Good Evening Friend,
Being a mantra artist with children is a wild ride. For those of you who don't already know, I am the mother of two adorable boys--ages 2 and 5.
One of the comments I get a lot goes something like this: "wow, your children are so lucky to have you to sing to them!"
See, the people who buy my albums and come to my concerts are far more interested in my music than my children are.
My oldest asks me to stop singing frequently, while my youngest allows me to sing three songs (oompa loompa, twinkle twinkle, and a song I wrote called "sit your little bootie down"), but only when he requests them. Mostly though, he prefers to sing these songs alone.
I do play music in the house while they are playing sometimes. It relaxes me.
I feel really blessed to have MANTRA at my fingertips in particular. My children are in the habit of watching me meditate, but I keep that to 20 minutes or so, and somewhere in that time my toddler often comes to pull down my shirt so he can nurse.
Mantra is the best friend of the mother or father who wants some peace of mind without needing peace and quiet.
I can recite or chant mantra anytime, anywhere. I can chant out loud, or quietly in my mind. I can whisper it under my breath while I pick up toys, drive my car, do dishes, or take my kids to the playground. It's good to have at least a handful memorized and they can really be as simple as "Sat Naam" or "Waheguru", so long as it keeps your attention while you do it.
Breathing exercises can also be subtle when chosen appropriately, such as the breath I generally use when I'm putting my children to bed. I count 4 on the inhale (1 - 2 -3 - 4), and 8 on the exhale (1 - 2 -3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8). It relaxes the nervous system and my kids can't tell I'm doing it.
Later when I put myself to sleep I will often to some left nostril breathing, or alternate nostril breathing. (Here's a video I did a hundred years ago... I will try to make more!)
I'd like to share more of what I do as a mother in this blog, so I'm starting here.