129: Rethinking Meditation as a Busy Mom // Dr. Leah Weiss

Rethinking Meditation as a Busy Mom, Dr. Leah Weiss and Rachel Nelson from Top Motherhood Podcast, 3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms, click to listen! | Meditation for Moms by popular US mom podcast, 3 in 30: image of Dr. Leah Weiss holding her daughter on her lap as they look at each other.

Do you laugh aloud at the thought of having a few minutes to meditate during busy days with your children? What if I told you that you could be meditating THE ENTIRE DAY, even in the midst of chaotic, everyday moments with your little minions?

Dr. Leah Weiss–an author, a mindfulness expert who studied with the Dali Lama, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a mother of three little children–teaches that this is possible. It just requires that we redefine (or rather, correctly define) the word “meditation.”

The word “meditation” is a translation from the Tibetan word “gom.” Dr. Weiss points out that a more literal definition of this word is simply “familiarization” or “getting to know your mind and heart.” 

When explained this way, busy moms can let go of visions of silent meditation rooms and burning incense (though those things are great too!) and instead embrace every moment with their children as an opportunity to “familiarize” themselves with their own hearts and minds. In fact, motherhood itself can become meditation.

Join me for this fascinating conversation with a renowned mindfulness expert who teaches us the Tibetan process of “dampa sum,” meaning “good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end.”

Meditation for Moms

Three Takeaways

Follow the three-part Tibetan practice of Dampa Sum in order to achieve Gom, which means “getting to know our minds and hearts.” (Dom is often translated as “meditation.”)

1) Set an intention for a specific and short amount of time (not for the entire day!).

2) Do the activity with your intention in mind. Recalibrate when needed.

3) Reflect on how it went. Practice self-compassion if you made mistakes, and set a new

intention (or restart the same one) for the next activity.

Show Notes


How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind by Dr. Leah Weiss 

Motherhood Matters: Are You Willing to Suffer?” by Laura Fanucci

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Do you practice mindfulness? What did you find most helpful about this episode of meditation for moms? Let me know in a comment below!

About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.

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