Om Namaste to Start your Day

"Sometimes a break in routine is the very thing you need."  
 -Unknown 

I honor the light within you and in all things.

Before reaching for your coffee or the phone take a pause to honor your light. When we say "namaste"  we acknowledge that the light within us is the same light found in all living things. We honor our interconnectedness -- our oneness. 

Have you ever wanted to learn an instrument but didn't know where to start? Do you find that you sing way more, now that you're a mom? Music is the language of love. Sing loud. 

Try using 'Om Namaste' as a grounding practice before you start your day and a reminder that we are all connected (whether we like it or not).  

Take a few deep breaths to ground your day. Chant om a few times or as long as you'd like.  It's perfectly great to chant or sing while you're breastfeeding, too. Babies love it. 

Dust off your musical skills or that old guitar in your closet and learn how to play!  Learning activates new parts of your brain and keeps us young.  Notice how singing can reduce tension in your jaw and clear the mind.  

If you have older kiddos, get them involved. If you don't have instruments in your house, bust out the kitchen spoons or buckets for drums. Music is everywhere, and creating it will shift whatever energy is happening in that moment. 

Save this post for later when you are in need of a routine switch-a-roo.  Have fun.

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Quiet, Curiosity, and Care

My family and I recently moved from the heart of the city to the mountains. This has been a great gift to my inner life, my soul care. Most mornings I try to get out of the house before my daughter wakes up, while my husband is still sleeping or sitting with his cup of tea. I make a cup of coffee, put it in my mug and I walk out of my house into a morning wonderland. 

I walk down our little road into quiet. The trees above me are golden and the bunnies scurry across my path. The natural world stops me in in my hurried tracks, it quiets my anxious mind. The beauty of the world cares for me on days when I do not know how to care for myself. 

This morning I hiked up a familiar path near my house and came upon a group of six deer. While five of them ran quickly away, one stopped to look at me. I stood as still as possible and we took each other in for a moment. I was completely there, in that space with that beautiful creature. The world of media, politics, my never ending list of chores and work deadlines.... all of it was out of my mind. 

I walk and I listen. I walk and I wonder about the sound of a bird I have not heard before. I walk and the curiosity expands to the state of my own heart, the places and people I have forgotten to notice. 

I am reminded of a favorite poem by Wendell Berry. I am reminded that I am part of a larger story, the story of the earth and the story of humanity. Nature has this way of putting us in our place oh so gently in a way that we are nurtured and changed. 

The Peace of Wild Things
"When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."

Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things” from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. Copyright © 1998.

The question for each one of us lies in how to encounter this wild beauty which calls us to more quiet and curiosity. When we find it and make space for it in our lives it will change the way we listen, parent and show up in the world. It will care for us in a way that we so desperately need.  

Self Care Walk