Spring is upon us, allowing us different opportunities to connect with nature, and being in nature can allow us to more deeply connect with our felt sense in the body which can allow us to access our intuitive abilities. Here are a few ways to connect more with nature:
1. Notice the birds in your area or neighbourhood. Approach this noticing of sight and sound with curiosity.
2. Try going for a walk in a forest area nearby and notice the details of the forest life around you. Explore from different vantage points including atop a rock, or bending down beside a tree.
3. Engage your sense of smell, whether taking in the smell after a rainfall or the earthy smell as the ground thaws.
4. Notice what is happening inside your body when you are paying attention to nature around you. What physical and/or emotional feelings show up for you?
Here is an article I came across to help address some of the fears and anxieties your child or children may be having, and how to respond to their questions based on their age.
The idea of self-compassion is something most have heard, but many struggle to cultivate for themselves. Cultivating requires small steps of change that overtime accumulate into something larger. Simply thinking about providing yourself self-compassion even after a situation has occurred is moving you in the right direction. Reflecting after or even reflecting in the moment that it may feel challenging to feel compassionate towards yourself is disrupting the ingrained pattern. Here is an image to further this idea.
I have been working with parents for over 10 years. I have learned a great deal from them as well as from parenting my own children. It has taught me that parenting is the most trying job there is, requires the support of a village, and with the right supports can be truly rewarding.