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How meditation helps you thrive in motherhood - with Tom Cronin

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“As soon as you start meditating your cortisol (stress hormone) pump gets turned off”

I know what you are thinking: “meditation is not for me!”

I used to think that too. But when I was in the grips of my postpartum breakdown I tried it because I was desperate; I had nothing to lose. Very quickly meditation played a huge part in my recovery from postpartum anxiety, and my thriving in motherhood. Over 7 years later, I still meditate every day.

Meditation makes motherhood easier!

I want you to reap the benefits of meditation too. So, in this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV I have a deep conversation with my meditation teacher, Tom Cronin, to explain how meditation works, the scientific benefits of meditation, the importance of meditation in everyday life, and how meditation can improve your experience of motherhood and help you thrive.

Meditating is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your kids. Because when mothers thrive, their children thrive, the world thrives.

A simple 5-minute guided meditation I created to help you will set your day up for calm, joy and fulfilment.
No prior meditation experience is required, but you will get a lot out of it even if you are already meditating.

Key takeaways from this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV:
♥    Want to be a happy, fulfilled, calm mother? Meditate!

♥    Mothers are overstimulated. Focusing inwards is the key to peace and calm, in ourselves and our families.

♥    Becoming a mother is a life-changing event. It presents us with the invitation to evolve, move forward and create a beautiful life for ourselves and our children.

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In this episode you will learn [Podcast, TV  time points]:
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If you are feeling stressed, you must remember that a stress response is a symptom. It indicates something isn’t right in the way you are living your life.

“Our natural response is to medicate or self-medicate stress”

[4.25, 7.20]

Learn the stages of how meditation makes us feel better – many are immediate.

“Instead of swimming upstream you are able to let yourself go and swim downstream”

[8.10, 10.30]

Why creating mental space and gaps in motherhood is so important.

“There is a big difference between the thinking mind and the conscious mind, the awareness of presence.”

[10.55, 14.30]

Becoming a mother is a rashi for many women – a powerful defining moment where you only have two options: either move forward or be overcome with turmoil.

“Meditation helps us to step out of the situation and observe the situation… and move forward”

[15.50, 37.05]

Please, Mama, learn to meditate, even before you become a mother. When we’re in meditation it is like a deep rest and it affects our biochemical makeup.

“There is such little emphasis on the emotional wellbeing of the parents.”

[19.57, 47.40]

Tom shares with us inside information about his book and movie The Portal – which shows how meditation can take us out of crisis and back into harmony.

“If we want to make a change in our family, in our kids, in our world, we need to start with ourselves”

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Click here to learn more about The Portal book and movie


It’s only 5 minutes and will set you up for a beautiful day.

Tough Mothers courses can help.

We implement a three-step framework to:

1) Help you understand how matrescence and motherhood change you
2) Explain the importance of mental space in motherhood
3) Teach simple, specific exercises you can easily modify to your unique self, and fit into your busy day, to create more mental space to permanently thrive, feel more fulfilled and be a truly happy mother.

A little about my guest Tom Cronin
Tom spent 26 years in finance markets as one of Sydney’s leading bond and swap brokers. He discovered meditation in the early stages of his career, when the anxiety and chaos he was experiencing had hit a crisis point, and it completely transformed his world, both personally and professionally.

Founder of The Stillness Project, a global movement to inspire one billion people to sit in stillness daily, Tom is passionate about reducing stress and chaos in people’s lives.
His ongoing work in transformational leadership and cultivating inner peace through meditation takes him around the world hosting retreats, mentoring, presenting keynote talks, teaching and creating The Portal film-book experience, all part of his commitment to the current planetary shift.

Tom is the author of six previous books for adults:, Insights, The Path To Peace: A Guide To Living With Ease In a Rapidly Changing World, Spirit & Soul: Exploring The Seven States Of Consciousness, Faster Deeper Sleep: The Ultimate Guide To A Daily Recharge, Faster Deeper Calm: How To Live Without Anxiety and Panic. He is also the author of the children’s book Missy Moo Meditates.

You can find Tom on Instagram @tomcronin or at
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