Ask The Guides: My Partner And I Long To Enter Parenthood, But Are Terrified Of The Climate Crisis.
Our Ask The Guides series is a weekly dose of support. We put your questions to them, whereby they can offer up their own insights to help you with whatever challenges you are facing.
Our Ask The Guides series is a weekly dose of support. We put your questions to our incredible guides, whereby they can offer up their own insights to help you with whatever challenges you are facing.
This week, Sharon Aneja, Positive Psychology Coach and Wellbeing Consultant, offers her wisdom
My partner and I long to enter parenthood and create a family together. However, I am terrified of the climate crisis and whether I will be able to protect them from the future dangers we face.
What should I do?
The desire to protect our children is powerful within parents, especially mothers. But the truth is that we can't protect our children from everything. You mention that you and your partner long to have a family which tells me that this is something that you value and is important to you. Denying yourself what is important to you because of fear is a sure fire way of reducing your wellbeing and causing conflict in your inner self.
There are a couple of ways you can get closer to what your soul really needs.
1) Take a weekend off from social obligations and work. Spend time in nature doing things that you really enjoy, being mindful as you go for long walks. Reflect on what is important to you and how you see your future. Really imagine what it looks like using your five senses. Do you see children in the picture? What would it feel like to have children? What would it smell like? What would you hear? What would it taste like?
By connecting with your 5 senses, you can get closer to what your heart really desires.
2) List your fears about how the ecological crisis could impact your children and how that would make you feel. What do you notice about the list of fears? Now let's look at it from a different perspective.
What is the worst that could happen?
What is the best that could happen?
What is the most likely thing to happen?
I'll leave you with this quote from Hyrum W. Smith:
"The secret to achieving inner peace lies in understanding our inner core values – those things in our lives that are most important to us – and then seeing that they are reflected in the daily events of our lives."
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