Happy Mother's Day!
I love that we have a day in our yearly calendar to celebrate Mothering!
After all, we all have a mother!
Do you look forward to Mother’s Day?
Or do you have mixed feelings about this day?
Are your Mother’s Day celebrations nourishing to you?
Or are they filled with unrealistic expectations from all angles….self, family, culture….
Would you like to add some new ingredients to your celebrations?
I have a few I’d love to share with you!!
Here they are:
DECEMBER BLOG 2018
Here we are.
The darkest part of the year is here, in the Northern Hemisphere
It’s Dark and Cold.
Admittedly this is not my favorite season.
I forget about this time during the glorious warm, sunlit seasons
that seem to go on forever.
I have met a handful of folks who love winter.
Are you one of them?
Or are you dreaming of warm, sunny escapes like me?
Letting go of the outward communion with nature’s fauna
and flora I find quite challenging. At least it’s gradual.
Nature is kind.
It’s so QUIET outside. The songbirds are long gone. The bull frogs in my pond have stopped singing. The cicadas and crickets have disappeared. Occasionally, I hear the lone call of a Red Tailed Hawk as she plays with the wind currents.
It’s also COLORLESS. The bright, cheery flowers are gone.
The Maples and Birches and Oaks have shed their leaves
and now stand naked and proud, silhouetted against the darkening sky.
Despite my dislike of this winter season, I have been hearing a new voice this year:
“Befriend the Darkness”
“In order to experience anything at all, the exact opposite
of it will appear.
“It is a great gift,” God said,
“because without it, you could not know what anything is like.”
“You could not know warm without cold, up without down,
fast without slow.”
“And so, “ God concluded. “When you are surrounded with darkness,
do not shake your fist and raise your voice and curse the darkness.
Rather be a Light unto the Darkness and don’t be mad about it.
Then you will know who you Really Are.”
The Little Soul and The Sun by Neale David Walsch
Would you like to join me for a walk in the dark?
I’ve been practicing!
Stepping out into the night. No flashlight. No IPhone.
And do you know what?
I’m actually enjoying getting to know this new friend!
She’s becoming a beautiful and powerful ally. When I allow her in,
she reveals to me, bit by bit, those lost treasures of heart and soul
that await my discovery.
Wherever you are on Planet Earth, I invite you to join me for
a few minutes.
Step out into the Night
What do you discover?
I’d love to hear about your experience!
Love and Blessings,
September 2018 Blog
I named my company Happy Mama Happy Baby for a specific reason.
We know that a mother’s happiness affects all those around her, especially her children.
Now we can give ourselves permission to be happy, right?
It’s that simple. Or maybe it’s not. This is why I’m beginning this exploration:
Dan Buettner has spent the last fifteen years traveling the world studying longevity and happiness, particularly long-lasting happiness.
He discovered 5 places in the world where people live the longest, healthiest, happiest lives. He calls these places Blue Zones:
Dan discovered 9 healthy lifestyle habits shared by people who live the longest, healthiest, happiest lives:
1. Move Naturally
The longest lives people don’t “work out” in gyms. They live naturally active lifestyles. They garden, walk, hike, dance and do housework without mechanical aids.
Dan says: “Knowing your purpose is worth up to 7 years of extra life expectancy.”
In other words, why are you here? What special and unique gifts are you here to share?
3. Down Shift
Even Blue Zoners experience stress. The difference? They have regular routines the release stress.
Okinowans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors.
7th Day Adventists pray.
Sardinians have “happy hour”.
Love this except the “happy hour”!
4. 80% Rule
Blue Zoners stop eating when they are 80% full. They eat their largest meal midday and their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and nothing after that until morning.
Personally, I love eating this way.
5. Plant Slant
The cornerstone of the diets of Blue Zoners is beans (fava, black, soy, lentils), green vegetables and fresh fruits.
Meat on average is eaten sparingly, no more than 5 times a month and the serving sizes are 3-4 ounces.
Healthier and less expensive!
6. Wine at 5
How about this?
All Blue Zoners drink alcohol moderately(except Adventists).
According to Dan’s study, moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers. The preferred drink is wine, 1-2 glasses a day, preferably Cannonau wine. They drink only with friends and with food.
Really? This seems like a lot of alcohol to consume!
All but 5 Blue Zoners out of the 263 interviewed belong to some kind of faith-based community. Research shows that attending faith based services 4 times/month, regardless of demonination, will add 4-14 years to your life.
8. Loved ones first
For all Blue Zoners, family comes first.
Grandparents are nearby or living in the home.
They invest in their children with TIME and LOVE.
They often have a life partner(which can add up to 3 years to your life)
I love hearing this! I agree!
9. Right Tribe
All Blue Zoners chose or were born into social circles that support healthy behaviors and healthy, happy lifestyles.
Okinawans created ‘moais’, which are groups of friends committed to each other for life.
According to Dan’s study, behavior and lifestyle choices are contagious.
How very beautiful.
For further information about Dan’s work, visit his website: bluezones.com
He offers a True Happiness Test that I found quite enjoyable.
Have we answered the question?
At least we have begun…..
Little Bear Video
Having a dog is high on Dan Buettner’s research list for happiness😀
Stayed tuned for next month’s blog…..
What do Yogis have to say about long lasting happiness?
Is happiness conditional or not?
As always, I’d love to hear your comments and responses.
Blessings and love,