I still remember bringing Mishka home from the hospital…
She was such a delicate little creature with wide eyes and long, dainty fingers. We drove home so slowly, stopping cautiously at every light. It was as if I was emerging from some long, deep, daydream and now reality was hitting me… I had a baby. A baby girl. And she was coming home with me. To our home. To live forever. It was beautiful and terrifying all at the same time.
There is no official guidebook for new parents. There is no money back guarantee. When you bring a baby home, you are taking the big, final plunge into parenthood that no one, no book, and no amount of lactation classes is going to prepare you for. This new, curious, exhausting, exhilarating, diaper-filled, breastmilk-soaked stage is so strange and yet so awakening. I spent much of the first few weeks of Mishka’s life somewhere between awake and asleep. Somewhere between emotional wreck and happiest woman alive. And I wouldn’t have changed a moment.
On the journey of motherhood, I discovered how important my spiritual practices – or rituals – were for my sanity and for the development of my little munchkin. Even as your baby is in the womb, his or her mind is expanding. Consciousness surrounds your child. Your child is part of divine spirit and so you should nourish and nurture him or her. Teach your child early how to be peaceful, loving, kind, reception, perceptive, aware, and grounded. Teach them but also LEARN from them. Listen to your child. Allow your child to show you how beautiful divine spirit can be.
These are a few of the spiritual practices to teach your baby: