All posts tagged: peaceful

Spring has Sprung!

Wow! Spring is finally here! For those of you who also live in the Northeast of the United States, you probably understand how EXCITING this is! It has been a fun, but very cold winter here for us… and as much fun as it was to build countless snowmen and learn to ski again with my son… it feels great to have the air be warm and the sun shining on our faces as we venture off on bike rides together again! As the days warm up, I still find myself wanting to live at a slower pace. That is one of my favorite things about winter… going slower. We are almost forced to because the snow makes us drive slower, and the days get darker much earlier, so we hibernate. But now the days are getting lighter again, and it’s hard not to think of EVERYTHING we can do again: swim, grill outside, go camping, ride bikes, play outside, go on adventures, go to the ocean, listen to live music, etc. And it will be great to do …

Why Meditation for Children?

It’s taken me many years to come to realize the power of meditation. I remember growing up, my mother would tell me to take deep breaths to help me calm down, but it wasn’t until high school when I actually put her advice into practice. It was before an exam, and I was nervous- I remember walking into the girls bathroom, looking in the mirror and telling myself to take 10 deep breaths. Focusing on my breath has been one of the surest ways for me to realize how I am actually feeling… anytime, day or night. Anytime I feel frustrated, taking deep breaths has been one of the best go-to tools for helping calm myself down (and I’m sure has prevented me from saying things I would later regret). As a mother, there are many moments when part of me would like to just blurt out “HURRY UP!”… but we all know that that never really helps any situation with a child (other than an emergency perhaps). I remember a few months ago my son …

The Power of Touch

    I remember years ago during my last semester of college, I attended a Restorative Yoga class with one of my all-time most favorite yoga teachers, Billie Jo Joy from Art & Soul Yoga in Cambridge, MA. My college boyfriend and I had broken up after dating for 3.5 years, and I had been really busy finishing up school. During this yoga class, the teacher came over and gently put a blanket over my body to stay warm. Suddenly I was overcome with such a powerful emotion. I remember tearing up, thinking to myself about how human closeness is so important for health and happiness. So… fast forward through time to when my son was born. He was born prematurely at 32 weeks because I had preeclampsia. He was in good health, but needed to be delivered early because my blood pressure was so high. Throughout the entire time he was in the hospital, I began to learn about the importance of Kangaroo Care or “skin to skin”. The health benefits from Kangaroo Care are EXTAORDINARY for improving an …

1st Published Article…

I recently had an article that I wrote published in Mandala Magazine’s online edition. Mandala Publications is the official publication of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international charitable organization founded by two Tibetan Buddhist masters, Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. FPMT is a vibrant international community, with a network of 160 affiliate centers, projects and services, and members in more than 30 countries. The name of the article I wrote is called Parenting Unplugged: Self Care. I wanted to share about ways to cultivate self-care into your daily routine, and about how I helped my son create a peace space at home. Click HERE for a direct link to the article. I reached out to Mandala this past summer to ask about an idea I had for writing (I will share this idea another time once it develops further). They asked if I would be interested in writing something about parenting, which I was so psyched to do! I’m finding this new passion for writing …

Parents… You rock!

How many of you out there are single parents? How many of you are married, but feel like a single parent some, or most of the time? How many of you are parenting equally with the other parent- meaning, you each take on about 50% of the “parenting” duties? Well…. I honor ALL of you. Yes. All of you. Parenting is not an easy job. Whether you are sharing the responsibilities as a parent with someone equally, or taking on most of them yourself- it can feel overwhelming some days. Babies staying awake all night, or toddlers waking up every few hours when they are sick. Children fighting you about bedtime and not wanting to brush their teeth. The mornings when you’ve literally been awake for 60 minutes and already you want everyone to go back to sleep. Yep. We have ALL been there. We all know that instead of yelling, you are quietly talking to yourself, taking deep breaths, and reminding yourself that it is most important to stay calm. We all know how hard …

Where Are All The Helpers?

It’s funny the places I happen to be when all of a sudden, an idea for writing comes to mind. Today, it was the dressing room of T.J. Maxx. Yep. I bought nothing, but came out with an idea! You see, I’ve been feeling unsure of what to write about for the past few weeks… should it be about Yoga, Parenting, or about how to keep your Holidays simple with children…? Well, I’m thankful for the T.J. Maxx dressing room today because a very important question came to my mind… WHERE ARE ALL THE HELPERS IN THE WORLD? There is an astonishing amount of CRAP going on in the world. Today. Right this very moment. Violence, war, drug abuse, children being used and abused as soldiers… not to mention all of the poverty. And yet here I am writing on a computer from the comfort and safety of my home. What a blessing, truly, it blows my mind.  However, what I want to focus on (amidst the chaos of this world) is the fact that there are GOOD… …

Thoughtful Transitions

So, we have all undergone a massive change over the last week together… yes, that’s right: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME. The time of year when darkness becomes even darker… when we feel ready for bed at 5:30pm… and when our children are itching to still play, but we are crammed indoors (well, at least those of us in the Northeast region of the US) due to the darkness and soon-to-come freezing temperatures. It’s really not that bad though… honestly. A few years ago I remember a woman I met at a “new mom’s group” in Portland, Maine talk about how she was going to “embrace winter”. That phrase totally hit me. How incredible! At the time, being a new mom meant feeling very, very tired with a child under the age of 1 year. However, it also meant I had the precious opportunity to rediscover what it means to PLAY. I’m pretty sure our winter adventures that first year of my son’s life consisted of walks along the ocean on mild days, and short snowshoe hikes through the woods with friends …