There is a popular Zen quote that could apply equally well to the laundry or the dishes:
"Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"
This is a guest post by Tara Darlington, a Yoga Teacher and specialist in the areas of Birth, Motherhood and Parenting. Tara's work with her clients is wholistic and healing, she nurtures her clients through the many transitional phases of a mother's journey while also teaching them the tools to nurture themselves.
Being overwhelmed is a very real state of being for most mamas these days. In between making sure that our children’s practical and emotional needs are met, there are partners and friends and pets that all need us. Throw in work, childcare, school and extra curricular activities for the kids, it can feel like a never ending cycle of checking off items on an ever growing to do list.
Imagine my delight to discover that Rebecca has written a book named Mindfulness for Mothers specifically to help mothers of young children find their center through a series of simple meditation and mindfulness techniques.
The Hero most certainly did have a baby.
If the narrative lived by all the women the world over, their mothers and their mothers and their mothers for all existence is not The Hero's Journey, then I don't know what is.
Mothers are tired. So we look to ways to manage our time and plan our days with more efficiency and speed.
I recently heard a quote, we don't have a time management problem, we have an attention and energy management problem.
This, said by a man with much more control over his time, has left me wondering whether this nugget carries any wisdom at all for mothers.
This time of year we reconnect with the rhythm of our daily routine. We find our way back to our usual waking and bedtimes. We make adjustments in our schedules and synchronise our personal rhythms with those imposed on us by schools and workplaces.
After the storm of activity at the end of a busy year, we find ourselves looking ahead into 2016, possibly with a clutch of resolutions, goals and dreams we are hoping to manifest this year.
While the turning of the calendar might be a completely arbitrary time, the symbolism and energy of closing off a year and stepping into a new one makes it a superb time to check in with where we are today and what we wish to look forward to.
I am so humbled and excited to share this interview with the accomplished and very thought provoking New York yoga teacher, J. Brown. I've followed J. for many years via his blog, and now his Yoga Talks podcast conversations. He delves right into the pressing issues around what yoga has become in the West and shares insights into yoga "culture" as well as personal and raw experiences of this practice.
I’m drowning in a sea of plastic containers. Where there were once only a few, they seem to have multiplied to the point of needing to occupy the most spacious drawer in our kitchen. They are constantly coming and going with school lunches, they are holding unidentifiable matter in the fridge, and for some reason, finding a matching lid is always a challenge.