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Ever since my son, Noam, was born, I’ve noticed that I don’t have time to practice meditation. Raising children is a 24/7 job. The amount of chores in the house triples itself, there’s always something to do.

 

In my job as an online marketer, I deal a lot with prioritizing tasks and I’m constantly looking for ways to learn how to optimize my time. One day I thought to myself… What are the times when I have moments when I can produce more of my time? In the daily load of raising my child will I ever be able to find time to practice meditation?

 

One day, when I put Noam to sleep, I started listening to his cute little breaths. Inhalation, exhalation, inhalation, exhalation…. Cute and fast pace. I was so focused on his breathing that I felt an integral part of it. There’s also something very soothing in being attentive to his breathing. Slowly, another element comes into play here – my breaths. In the process, Noam’s breathing sound began to blend in with my breathing sound. Together, our breaths created a harmonious sound with a unique rhythm. A sound created in the harmonious composition of father-and-son, Noam and mine. A sound with its repetitive characteristics reminded me of Lo-Fi music.

 

So I allowed myself to close my eyes because I couldn’t fall asleep anyway when I’m holding Noam, a grip that activated my muscles. I was so focused on the sound and the rhythm of the breathing we produced in a way that did not allow me to fall asleep. It was a very special meditation for me. So throughout the time I put Noam to sleep, I was focused on the new sound that was created. When I think about it, it is no different from the process I go through in regular meditation. Breath after breath, I begin a process of deep focus; Breath after breath, Noam allowed himself to fall asleep. I noticed that Noam also very much enjoyed the process of falling asleep, and although he still does not speak at 3 months of age, I see that the transition from wakefulness to deep sleep happens simply naturally and much smoother.

 

When I try to describe my feeling in the process that my body is going through, it’s not meditation per se, but it is a kind of attentive relaxation. In meditation, the object of mindfulness is most often the breaths. Now, the object of mindfulness was – shared breathing. Who would have thought that through daily chores – or everyday “tasks” – I found another way to deepen the bond with my son, deepen the inner connection with myself.

Peace of mind, bonding, focus, inner peace. It is amazing to find the wonderful gifts in life in such surprising and special places. What’s the purpose in life, if not a better bonding with yourself and the people you love the most. Good night.

Ever since my son, Noam, was born, I’ve noticed that I don’t have time to practice meditation. Raising children is a 24/7 job. The amount of chores in the house triples itself, there’s always something to do.   In my job as an online marketer, I deal a lot with prioritizing tasks and I’m constantly looking for ways to learn how to optimize my time. One day I thought to myself… What are the times when I have moments when I can produce more of my time? In the daily load of raising my child will I ever be able to find time to practice meditation?   One day, when I put Noam to sleep, I started listening to his cute little breaths. Inhalation, exhalation, inhalation, exhalation…. Cute and fast pace. I was so focused on his breathing that I felt an integral part of it. There’s also something very soothing in being attentive to his breathing. Slowly, another element comes into play here - my breaths. In the process, Noam's breathing sound began to blend in with my breathing sound. Together, our breaths created a harmonious sound with a unique rhythm. A sound created in the harmonious composition of father-and-son, Noam and mine. A sound with its repetitive characteristics reminded me of Lo-Fi music.   So I allowed myself to close my eyes because I couldn't fall asleep anyway when I’m holding Noam, a grip that activated my muscles. I was so focused on the sound and the rhythm of the breathing we produced in a way that did not allow me to fall asleep. It was a very special meditation for me. So throughout the time I put Noam to sleep, I was focused on the new sound that was created. When I think about it, it is no different from the process I go through in regular meditation. Breath after breath, I begin a process of deep focus; Breath after breath, Noam allowed himself to fall asleep. I noticed that Noam also very much enjoyed the process of falling asleep, and although he still does not speak at 3 months of age, I see that the transition from wakefulness to deep sleep happens simply naturally and much smoother.   When I try to describe my feeling in the process that my body is going through, it’s not meditation per se, but it is a kind of attentive relaxation. In meditation, the object of mindfulness is most often the breaths. Now, the object of mindfulness was - shared breathing. Who would have thought that through daily chores - or everyday "tasks" - I found another way to deepen the bond with my son, deepen the inner connection with myself. Peace of mind, bonding, focus, inner peace. It is amazing to find the wonderful gifts in life in such surprising and special places. What’s the purpose in life, if not a better bonding with yourself and the people you love the most. Good night.

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