“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” — Thích Nhất Hạnh, Buddhist monk, author and peace activist
What does it feel like when you are talking to someone and they check their text messages? Or you try to tell your husband about something the children did today and he starts opening the mail?
Mindfulness helps us focus our attention on one thing or one person without feeling compelled to follow distractions where our wandering mind wants to take us. That is truly being present.
What does our child learn if our attention is on our phone and not on them? That they are not important. What does this do to their development, their chances for happiness and success?
A landmark study in 2010 by Dr Robert Epstein and Shannon Fox found that the most important thing we can do for children is…..