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5 Lessons In Parenting From Buddhism

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Buddhism has certainly made its way into pop culture. Becoming ‘mindful’, having compassion, and ‘being zen’ are starting to become common words talked about by coaches and business strategists all over the world. But what does that really look like in the real world…or even when it’s applied to something more specific like parenthood? The truth is it’s simply a matter of perspective.

Embrace impermanence in your life

Everyone likes routine and consistency. But the real truth is the world is always hanging in constant motion and impermanent. Life and death are just part of that equation. Because of this constant change, it’s a much better idea to accept, rather than fear, change in the world. After all, we don’t always have a choice. This can help us be grateful for everyday, because every day is unique and different. Children thrive on this optimistic view of the world.

It’s Ok to Feel Anxious

There’s always a small amount of anxiety we carry around; this is because the nature of the world is impermanence. It’s not that something is wrong…it’s just the experience of being alive. Anxiety is not something we can permanently banish, so that means we have to get comfortable with the unknown. By simply acknowledging and accepting our anxiety, it naturally begins to dissipate.

Recognize that a Calm Mind is a Powerful Mind

Life is constantly in flux, right? That’s why Buddha said happiness doesn’t come from external circumstances, but from the way we react and relate to those circumstances. In other words, we can choose to create a stable mind. You may be rushing to get to work and still arrive late, which is bad; or maybe you somehow beat the traffic and arrive early which is good. But in Buddhism, all events are equal. Accepting that gives you a great sense of power and control over your emotions and state of being. By modeling this, your kids will pick up on it.

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