“This meditation stuff is so great. You’ve got to do it. What a pain in the ass.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the individuals most responsible for bringing for bringing mindfulness and meditation to western popular culture, said those words at a conference I attended last week.

I couldn’t agree more.

Let me explain.

As much as I believe in mindfulness, as much as it has helped me become a calmer, happier mother, it’s hard for me to write about it. I feel like an over-eager evangelist, peddling the latest snake oil that will help you be a better mother. “Hey, just breathe and it will all be fine!”

Yeah. Please. Whatever. I get it when my friends roll their eyes at me. Sometimes I roll my eyes at me. It all just sounds so damn corny and contrived, which I have no patience for.

You can read more about why I write about mindful parenting even when it’s not easy over on my Mindful Parenting blog on PsychCentral.com.