Learning The Way of The Eagles
“Woman must grow from Chicks, and into Eagles.” -Yogi Bhajan
As you begin to trust in your intuition, and trust whole heatedly that you are a wonderful and wise mother, you will sense the the right moments to challenge your children in a way that will help them grow.
We can learn a great deal from Mother Eagles. A Mother Eagle, by instinct, knows exactly when to begin teaching her young to fly.
Baby eagles learn to fly primarily by observing their parents. To encourage young eagles who don’t show an interest in flying, the parents sometimes fly around the outside of the nest with food in their claws to coax them to fly. While food is a great motivator, the young eagles are curious about the world and like to imitate their parents. By perching on a nearby limb with a choice meal, the eagle parents are encouraging their young one’s sense of curiosity until the young eagle begins to leave the safe environment of the nest on its own.
Over the past year, my own confidence has grown. It’s much easier to sense those areas where my children need to have challenge put upon them, by myself or my husband.
And just like the Mother Eagle whom coaxes her young to fly, here’s two examples of how we have coaxed our children to progress in their lives.
My husband and I practice Kundalini Yoga daily, we do it to balance ourselves inside and out. For years I felt confused about my approach I should take with our children. I knew we wanted out kids to practice yoga, not for fun, not for entertainment, but to master their lives. I felt scared to push them, and as a result of that, the minute they showed any signs of not wanting to do yoga, I quickly gave in and said they didn’t have to do it. Not now… I discovered that I am the mother, it is up to me to show them, and teach them, that yoga is a daily practice, and it’s just as important as brushing your teeth every single day.
I notice that they are enjoying their yoga practice much more now, and they put up very little resistance to me now. When I say, “Ok kids, time for yoga practice,” they get to it, instead of arguing with me. I’ve decided that this is the standard in our home, no getting around it.
The same goes with meals. No longer are their meals served in front of the T.V. I saw that our children were staring into the T.V. like Zombies, and over eating. Being a woman that has recovered from Bulimia, It is essential to respect food, and eat like a Queen. I want that for our kids too. When it’s time to eat, all electronics go off, and we sit at the table, or they don’t eat. I notice we don’t over eat, we lovingly eat our meals, we connect, and we all enjoy it.
Believe me when I say they didn’t want to turn that T.V. off. We all enjoyed tuning into a good show after a long day. But every time I turned on that T.V. while eating a meal, I could hear my intuition yelling for me to turn the damn thing off. Now the connection we are gaining from being together at a dinner table is priceless. The T.V. can go on after dinner time!!!
I think as women it’s easy to ignore our intuition, our intuition tries to tell us it’s time to push down upon our children, and help them to fly in different areas of their lives. Remember you are Mother, you are the primary teacher to your children, don’t be afraid to challenge them, and of course do it with the intent to honor and encourage them.
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