dsaly1969 wrote:Being being sick and in pain and having to still work in the meantime I often find myself exhausted both physically and mentally.
Sorry to hear that you are sick. Take it easy and be gentle with yourself.
I borrowed the Dhammapada from the library.It's a Buddhist scripture. i usually just read it in bed when i'm not feeling well.Besides that I just meditate.
You know what could be really great for your kids. Loving-Kindness meditation (Metta).
This is how i do my Metta it's very basic but might suit your kids:
1. First I look at pictures of cute,loving,and friendly puppies,cartoons,flowers,or kittens or anything that warms my heart.
2.Then i repeat the words "loving kindness" and concentrate on this warm feeling.I visualize anything that makes me more loving and kind.Till the feelings gets bigger and bigger.
3.Then i send it to myself.
4.Then i send it someone who has cared for me.
5.Then send it to someone it to a friend.
6.Send it to someone you are indifferent to.Like a stranger.A passerby.
7.Send it to someone you are uncomfortable around.
8.Send it to someone who has really hurt you.
9.Then just send it to everyone.
Keep repeating: May I/he/she be happy.You are wishing yourself and others well.
You must do it in order.
The people you send loving kindness should be the same gender as you and they can't be of deceased relatives.
The goal is to make you a more loving and gentle person.
So i hope this helps.
Get better soon.