How has parenthood changed your spirituality?
When my son was born 16 months ago, I found three significant changes in my spiritual life:
One, motherhood strengthened my faith. Two, it heightened my sense of responsibility - a desire to serve deity, live as a role model, take social and political action, live healthier and in greater harmony with the earth, all that crunchy stuff.
Note I said desire... I'm still working on the actual doing. Parenting a 16 month old is tiresome, demanding work that doesn't leave time and energy for much else. Which seems to explain the third major change: I feel like my Gods have fewer expectations of me than they used to. As if to say "focus on the little one. We're in no rush."
I'm especially interested to know if anyone else has experienced this last bit. Do you feel your higher power is cutting you some slack? Or just the opposite?
My son is the same age as yours!
While I'm not sure whether it's directly linked to parenthood or just the fact that I'm on the cusp of turning 30 and am finally starting to feel pretty comfortable in my own skin, I've found that faith is becoming easier in the sense that it seems far more natural and far less like something I have to prove to myself and to the world.
Heh. I just turned 30. It didn't hurt nearly as much as I expected :P
I am finding with my ripe-old-age that my beliefs become less fantastic, less romantic than they were, but that they are more rooted in the meat and potatoes of life: work, family, community. Which makes sense, I suppose. When I found my path at 13 I was more concerned with distinguishing myself from those things, and now (as a Mom) I want to be rooted in them. :)
My son is also 16 months old! (Well, 16.5 months, to be precise :D)
For so long, a part of my spirituality was just so bound up in the *asking* (for a child, actually -- we TTC'd for almost 2 years). Then after I got pregnant, that part of my spiritual life was so focused on being thankful. Now, at 16 months PP, I think I'm finally getting out of my own little orbit again, to be able to see where *I* might be needed in the world, if that makes sense. But I'm also taking baby steps in that regard, since my son still needs me so much.