Saturday, February 15, 2014


I realize "student-ing" isn't a verb, but that's what I'm excited about these days.

Here and there, I end up referencing Kim John Payne's work through Simplicity Parenting (and the Soul of Discipline).  I've been pondering doing their distance training program to become a coach/group leader and decided to take the plunge this Spring.  We had one session as an orientation, and it was so lovely.  I'm really thrilled to work through not only the facilitating aspects of this work but selfishly a deeper expression (main reason) of these principles in our own home.  We start "regular" sessions/work The first Saturday in March which carry us to the beginning of May (with an Easter break in there).  The assignments are all things that are appealing--it's so nice to WANT to do "work."

The lesser but no doubt majorly important course I'm working through is Todd Sarner's Transformative Parenting Online Course.  He offered some freebie webinars which were fantastic.  (I mentioned him a blog or two back in conjunction with Gordon Neufeld's book.)  I say "lesser" in that it's not any sort of certification program, and assignments are more like listening to the webinars and journaling if we choose to (alongside trying things out).  The heart of this work is attachment: where it is, how strong, how nourishing etc.  It's also thrilling.  The nice thing is that the modules will up for many months after the course is finished so that if I find time lacking, there are no deadlines there.

I probably won't be reading too many "other" books this Spring. :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014


The best introduction, as far as I can see to Ayurveda is Eat-Taste-Heal.  It was recommended by a certified and well-trained Ayurvedic practitioner (Atlanta), and I can attest that it's accessible to a Western mind/understanding.  The other introduction I've been working through is Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing: A Practical Guide.  While I'm not complaining about that one, I can see how Eat-Taste-Heal makes it simpler for a novice to feel out the Ayurvedic system and start to understand parts.  There are also lots of recipes in Part II.

When I'm ready to look at more in-depth explorations and more variety in recipes, I'm going after Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution.  Also, Ayurveda: A Life of Balance and Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners.  We'll see if my interest truly keeps me digging.  I bought those books with some Christmas money so I'm excited to learn more.  I want to be careful to be genuine though and not just pursue this knowledge carelessly.

There's so much I usually want to learn, but once you purchase books sometimes there's a sense of obligation or guilt.  My general motivation is in line with wanting all areas of health to flow and be joined.  Meditation has brought some of that to bear, and working with a naturopath is extremely healthy in facing up to the roll lifestyle has.

The practitioner I met isn't that far away so I might consult with her at some point.  She's a jewel of a resource to be so close since her training is a direct line back to Maharishi.  I know there are many sources of learning, but I particularly appreciate him and his heart for the West and willingness to share.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


It's very timely that this last weekend (otherwise known as Candlemas) was my TM Residence Course--it's like a vacation/retreat really.  But as people clean out/declutter after Advent and put on fresh linens for Candlemas, it's neat that we had a chance to de-stress even more.

I'm not sure that I've ever talked about TM (Transcendental Meditation) here on my blog, but I've had the privilege to practice it for about 11 months now.  It has changed so many things and facilitated some new perspective.  While I don't want to sound cheesy or like I'm selling something, this stuff really has changed my life.

Stress has always been a trouble spot for me, and it even came to play in my health.  My main reason for learning TM was wanting to manage/get rid of it.  So far, that's definitely a part of it.  It's a huge, wonderful gift that way.  I don't have so many knee-jerk reactions (even in what I eat).  Things at work don't get to me the way they did.  I'm a far more patient and discerning mom.  These changes are terribly exciting especially since I haven't even done this a full year yet.

My teacher, Mark Cohen, or any TM teacher can give a much richer presentation than I can in the sense of what is happening mentally and biochemically in the body and how even the mechanics of TM relates to quantum physics.  It really does all come together.  Dr. Oz recommends it for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.  He had his entire staff trained.  (Oprah did too.)  Veterans with PTSD are finding new life with this technique.  Kids who faced failure and fights are learning to manage themselves and finding success at school.  Here's a video that, to me, touches on the powerful tool that TM is.