I have the feeling that there is a commonality in this story for all mothers, if not all parents. A mother, who is very dear to my heart, has a 16-year-old daughter who recently told her that she has tried to commit suicide twice. Now, dear reader, know that this youngster has support. What this post is about is managing the opening and closing and (hopefully) opening again of a parent’s heart.
Referred by colleagues in the healing arts, prospective clients often contact me without really knowing what an intuitive counselor can do for them. Struggling with health concerns, depression, anxiety, or detachment from their everyday lives, few of them realize that their symptoms may be a call for them to access the deep inner self. I have found that each individual is rich in symbolic language. Just as we collectively interpret a red light to mean, ‘Stop!’ any form of discomfort can be a sign from our spirit to cease regular activity. A headache or a panic attack may be an urgent message, just as important to one’s safety and wellbeing as a stop sign. What is the message? That’s to be determined.
I have had the blessed opportunity to work with quite a few parents in my capacity as a personal spiritual director and an intuitive counselor. What comes up more often than not in our conversations is an attitude of parenting that we are calling conscious parenting. Everyone that has passed my way has a desire to be aware of how they manage their lives. Parenting is a very opportunistic vehicle to use in cultivating that awareness or consciousness.