A Mother’s Meditation

English: The Play of Light Meditation Mandala ...

I quiet my mind with a deep, stilling breath. And then another. I sit in the emptiness and experience myself, the light in me, perhaps for the first time today. I am quiet. All of the sounds and emotions of my day fall away. I greet myself gently and forgive myself the moments when I was not the Mother I hope to be. I value myself for the moments when I was. I envision a circle of light washing over me , filling me back up with all of the love and energy that I put into caring for my children today. My mind is clear. My heart is happy. I have energy. I have confidence. I have joy. I breathe deeply once again, shedding all negative thoughts. I let go of the way I believe things should be and feel peace with what is. I experience my children’s beautiful, sparkling eyes in my mind and see them as if for the first time. I invite their spirit to join with mine and together we give thanks for the miracle of our perfect union. I trust that we were brought together perfectly and that we have so much to learn from one another. I sit in this beautiful place and allow my breath to heal any pain I might have felt in my experience as a Mother today or on any other day. I come to a place where I may begin again in wholeness. A deep love comes over me. With my breath I find my rhythm again. I find a pace for my words and actions that allows me to meet each moment with grace and presence. Beauty enters. And nature. I know that I will treat my children with greater gentleness. I will hear their words. I will smile at them and invite their thoughts into my heart. All that they are will be safe and respected with me. As I come to the end of this quiet moment I take another healing breath and see myself with the same love that I feel for my children. The love I share with my children each day showers me now. I feel peace. I feel energized for the days to come. I feel alive and ready to give.

Listen and be guided in A Mother’s Meditation by Meghan Nathanson

22 thoughts on “A Mother’s Meditation

  1. Thank you..we all have to remind us of this every day..often there is so much stress and hurry,we forget how important it is to be gentle with our children and ourselves…

    • Thank you Neela. I am so happy that this meditation touched you. I am working on others so stay tuned! Lots of love, Meghan

    • I cannot think of anyone I would rather share this with!!! I am so happy it spoke to you. It was wonderful spending time with your beautiful family this past weekend. Lots of love, Meghan

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  3. Thank you for reminding me to be gentle with myself as often enough we forget and lose ourselves with our busy lives.

  4. Found this meditation while doing a search on the internet and so glad I did. This has helped me through many challenging days. Thank you! Looking forward to more!

    • I am so happy that this meditation has touched you Melisa. It is my greatest hope to be a source of comfort and support to mothers as they journey down this path. You have inspired in my a possible second meditation, so I thank you!! I hope to post it in the coming weeks. With much love, Meghan

  5. Hi! Do you have a podcast? Or can I only listen to you via your blog? I’d love to have you in my regular podcast rotation. I love your words…

    • Dear Courtaney … I do not have a podcast as of yet but perhaps I should consider creating one! In September I will have some time to come back to this work that I love of writing and sharing meditations. I plan to write A Mother’s Morning Meditation (as suggested by a reader). I will add “Creating a Podcast” (of both!) to my list … Thank you for the suggestion! (hmmm …. I wonder how you create a podcast?!) With much love, Meghan

      • Excited to hear the morning meditation as there’s often a little quiet pause before my day starts and would love to fill up with this before the chaos begins!

      • Dear Sarah — Thank you for your message! I am happy to report that *just today* I was in a studio recording these meditations so that they may be more reliable on my webpage and also available for download. I will be sharing them early in 2015! Sending lots of love, Meghan

  6. Thank you so much for this. I have 5 children. I often go to bed and cry myself to sleep because I feel I am failing my children….because I was not the mother I hoped to be. I have often felt empty and nothing left to give when I wake up. Your meditation has helped me to fill that empty space. It has given me permission to forgive myself and be more gentle with myself and my children. I will smile and invite their thoughts into my heart. Thank you again for your inspiration.

    • Dear Mel … I cannot tell you how touched I am by your message. I remember when I wrote this meditation two years ago, I was compelled to say all of the things that I wished someone would say to me – including acknowledging the many times that I have felt that I have failed my children and suggesting that it was ok. Knowing that this has helped you truly makes this writing and my sharing worth while. I can only imagine how hard it is to care for 5 children when my two sometimes feel like more than I can handle. They are all such very precious beings and deserve tender care AND we also deserve tender care as mothers. I am sending you so much love and support that you may find moments to be gentle with yourself. You do have what it takes. Your intention and willingness to reflect will make all of the difference in the lives of your children. Please be in touch again and let me know how you are doing. I have a Facebook page as well that you might find helpful https://www.facebook.com/MindfulMothering?ref=hl

      Lots of love, Meghan

  7. Wait, what?

    I was listening and getting into it, thinking about how I’d share this excellent meditation far and wide, then it ended abruptly.

    What happened? Where can we hear the whole thing, please?

    Thank you!

    • I’m so sorry for the delay in responding and I’m so sorry for the cut-off! I’ve been working to solve these issues and just today spent my morning in a studio recording the meditations so that they might be both more reliable and available for download. I plan to launch a new site including these meditations in mid-January 2015. I hope you will return to experience them again then (and THEN share them far and wide :)). (as an aside, this meditation seems to play all the way through for most people: http://meghannathanson.com/2014/09/17/a-mothers-morning-meditation/) With much love, Meghan

  8. Thank you so much for the gift of this beautiful meditation that I have shared & recommended to others. As the miter of a 4 week old girl and busy 2 year old boy it’s become a valuable part of my day in the rare quiet moments, giving nourishment for the hours to follow. Thank you.

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