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Meditation: Life's Instruction Manual


The quieter you become, the more you can hear. - Ram Dass

How many times have you heard statements like these: Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Parenting (babies or teenagers) doesn’t come with a manual. As a new parent I had this thought myself. Especially when it came to nursing my firstborn. For something that was supposed to be the most natural thing in the world, I found it to be an incredible struggle. From having a hard time helping my son latch on, to cracked nipples that felt like they had been set on fire, to not producing enough milk, I wondered why parenting didn’t come with a manual. Sure, there were plenty of people to offer and advice and tell me what to do. Some helpful, and some downright maddening! But it wasn’t until my daughter came along many years later that I began approach things a little differently. I still sought advice, but only from trusted friends who tended to tell me to listen to my body and take cues from my baby. To breathe. To get quiet. To trust myself.