For those of you parents out there trying to balance your spiritual life with your family life, this is for you. Sometimes life can get hectic when we have children and a family to care for and we forget to take time to connect with our SELF. So I’d like to mention a few things that are helpful for my family that may help you find the time to meditate or develop your spirituality in your own unique way. Since giving birth to my son 3 years ago I’ve barely slowed down to breathe. We had a rough start with a very traumatic birth and it continued to snowball from there. He is on the Autism Spectrum and has Sensory Sensitivities that require me to be on twenty four seven. I have a lot of responsibility to care for him in a very special way and make sure his needs are taken care of first. If I’m not at my best it’s not helping him one bit. Once I began to meditate at least once daily or find some quiet time for a few minutes my family life benefited greatly. You don’t have to make it a big ritual thing with bells and candles. You can just take a few moments to breathe and center yourself. With small children it is sometimes difficult. Some days I can only manage five minutes in the bathroom alone and that was my moment for the day. I try to make it a point to take a few moments each day to center myself no matter if it is only a short time. When my son was an infant we were very into baby wearing. I would put him in the ERGO and we would take a walk outside to get some fresh air and recharge. As he has gotten older now he will sit and watch a movie or play on his tablet for a few minutes while I do deep breathing in the other room where I can still see him. There are days he comes and joins me and plays with my crystals or pretends to do “OM’s” with me. I try to make it a point to let him know he is very encouraged to participate if he wants to. I want him to grow up knowing this is a natural and healthy thing for all of us. My son is still very young and doesn’t sit still for two seconds so he’s not ready for complete silent meditations just yet. Yoga is a great way to get children involved that have the wiggles. If we are having a rough day and he’s very wiggly I will take him to the park or in the stroller on a trail to get some fresh air and it’s very helpful for both of us. Sometimes we all just need a break. As mothers and fathers, we sometimes get so caught up in caring for our families that we neglect to care and nurture ourselves. Spirituality isn’t something that just falls into your lap, you have to make choices that align with your path each day. All the little choices add up to a very big part of your life. Take the time each day to reconnect and tune in to your guides and angels. If we get so caught up in the physical world we can sometimes forget that we have helpers who are there for us to ask them for help at anytime. Make sure to check in with yourself at least once a day to remain centered so that you can be the best parent you can be. It’s very important for us to live in a way that teaches our children that it’s natural to care for ourselves and remain connected to Source. Our children are our future and today is the best time to start giving them positive spiritual role models in their daily life. No matter how small, take a break during the day to connect and listen to your inner guidance. It will refresh you to be at your best for your family.