January 30, 2016 Often I don’t even notice it. Just how biased toward productivity I am. Once in a while I get a glimpse. And in those moments, once-in-a-once-in a while, I even catch it and say to all the possible productive possibilities, “Not that, not this, not that” until I find myself finally stopping. […]
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In the week following our daughter’s birth, one dear friend came visiting bearing the gifts of gold and frankincense. And a few days later, independently, another close friend came by with some myrrh. And so our wee lassie was graced with these three gifts, reminiscent of the gifts the three wise men brought to honor, […]
Last week, during our homeschooling English class, A. and I watched this wonderful talk by Brene Brown on the Anatomy of Trust. We took our time, we paused it here and there, discussed sections, took notes, and had an incredibly rich and insightful conversation about how and if we trust ourselves, and others.
October 27, 2015 This really is the essence of it all, isn’t it? To choose Love. Over and over and over again. And when we don’t, which of course, will also happen many times, then to choose love toward ourselves and one other again. And again. It is the essence of forgiveness. The beginning of […]
June 14, 2015 Isn’t this just the loveliest photo? I can look at it for ages. It says so much. The joy expressed, the inspiration given, the aspiration, the moments that happen between what our children see and what they do. Children learn primarily through imitation. We are their models and guides. For better or […]
So much about approaching parenting as a spiritual practice involves shifts in perspective… The shift from “It’s all happening to me” to “What choices am I going to make?” The shift from being consumed by / immersed in my own perspective to considering my child’s perspective. How does the world look like, feel like from […]
A friend and colleague, recently turned 40, shared the following sentiment, “I have now reached the age when I experience regret. And it sucks.” There, he said it. Just like that. I remember the relief I felt, hearing someone speak this out loud. Not whitewashing the experience with something like, “But it’s all good!” or […]
Dearest fellow parents and caregivers, Today I’d like to tell you about something so simple, and yet that can change our days and lives as parents, moment by creative moment. Yesterday afternoon I was picking up A. from her dance class. The evening sun was soft and warm. There is a lovely bench just in […]
Dearest mothers ~ keepers of the Hearth ~ mothers of children, mothers of Life, mothering ones, Yesterday a fellow mother surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. She looked me straight in the eyes and thanked me for the mother I am. She wished me a happy Mother’s Day, and in a few words, […]
Holding ourselves to a standard of Grace, not of Perfection. This quote has become one of my favorite reminders. Every time I say it to myself, I breath more fully and deeply. My shoulders relax. Life is lighter. It’s so important to remember this when we lift the bar of what is possible as parents […]