look at life as an adult, we do tend to complicate things. When we look at it through the eyes of a child, it's amazing not only how simple it can be, but how beautiful it really is. Amazing what society does to us, isn't it? Great Job, my friend!