Baby Step 7

Dear Mama, If you're feeling overwhelmed about starting the homeschooling year, come join us on our baby steps path to a peaceful home and rhythm.  Start at baby step 1!  Love, Kelly Today I want you to take 20 minutes for quiet reflection, inner work, and planning. Then I want you to keep getting those 20 quiet minutes every day.

Does twenty minutes sound like a big commitment? I think a simple inner work practice - just a pause point for reflection - is one of the best things you can do to be an excellent mother and teacher for your children. It will help you slow down and be more intentional about your days.  I've fallen out of this habit and I know that's one of the main reasons I've been feeling overwhelmed by the pace of life.

There isn’t any one thing you need to do during your twenty minutes of quiet except for take a break from the steady stream of input that is coming into your life. Take a break from reading, listening, watching, doing, talking. Give yourself a chance to look and listen inward instead.

You might like to reflect on your day in your mind or in your journal. Steiner suggests mentally reviewing your entire day in reverse (start with now and bring to mind all that happened today in reverse order back to when you awoke) and I find this to be a good practice in concentration as well as a good starting point for gratitude. You could use a journal like this to set your intentions and then reflect on your day, use a journal like this to record your favorite memory from the day, or make a simple list of things you are grateful for.

You could also spend a few minutes in meditation or prayer.

You might like to take a few minutes to plan your day, review your goals, or set an intention.

Think about when you can have 20 minutes of quiet - most likely early in the morning or at night after the kiddos are in bed. If it needs to happen while you’re nursing a baby, that’s fine too!

Write down your plan in your planning journal for when you will have your reflection time and what you will do during that time. Having a simple plan will make it easier to follow through. You probably know what I’m going to say next - set an alarm as a reminder to yourself!

You can do this! If you want to celebrate and find motivation with other awesome mamas, head over to this post on facebook and tell us when you’re going to give yourself the time to pause.