If you allow it, mindfulness can play a significant role in your adoption journey. Mindfulness is about taking the time to process information and acting with a chosen response. In a world saturated with social media, instant gratification, and knee-jerk reactions we lose the quality of responding thoughtfully. Allowing your brain to process information at a higher level, by taking the time to breathe, and being aware of your emotions, can help you in moments of decision.
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. - Tony Robbins
How does this play a role in your adoption journey?
The path through adoption is flooded with choices and decisions. Reacting in the spur of the moment is not something you want to find yourself doing when you’re making an adoption plan; as a birth parent or an adoptive parent. We are surrounded by companies and individuals that have strong opinions and advice, often unsolicited, about your adoption choices. Be aware that not all adoption related companies are created equal and finding those who have your best interest in mind is key!
You want to make sure you're making decisions with mindfulness and purpose. As an adoptive parent, there is an immediate urgency to complete the process as quickly as possible. As a birth parent, there is great fear and doubt in making such massive decisions for your future. Both sides require patience, introspect, and awareness to accurately assess what is best for you. Being mindful means being present and once you are present, you can make clear-minded decisions with ease. Create a mindfulness practice by sitting comfortably, relaxing your body, paying attention to your breath, and then clearing your thoughts. Practice this moment of stillness daily, trust your intuition, and create an adoption path that is led by true intentions and profound decision making.