I can’t believe it’s June (I know it’s very cliche of me to say so, but there you go.) Again, the idea and format for these reviews is from Mon at Holistic Mama, so go check out the others participating!
Hmmm….still not sure where I want to focus next, including here on this blog. Seems I’ve been saying that for awhile. So hope you like meandering, because apparently this is going to be a long phase….
– Finding a slot canyon on our latest Utah trip that the kids could actually get to (see very end of post for picture)
– Seeing the first baby tomatoes and bell peppers in our container garden, mentioned in March
– Creating mp3 files of some chakra meditations, and getting feedback on them
– Researching potential Earth Chakra locations
– Spending LOTS of time online and finding great blog posts to share (and commenting a lot too, which I probably can’t keep up this month, with the kid’s school year ending, so don’t feel slighted – as the saying goes “it’s not you, it’s me”!)
– Having my first guest blog post, by Paul Martin of Original Faith (any others interested in guest posting here? just email me at lerickson99[at]earthlink[dot]net)
– Killer migraine from hunching over my laptop in my favorite chair, instead of sitting nicely at my desk. Don’t do this.
– Having to find a new preschool for the twins for next year, after finding out just about everything I like about their current school (including my favorite teacher) will be gone or changing next year. It was actually quite a big drama. Too much to post here, but you’d be amazed how emotional something like this can be.
– Almost having our first child emergency room visit. My eldest daughter stuck a pencil up her nose and part of the eraser broke off. In case you don’t know, things like this can be very serious, because sinuses are easily damaged. But after a little panic and a call to our pediatrician’s emergency line, we managed to get it out through the highly sophisticated medical procedure of having-her-blow-her-nose-while-holding-the-other-side-shut. This little incident got me thinking about some stuff though (more on that in a bit…)
– Posting Why Adam Lambert Didn’t Win American Idol (or, the problem with religion.) What I thought was a throwaway vent post became my most popular, most linked to, most commented on post EVER. **sigh** Which just goes to show, if it’s hits your after, blog about reality TV!!
No really, that post wasn’t popular because it was about reality TV (or not entirely anyway), it’s because it hit a nerve regarding religion in the U.S., and how it has overtaken every social event and political discussion. It is very frustrating, and for a long time the debate has been secular vs. religious. But now many of us that are spiritual, or religious but in an unconventional sense, are feeling like maybe we should be in on the conversation more than we have been. And it’s hard to find the right forum and tone for doing so, because we don’t want to add to the vitriol or self-righteousness.
And just to be clear, I did not mean to imply that all evangelical or fundamentalist Christians are vitriolic or self-righteous. My husband’s and my own family together span just about every political and religious position in this country, and although there is frequently discomfort amongst us when discussing these issues, there is always love, never hate. I think most people are capable of disagreeing and still loving. It is the public dialogue – the radio shows, television shows, and blogs – on both sides of every issue that fuel the negativity and extreme reactions. And the question is, how to engage in the public dialogue on these issues without adding to that? How to practice blogging ahimsa (non-violence) in the Ghandian sense?
I realized after we got the eraser out of my daughter’s nose that I really expect a lot from her for her age. She is very bright and mature, and since I had the twins 19 months after her, she went from baby to eldest very fast. Sometimes I forget she is only four. If you would have asked me before this whether she would stick a pencil up her nose, I would definitely have said ‘no, she knows better than that.’ But she didn’t. When I asked her why she did it, she said ‘I was just being silly.’ And she should, at four, have the space to be silly. So I am working on that, and on letting her be the baby sometimes if she needs it.
Has anyone read the book Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph? I had heard good things about it, so I had thought of getting it, until I read this post panning it for perpetuating gender stereotypes. The twins have got me thinking a lot about gender stereotyping, since it’s so clear how differently they are treated sometimes. Would be interested in any thoughts on this book, or other suggestions.
I am stealing this quote from a comment by Evelyn Lim of Attraction Mind Map, on a post by Jan at Awake is Good on quotes, and I think it’s a nice reminder after my Earth Chakras post that ultimately we don’t have to travel far:
“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” — St Augustine
Favourite Tip/Idea from web
Has anyone participated in a Carrot Mob? I just read about this and it sounds intriguing. The idea is to incentivize businesses to make socially responsible decisions by rewarding them with more business, rather than punishing business that do the opposite through boycotts. For example, in the first one last year, the Carrot Mob group had several convenience stores compete on what % of sales in a single day they were willing to devote to greening their business. The store that won offered 24%. So Carrot Mob publicized the event, and on the chosen day, hundreds of people flooded the store and made purchases, and with 24% of sales that day, the store ended up making all the changes recommended by an energy auditor.
Slice of home
I’ve decided the shoe cubby in my home pretty much sums up the entire shift in my spiritual path since having kids. For twenty years my world revolved around meditation centers, dojos (karate studios), and yoga centers where everyone neatly placed their shoes in a cubby before entering. Discipline, routine, self-control. These days, this is how my own home’s shoe cubby looks on a typical day. Acceptance, surrender, finding joy in the chaos. It’s all good:-)