I came across this pin on Pinterest a few weeks ago and saved it because I was surprised to find that this is something my daughter asked me to do without knowing what it was. She asked me to start doing this because I kiss my dog on his forehead if I have to go … Continue reading 3rd Eye Kiss
Just as there are many ways to meditate and be mindful, there are many paths to it. I am not an expert. I am a novice; but my journey to get here has been a long and winding one, full of distractions and false starts. I first learned of a way to bring a calmer … Continue reading My Journey to Mindfulness
I just signed up to participate in a portion of A Global Meditation for Peace. It is part of a larger event being held in Toronto. At $3,076 I will not be attending the main event. But on August 8th, I can afford to sit at home and meditate for free. I have 66 days … Continue reading Getting Back Inside Myself
I have been feeling very on edge this past week. In the past I would have exploded in anger, or shut down and cried. But now I breathe. I try to find a few quiet moments, but there have been very few quiet moments this week. I need time to myself to recharge. Away from … Continue reading Quiet and calm has been elusive this week
Today began something I could have never anticipated. The maiden, the mother and the crone are all embarking on a one week journey of mindful-based meditation. Together! This is a journey I have been experimenting with for over a year - but seeking all my life. For my daughter, the maiden, she has dabbled in … Continue reading 1 Week 1 Goal: Meditate Daily
The irony of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is that a child acts younger developmentally than they are physically. This can be awkward when you are out somewhere and your 15 year is acting like an eight year old and people are staring - because outwardly she "looks normal" but her brain isn't on the outside … Continue reading I am grateful that I am still loved this way.
I think I have mentioned school attendance before but if not, I will now. For the last five years getting my daughter to school is a struggle almost every day. I'm not sure the exact number of days in a school year - let me estimate 160 - (10 mos. x 20 days - 40 … Continue reading Another school day. Another sick day.
I was browsing Pinterest this morning looking for graphic inspiration to represent FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). I didn't find anything that spoke to me, but it did lead me to the following chart, which shows what life may be like for an 18 year old with FASD. FASD describes a range of lifelong disabilities … Continue reading Four Mantras for Parenting a Child with FASD
There have been many lessons to learn since adopting my daughter - but one of the first ones I look back on is appreciating small memories and capturing them. Taking baby steps as they say - or as I say taking 6x steps. Due to her brain damage caused by her birth mother drinking … Continue reading Our first steps were 6x Steps
Once ~ we walked the earth and our bodies were strong. Once ~ we started each day with grateful breaths and grateful thanks for all around us. Once ~ we used medicines, prayers and ceremonies that cured any sickness we had. Now it is different. We climb an unknown mountain searching for fresh air. We … Continue reading Sacred Breath