Catherine Just wanted to be a stay at home mom for her son Max’s first three years of life. She knew she couldn’t get those years back, and she wanted to be as present as possible.
And like most stay at home moms, she cherished naptime, her one chance to spend time alone and get some other things done. Max didn’t always want to nap, though. Catherine would try to rock him to sleep, and some days, he would just look at her and laugh.
One day, she decided to do the whole thing differently. She took her iPhone with her to naptime and lay down next to Max. After he fell asleep, she took a picture of them together. She saw how much of the present moment she had been missing, focusing on getting somewhere else and being somewhere else. Instead, she found a simple way she could always bring herself back to the present moment.
Listen to how this practice has changed Catherine’s life and the other practices she does inspired by Max.
In this interview, Catherine shares:
- the key word Catherine uses to shift her perspective when she takes photos
- how her naptime photography relates to her professional photography work
- her perspective on being the mother of a child with Down syndrome
- how her own experience as a child helps relate to Max
- how she and Max practice yoga together
- the practice she’s doing to help ease the tension around eating
- the course she’s created to teach others how to see difficult moments in their day with new eyes
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What helps you be more in the present moment when life feels challenging? Are you interested to try any of the practices Catherine does? I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below.