Do you remember how you were as a child? Do you recall how you perceived the world? How you interacted with others? How you saw yourself?

It’s been awhile for me, but I often reflect upon my childhood through my adult eyes. I remember, for example, my self-consciousness about my messy hair and short stature, my fear of getting my ears pierced and of big tall grown-ups. I also recall how impatient I was to be an adult so that I could choose what I wanted to eat for dinner and when I could go to bed.

Of all the things I thought being grown up would mean, I didn’t have the ability to see the hard stuff that would come with the territory. I didn’t understand both the blessing and difficulty that comes with our freedom to choose. I can choose, for example, what I wear, what to eat, and where to live. And I also can choose how I live my life. It’s a huge responsibility, one which my little mind couldn’t begin to comprehend.

This week our bloggers remind us that being able to make conscious choices is the privilege we have as adults. Whether it’s learning how to be better parents, managing our emotions, accepting the unacceptable or re-learning how to savor and enjoy our food, they all teach us how turning off autopilot and being mindful can change our lives.

Mindful Parenting: The Buck Stops Here
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Mindfulness can be applied to various aspects of our lives. And this includes parenting. In this beautifully written piece, Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. demonstrates the invaluable gift you can give your children by being more mindful.

How Mindfulness Can Help You Regulate Emotions
(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – For some you, the idea that you can control your emotions instead of having them control you, seems impossible. But imagine how freeing it would be if you knew how to manage them more effectively? This will show you how.

To Accept Is To Relax
(360 of Mindful Living) – This short post concisely contains all you need to know about what acceptance really is. Enough said.

How To Eat Mindfully: Q&A With Ed Halliwell
(Weightless) – Instead of controlling what we eat, and struggling to adopt healthier eating habits, Margarita’s interview with The Mindful Manifesto co author Ed Halliwell offers a gentler approach. He teaches us how to enjoy eating again. Surprisingly, in the process of savoring your food by eating more mindfully, you will automatically eat healthier and less.

Is Your Depression Making You Old?
(Depression On My Mind) – Recent research suggests people with depression are more likely to have disorders related to aging. Find out why Christine says this is good news.