Bonus Meditation: Navigating Changing Relationships With Your Parents

Meditation transcript:

Hi, it’s Mary Kate again from “You, Me, & Ennui.” Thank you for listening to my conversation with Aisha Adkins about navigating changing relationships with our parents! While no two people have the same set of parents, I appreciated talking with Aisha about everything from endearing lessons to challenging moments to times when you have no choice but to sit back and accept that—for better or for worse—these are the people who dedicated their lives to raising you. 

If you’re looking for more ways to relate our conversation to your life, we’re back with another “bonus meditation” that will offer you some questions to reflect on… some might apply to you, some might not, and that’s OK! I’ll pause briefly between each question, but if you need more time, just hit the pause button and take as long as you need. Try to find a comfortable position with your feet on the floor and close your eyes.

Take a moment to reflect on the ways in which you’ve changed as you became an adult. How has your newfound independence impacted your relationship with your parents? Consider the conversations or experiences that have shaped your perspective on life. At the same time, think about the ways you might be different from your parents, and how they are probably adjusting to seeing you as an adult and letting go of their protective roles. What challenges or conflicts have come up (if any)? How can you communicate your needs and boundaries while still cherishing the love and support your parents offer? Consider ways to find a balance that allows you to maintain a loving connection while embracing your individuality.

Your 20s are a time of self-discovery, but they’re also an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of your parents as individuals. Take some time to explore their life journeys, the challenges they’ve faced, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. How has their past shaped the way they approach parenting and life in general? Can you find the empathy to remember that they are humans like you and me, and do you see their efforts to be the best parents they can be? Reflect on any newfound appreciation you may have for the sacrifices they’ve made and the wisdom they can offer. Embrace the chance to build a more profound connection by acknowledging and respecting their experiences.

Thanks again for spending time with me. I’ll be with you next time on “You, Me, & Ennui.” 

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Music credit:

Purple LoFi Chill Beats – Reverse