Our children are given to us for such a short period of time. As the parent of two teenagers I am acutely and poignantly aware of how short our remaining time together within the same house is.
One question that has been valuable to me lately is this: Fast forwarding 10 years, what do I want most to have imparted to these precious human beings?
For me, the answer is that I want to have imparted the path back to being peaceful, whole, and free. To trust themselves completely, and to honor their truth and follow it where ever it may lead. To embody their wholeness and to live from there.
And, being clear on what my highest values in parenting are, the next step is to embody and model those values so loudly, so clearly, so consciously, that everything to the contrary doesn’t stick.
If you’re like me, the values I desire most in parenting are also those which I most deeply need to learn myself.
And because we cannot create on the outside that which we do not embody on the inside, the next act is to consciously, intentionally, and religiously release all barriers that I hold within myself to embodying these truths and these values.
Only then will I be able to create these on the outside.
And so, the work of parenting, is to be differently, and not do differently.
The doing will naturally follow the being.
The Embodied Root Wholeness is one path for honoring and releasing the barriers, it's my way. What's your way?
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Norma Van Horn