My life is pretty dreamy these days. (I have a national park for a backyard. I get to stay home with my darling daughter while also pursuing my own career goals. My husband is a wonderful partner. I am surrounded each day with love and beauty.)
But as much as I can acknowledge how incredibly lucky I am, I must also admit that sometimes I do not handle full-time parenting of a toddler with grace. I get stressed and irritated and snap at her and at my husband. I don’t want to be a parent who raises her voice at her sweet little boundary-exploring daughter, and I don’t want to be a passive-aggressive partner. I’m working on becoming more mindful, & one way I’m doing so is by integrating time for meditation and breath work in my day.
I have been using the Inscape app for my daily practice. It has guided meditations & breathing tools that I can access anytime I need a break. Inscape has a bunch of different “moments” like Conquering Deadlines, Facing an Audience, & Instant Stress Relief that you can choose to explore. When you open the app, it’ll make a suggestion for you based on time of day- like Energetic Morning, Upbeat Afternoon, or a Tranquil Evening session for example. It also allows the user to choose the length of the practice, which is a really cool feature. I like having the ability to do quick 3 minute session for cooling down emotions, or to really take some time to dig deep and indulge myself in something longer. I particularly love the 20 minute gratitude session, which helps me to reflect on all the things in my life I am grateful for.