Raising a child is incredibly rewarding, yet incredibly exhausting. While caring for my wee one, I relied heavily on my experience with spiritual and bodily practices. This led me to believe that motherhood needs its own daily Ayurvedic practice guidelines, or dinacharya.
Don’t try to live up to standards and assumptions created by men living in caves, who had women cooking their meals. They don’t apply to you. Sleeping and waking rhythms with your child may frequently change. Don’t get attached to how things should be, or think you have it nailed. If it changes tomorrow and you can be present,flexible and connected, that is most important.
You’ll receive many benefits. Frequency is more important than duration. One minute practices include:
This might be more important than other more “spiritual” practices. Bathing refreshes your spirit and helps those with sleep deprivation feel more connected. Rub oil all over your body before, during or after you bathe/shower.
Don’t judge yourself or compare yourself to other yogis or other families. Support other moms with encouragement, not comparison. Raising babies into children can be a very challenging passage for mothers. Be gentle with yourself and mothers worldwide.
The more stress or fatigue you feel, the more soupy or stew-like your diet should be.
As much as possible, cook your own food. Use tools like rice cookers and crock pots to make it easier to plan ahead. Don’t buy stuff you don’t want your family to eat.
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