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Your Name as a Mantra

My task for the day, per my guidance, was to say the mantra of my name in meditation for 30 minutes. A mantra is a word chanted or sung as a prayer. They also suggested that I do this for the next 4 days.

Going into it I understood that a name is a type of vibration and that both saying and thinking my name holds spiritual energy specific to me.

We carry the energy of the name we were given at birth for our whole life. It is like a fingerprint holding identity. In fact, I learned recently in numerology, that the energy of a woman’s  maiden name is more significant than her married name and that it reflects from her personality.

At first I began by silently chanting my name in my mind and then later letting it roll off my tongue in a whisper, sometimes on an inhale, sometimes on an exhale, playing a bit with the experience. Then all at once it became known to me that I was attuning to myself. Linking the energy of my name to the energy of me in harmony.

During one segment of the 30 minutes I could feel the energy of my name. The first half of my name felt like a wide open circle and the second half of my name felt like an inverted donut, flipping into itself as a band of energy. Intuitively the deeper meaning of my name came through as, “an open space becoming as one.” That was really fascinating to feel. Do you wonder what your name feels like to you? Say it now and see if you get any impressions. Notice how it rises and falls or perhaps how your body responds to it.

Wow, life is so strange and beautiful.

It seems a peaceful enough exercise but doing the 30 minutes of my name as a mantra was a challenge for me. My mind wandered aimlessly as I sat and at times I definitely wondered how much more time I had and fought the urge to open my eyes and peek at the timer. However, I did notice that reciting my name was a solid place to focus. When my mind continually led me away it was my name that led me back to me. It provided a vehicle to circle back around to being me, separate from my thoughts.

By the time the timer went off and the meditative mantra was done I felt much more settled, more inwardly focused, even slower, and gentler. My daughter, as divine timing would have it, had just came down from her nap as I was finishing up. She came to show me something in her hand and as I slowly, with full-awareness, put my hands next to hers reaching for what she was showing, I took a moment to notice the beauty of our hands together. Her sweet small perfect little fingers of youth and my larger worn fingers of age. Then I touched her hand as she held the piece out to me. My fingers of love and care gently wrapping around hers. And then I looked to her face, to her eyes, and felt the mystery of love with no need for accordance, no need for explanation or mention, standing motionless between us. My daughter, my beautiful daughter, I see your life and your soul in the wonder and expression of your face. Never before having looked at our hands together in this way, I was full of wonderment, and in the consciousness that broke through during this glimpse of noticing that which goes unnoticed, I knew my 30 minutes had been well spent.

In conclusion I would say chanting your name as mantra is a way to bring your spirit into being and I would most definitely recommend it.

Mind Care

I loved this post by The Mindful Kids Blog so much that I just had to share it. I hope you enjoy it too!

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Children are given many opportunities in life to take care of their bodies.  They are taught to brush their teeth EVERY day.  They are taught to eat healthy food.  They are taught to get exercise.

Children are also given many ways to take care of their intellect.  They are taught to read and to write.  They are taught math and science.  They are taught to go to school EVERY day, and not just when they feel like going.

Children are not often given ways to take care of their minds such as regulating emotions and acquiring executive function skills like the ability to stop and delay gratification. 

Here are three mind care activities for children to help them take care of their minds EVERY day.

1. Set a motivation for the day. 

For a child to be in the habit of beginning EVERY day with a motivation or intention, she will move…

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Fluffy, Fuzzy, Floaty Fun

Looking for something simple and fun to do in nature? Go out hunting for milkweed pods.

Then when you find them you can bust them open and have a ball with the fluffy, floaty seeds.

Just fluff them up with your fingers and blow. They’re the dandelion fuzz of the fall.

A great hands on nature activity for kids and fun for adults too!

Spinning World a Children’s Song

With the extra time I have had to work on Our Home, The Earth I have been coming up with some new ideas. I have a list of possible ideas that could be used in a classroom with the book as a segue for discussing ways to care for our environment. I also wrote a song. The idea for the song came up while I was pushing my daughter on the swing. We often pair the two together, swinging and singing, and coming up with this little rambling I knew I had to write it down and expand on it later. This is the end result:

Spinning world,
Spinning world,
Spreading seeds as the wind does whirl,
Growing food and growing life,
Thank you for air, water, and light.

Touching ears,
And touching knees,
Thank you for this body you feed,
So much joy I jump with glee,
Thank you world for loving me.

Spinning world,
Spinning world,
Spreading seeds as the wind does whirl,
Planting hopes and planting dreams,
Watering gardens with life’s stream,

Touching hearts,
And holding hands,
Thank you for this place I stand,
So much joy to sing we must,
Thank you world for loving us!

I even have motions for the kids to do as they sing it. And a local piano teacher is working on writing the music notes for me. It would be super cute to see performed. So my current plan is to include Spinning World at the back of the book. So fun!

Cheers!

Wouldn’t it be great in life if we all had a crowd to cheer us on?

Support and recognition are so motivating! So be sure to surround yourself with those who are cheering for you in all areas of your life.

The following video shares the story of one incredible boy whose drive and motivation will touch your heart and inspire you to reach for your own goals no matter how big or small. It is your turn to be inspired today and to commit to yourself to just keep moving forward. You don’t have to go fast, you just have to keep going.

Click below to be redirected to ESPN Video and watch this incredible story.

Link:  Matt Woodrum, Run With Me

Fun Photo Editing Website!

Our Home, The Earth my fourth children’s book has been sent off to print!

In editing the images for the illustrations my niece had told me about a great website where you can really get creative with your pictures. It is so easy! Check it out at http://www.picmonkey.com

Here is the cover of my book:

But this is what I started with:

And from here you can do this:

Or this:

How about this:

Or maybe this:

Really I could go on and on, but seriously it’s so easy! Just go to the website http://www.picmonkey.com/. Click on “Edit a Photo,” pick an image file from your computer that you would like to enhance, and go for it.

Have fun!