Autumn Equinox- reflections and ideas for families

These past few weeks my daughter and son have been co-creating a nature ‘school’ with me that we have been sharing with some beautiful families. It has been so fun dreaming up crafts, activities, stories, games, and sharing songs. I’m always amazed at the creativity that pours out of all of us as we contemplate […]

Living Free

For years now, we have known that my son’s middle school years would be a time to do something different. My husband with his PhD in Education and my experience as a school social worker and counselor, led us both to feel the pressure cooker of intense peer dynamics is a social experiment resulting in […]

Letting Go of Guilt is Loving

Did you know that guilt is not a real emotion? I know this may sound incomprehensible because that feeling of guilt can be so palpable on an inner level as well as, felt from another that is ‘guilt tripping’ you.

Yet, guilt is not a core, authentic emotion that arises naturally. […]

Breathing in, Breathing Out

Thanks to Evan Brown, Earthroots wise man that I adore, we found ourselves at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA last week for their annual family camp. I was astounded to find a community (led by the beautiful Thich Nhat Hanh) whose core values expressed in the Five Mindfulness trainings, essentially match my own.

Tucked […]

A Missing Key to harnessing The Power to Create Your Reality

“You have the power to create your own reality” is a phrase I have heard often…and often because I grew up with people who were oppressed by very real things in life, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, POVERTY, mental illness, neglect….I have often rejected this idea. It felt too similar to the victim blaming […]

Understanding your Prickliness

This past Saturday, I was meandering silently through Oak Canyon, a local nature reserve, at the beginning of my Conscious Mothering retreat. As I walked, opening to what Spirit had to teach me, I found myself standing, unable to move, captivated by the cacti; by their rooted presence, strength, tenacity, and natural self-protection.

This is […]

Embracing the Seasons of Life

While we have yet to see many traditional signs of Autumn here yet, the heat waves are bringing the familiar delicious beach weather and the signs for pumpkin spiced ‘this’ and ‘that’ are everywhere…so of course I am thinking about seasons.

We generally feel the rhythm of the current season as a direct parallel to […]

Real Love is Messy sometimes

It was messy….

Although the afternoon began well, with my daughter giving me the sweetest Valentine’s card ever…melting and opening my heart…

a few very small conventional candies later (that I allowed from the bag of way too much sugar brought home), both of my children were exhibiting the very real emotional/behavioral consequences of processed […]

Welcoming Autumn with Our Children (Autumnal Equinox)

A day early, my dear friend Erin and I took our children to the beach to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox. Over the years we have come together as kindred spirits in our love of nature and the rhythms it helps us keep in life and our hearts.

So after much delighted wave diving and frolicking, […]

Preserving the Authentic Essence

I originally posted this many moons ago at www.innerbonding.com and thought I’d share it here… inspired by a conversation with a

their essence shines so bright :)

mama at the mini retreat this Saturday….this issue is timeless….

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A few months ago, I attended an amazing dance workshop led by Vinn Marti, focused on […]

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