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The gift of time

Monisha Vasa M.D. | 12/24/2014, 4:16 a.m.
I often wonder about how we can best nurture our children.
When we speak of mindful parenting we speak of being aware of the present moment.

When we speak of mindful parenting we speak of being aware of the present moment. Sometimes, when you are exhausted and have a screaming, sleep deprived, hungry child who is mid-tantrum at Target, the present moment is not so wonderful. The last thing we want to do is immerse ourselves in it. In those moments, we can be aware that being a parent is not always roses and rainbows, but that there are also moments of difficulty and sacrifice, and moments where our deepest emotional reserves become depleted.

But if we can find a sliver of gratitude, even the tiniest bit or an iota of compassion for ourselves and our children we can create a space. We can create a space to step back and observe the child in front of us, the parent within us, and all of the mixed beauty and frustration that can accompany that journey that we embark on together. We also create a space to realize that, thankfully, this moment won’t last forever...and, at the same time, tragically, this moment won’t last forever.

Dr. Monisha Vasa is a board certified General and Addiction Psychiatrist in private practice in Orange County, California. She is the author of the new non-fiction children's book, “My Dearest One.” For more information, visit: www.mindful-healing.com