My 8 year old son, who I have always considered my happy “Buddha baby”, stunned and surprised me with this story that he shared with me one night as we were walking home from dinner.
In “The Feel Bad Bandit vs. Dr. Stacy”, Dr. Stacy uses her super powers, developed through the practice of meditation, to swiftly dodge the jabs directed at her by the Feel Bad Bandit. Once her opponent started to get tired with his several missed attempts to defeat her, she counters with “You know..you really can be a great person”. The Feel Bad Bandit is stopped in his tracks and replies ” Oh! I haven’t heard anyone say something like that to me in so long”. Overcome by the good vibes, his entire body surrenders and he falls slowly to the floor.
How did this child come up with this? But there is more…That night as I lay beside him as he was falling asleep, he offered up some other gems…. Dr. Stacy’s Sidekicks: Able Todoit, Grace Grateful and Joy Jolly.
I. Was. Floored.
Not only by the genius of his creativity, but because Dr. Stacy’s sidekicks perfectly represent the three resiliency practices I integrated into each day of The Growing Forward Journal I authored: competence, gratitude, and joy.
How he thought to include them in the story is unbelievable to me. I am going to chalk it up to a combination of our otherworldly psychic connection and his pure Buddha spirit which has touched mine from the moment I knew of his existence in the womb.
Connecting with the magic our children bring into our lives is the biggest gift a parent can receive. This is why I am so excited about the upcoming Mindful World Parenting Summit.
After having absorbed all of the wisdom shared through the 56 interviews I conducted over the past 3 months, I am far more attuned to the connection with my children and the shifts are translating into such joyful energy that is pervading our home.
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Curious about what other epic battles might occur between The Feel Bad Bandit and Dr. Stacy? Stay tuned. I have officially offered my son the opportunity to be a guest blogger. :))
With Deep Respect,