Alicia Keys has shared that meditation has become a tool for her that has strengthened her parenting.
The artist shared in an op-ed from USA TODAY that she “became a better mother” after delving into meditation.
Alicia’s “consistent spiritual practice began about six years ago” after she and her husband, Swizz Beatz, welcomed their youngest son, Genesis Ali, into the world.
“Like so many new moms I was exhausted, but the depletion was more than physiological; my spirit was shot,” noted the “Girl on Fire” artist. She added, “I needed to do something so I could continue to be a good mother to my children, partner to my husband, and friend to myself."
Keys, who is also a mother to her 10-year-old son, Egypt Daoud, said she took up meditation after a friend introduced her to Kundalini yoga at a meditation retreat. She explains though, that her path to mindfulness was not easy at first.
The GRAMMY-winner explained, “I have to be honest: The first time I tried the meditation, I was so tired that I fell asleep. But the second time, I felt a little spark. I really liked the mixture of chanting, singing, and movement."
“Between the chanting and the singing and the rhythm and the meaning of these ancient words, I discovered a sense of peace and comfort.”
“I started to notice a richer connection with myself, and ability to go deeper. After years of silence, I could hear myself, trust my instincts, know what I wanted, know what I needed and not feel so insecure."
She also tells readers, “I could hear what I needed and what my family needed. Same with my relationships with my husband, my mother, and definitely my work. Now I could be crystal clear, powerful and strong and not back down because I had a way to access my own intuition."
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