Mama Moments

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I have many ideas.

Most of them stay within the confounds of my journals. Luckily, one was brought to life by my wildly creative + talented friend, Esta Tonkin. This idea that existed only as thought, I can now hold in my hands – and I want every mother (especially a mother of young kids) to have one.

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A Mama Moment

A BEAUTIFULLY handmade purse, filled with a mini notebook, pen, and affirmation cards to act as a touchstone for you as you go about mothering. It’s a place where you can gather and collect things that make you feel good, and return to them as often as you wish. So that you can feel like you.

It’s a place to go to when you have an unexpected break, when there is peace, before bed, first thing in the morning. Put a poem you love, a few chocolates, a crystal or two, and make sure to always have it on hand : in the diaper bag, in the car, in the kitchen, let it travel with you, and grow alongside you.

A perfect gift for any mother. Because you know, sometimes we need to be relentlessly coaxed to take a break, to have a moment to ourselves. Now we will have a visual reminder to draw us back to ourselves, all while fueling, feeding, and growing alongside our family.

Thank you Esta, for using your magic to bring this to life. I’m thrilled for any mother who will get to have one of these in their hands.

 

 

 

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A Prayer

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In the post Thanksgiving haze, things feel quiet and slow. Perfect conditions for doubt and feeling like whatever I’m doing isn’t enough to sneak in.

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I have been writing daily prayers, or wishes, which have been a helpful tool. This practice was inspired by my teacher Amanda Harding, who weaves together deliciously thoughtful + meaningful prayers that she so generously shares.

This was today’s:

Allow me to judge less, and forgive myself when I forget.

Let me be guided + reminded there is time for it all – as long as JOY is the utmost concern.

Let me remember to play, and to take myself and my work WAY less seriously.

Let me be free to make things.

Let me remember magic lives in connection, support me as I reach out, especially when I’d rather not reach at all.

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Writing it down, handing it off, asking for help. Sometimes I remember what I wrote, other times I need to read it again and again. But at least it is there – when I choose to remember.

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Spiritual Toolbox : The Great Work of Your Life

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“… we cannot achieve greatness unless we lose all interest in being great. For our own idea of greatness is illusory, and if we pay too much attention to it we will be lured out of the peace and stability of the being God gave us, and seek to live in a myth we have created for ourselves. It is, therefore, a very great thing to be little, which is to say: to be ourselves. And when we are truly ourselves we lose most of the futile self- consciousness that keeps us constantly comparing ourselves with others in order to see how big we are.”  – Thomas Merton

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The quote above came from a wonderful book : The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope. It looks at the lives of great masters and ordinary people to see what it took for them to listen to, and follow what felt to be their true calling.

Reading about other people’s journeys reminded me the individual’s purpose is so unique, and shouldn’t be discounted if it seems too “small” or not making a big enough impact. The nurse, the teacher, the friend, the artist, the mother, the assistant, whatever it may be… is incredibly important and a sacred role to fill, especially when it is aligned with your heart and your life’s work.

It’s worth exploring.

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Recognize Your Wonder

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Fully + completely.

Honor the parts of you that sparkle and the things about you that make you proud.

The steps you have taken to get to where you are today. If you’ve wandered a bit or are still figuring it out – celebrate that. Because it all matters.

Do it daily. Make it a practice.

Write some awesome things down about yourself, and constantly connect to your greatness – no matter how hard they might be to believe at first.

Over the years I have heard lovely things about myself – only to immediately discount it. I think they are just being nice or saying that because it they have to… Now I’m ready to let it sink in and believe.

Because when I do, I will be able to be a fuller, brighter, me.

So believe all the good anyone has ever said to you, written to you, or shared with you – or you have thought yourself! And if you can’t seem to do that just yet…

Then trust me when I say – it’s true!

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How To Connect To Your Intuition

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Your intuition is what guides you in the right direction. Everyone has access to it, you just have to cultivate it lovingly and consistently. Here are a few ways you can strengthen your connection to yourself so that you can step into your intuitive flow.

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1. Realize you have it, and flat out own it.

2. Make quiet time for just yourself daily – if only for a minute.

3. Journal: ask big questions, and let your intuition write you the answers – you will be surprised with how much you already know.

4. Meditate. Perhaps the most important thing you could do to strengthen this muscle. Return to the breath and let everything else fall away.

5. MOVE : do yoga, run, swim, spin, walk, dance – whatever gets you into your body and out of your mind. Motion is potion.

6. Do something you love : a favorite hobby, make a delicious meal, color, play with your kids, whatever you helps you feel in the flow. Do that as often as possible.

7. Honor the moon.

8. Pray.

9. Supercharge this connection by pairing it with a mini mala – or any other symbolic item you have in your presence as a visual reminder.

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When I am conscious about the information I am taking in from the external world, and reverent towards my internal guide – a lot ends up opening and flowing, which feels really good.

What do you do to find that connection to your intuition? I’d LOVE to hear!

 

 

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How to Create an Altar : Part 2

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Once you have found a space, start to gather and arrange meaningful objects on your altar. Chose things that inspire you and lift you up.

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Here are some options to get you started :

  • A symbol of something that helps you feel guided and protected : Maybe it’s a statue or picture of a god, goddess, angel, saint, etc..  I have Mother Mary, Ganesh, and Shiva sprinkled on my altar.
  • Pictures of loved ones that perhaps you don’t get to see anymore but feel a strong connection to. I have a picture of my grandma.
  • Candles: Something light + bright that can symbolize your desires burning and forming into this world. I love my magic hour candle.
  • A little bowl of water for fluidity and nourishment.
  • Plants to purify, ground you, and watch grow. I love my air plants & succulents and although they aren’t on my altar, they are close by.
  • Elements from nature : leaves, branches, flowers, fruits, rocks, shells, etc.
  • Crystals : for added magic.
  • Mala beads : to use for meditation or charge with positivity.
  • Dried sage : To clear your space.

 

Here are some items you can keep nearby :

  • Journal : help you connect to yourself
  • Inspiring book : some of my favorites
  • A meditation shawl : to keep you cozy
  • Deck of intuitive cards : to play with and receive guidance from
  • Your yoga mat /meditation cusion : to create a comfortable seat
  • Essential oils : to energize and refresh

Whatever you decide to collect will be something that is in constant flux. This is what my altar looked like when we were living in Germany, and now it quite a bit different, but still feels right. So give yourself permission to let it evolve. And I can’t wait to hear what special things you gather!!

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