Practice sharing the fullness of your being, your best self, your enthusiasm, your vitality, your spirit, your trust, your openness, above all, your presence. Share it with yourself, with your family, with the world.” #jonkabatzinn
I spy an Angel! I am overwhelmed with the love, blessings, light and hope that so many of you shared in reaction to my post on Monday. I really want to take the time to respond to each of you so please be patient. In the meantime please know it truly warms my heart to be connected in this way with this community of mothers. Social media gets a bad reputation but I really do get so much nourishment from it- from you! 🕊
One of my favourite stories infused with magic, love, kindness of spirit and selfless generosity. The Star Money is a beautiful Grimms tale and captivates even the youngest of listeners. You can find it in Whole Family Christmas, as well as a tutorial that leads you through making this gorgeous ornament designed by wonderful Stacey from @littleshiningforest. 💫 #wholefamilychristmas
I have mentioned here before that I am not particularly religious but consider myself spiritual. I have also mentioned that one of my daughters was diagnosed with two holes in her heart about a year ago. At that time I felt compelled to connect with her Angel (I had heard in stories and books that we each have our own). Not being overly religious and being wary of any kind of dogmatism, I am open to these concepts but don’t necessarily think they have to apply to everyone. At this time, it just felt right to imagine that if she did have an Angel, that it might help us in some way. Every night after Juniper fell asleep, I imagined her Angel (more like a beam of light than a personified being) healing Juniper’s heart. I visualized the actual organ repairing itself as best I could. Two months later she went in for a check at the hospital to decide what the next steps would be and they discovered that both holes had completely healed. I know this type of “closing over” is common in young children without having to name it miraculous. And I also know there are children who have heartbreakingly passed from these kinds of complications. I do not for a second think that she was “chosen” to be healed above others, but all the same I could not help but feel an immense spiritual gratitude pass over me when we found out. Since then, I have continued to play and connect with all of my children’s Angels at night before bed. Even if they are imaginary and only in my own mind they still give me great comfort in the hardest of times. When I feel I have given all I can that day and yet that somehow it wasn’t enough, I ask the Angels to do the rest in their own way. The past month or so I have been singing a little song to “call in” my younger one’s Angels so that they can sleep soundly in their beds. The lyrics are in the comments section below. Have you any experience with Angels? Do you believe in them? Do we each have our own? What is their role in your life, if any? #startwithwhy, #theartofslowliving, #livemoremagic, #livethelittlethings, #thehappynow, #nothingisordinary #ourfamilyrhythm #peacebeginsinthehome #ibelieveinmiracles
The leaves have almost all fallen, the garden is bare and the snow comes and goes while the wind blows stark and cruel. Darkness approaches faster each and every day forcing us inside where we must light the fires and tend the hearth. What do you do to ensure you have enough fuel within yourself to last you through the Winter? I use herbs to give me strength, I increase the amount of warming foods I am eating and lately, I’ve added weightlifting (for the first time in years and years) to my weekly rhythm. The physical strength I am gaining from this practice is indeed helping- especially with my posture and my tendency towards chronic tension headaches. As for fueling my spirit, I find doing art more often to be very supportive. I have been especially enjoying a weekly art lesson from @waldorfish which I do with my two eldest on the weekend. Please do share your Winter self-care practices in the comments if you feel so inspired. #peacebeginsinthehome
I know it seems intense, but I really try to purchase most of my Christmas presents by the end of November. My husband will tell you it’s because I’m crazy, but for me it’s simply that December is busy enough without having to worry about last minute shopping and I want to make sure there is lots of space and time to slow down and enjoy moments like the one in this photo. I also like to save December for merry making. We roll candles for teachers, make honey lipbalm and bath bombs for friends and cookies to deliver to neighbours. So how do I organize myself to get on top of presents in time? In the first place, we keep gift giving basic: following our little verse- “Something you want; something you need; something to give and something to read.” I ask the children for ideas about what they “want”, they usually “need” updated art supplies (paper, crayons, paints etc), guitar strings, sports gear, clothing or accessories, each child chooses a charity to “give” to and I choose a book for each (usually Christmas themed). I also try to make it a practice that from September onwards if I do buy something for the children (even as simple as a new pair of mittens, a book, some music..) that I hide it away and resist the temptation to give it to them right away. How do you organize holiday shopping? Do you agree with my husband- am I bit mad? If you don’t and you want some more help organizing to inspire a slow and magical Christmas season be sure to download the Whole Family Christmas eGuide in the Shop. It has a gift giving planner and more ideas for simple meaningful gifts in it as well as meditations, recipes, crafts and much more information on the festivals we celebrate all season and why.