Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good for 2017

What seems good for 2017?  Resolutions abound in many areas.  I find it frustrating to attempt to do all I know to help my kids grow to their potential while balancing my needs (which fill me up to help them grow to their potential, ahhhh).  I'm sure we could make lists around so much of what I usually read.  I'm a self-help glutton for sure!  We can make lists around diet, exercise, simplicity, religion/philosophy, family connection, nature connection and preservation.

I think I'm going to work with this word "connection," regardless of how cliche it might seem.  The above vicious cycle around mothering and healthy being is tied up in it, for sure.  Simplicity is too.  If I can connect with myself (in this esoteric balance), I can move consciously (exercise), I can eat consciously (diet), I can do other right actions that help my health and general well-being.  In connecting with my people, I constantly do the good work of marriage and family.  In connection with nature, there goes millions of possible right actions for our only home, our common mother no matter race or creed.

So maybe the point is to be conscious of connection in every moment?  Maybe presence can be a connection experiment for me?

I already do this at school (and check it with healthy boundaries).  With all the data-obsessed nonsense that has become the business of education, a lot of teachers truly have to focus on why we are actually in the classroom.  (It has nothing to do with a spreadsheet, to be sure.)

I notice that my day at school flies by happily and that I face the afternoon so grateful for us all to reunite and to have some "time."  When I get home, this concept of time quickly evaporates around chores, feeding, sibling fights, quick hugs and movements and hope of sleep.

To find the presence, the conscious connection, meditation will be much more important than I have made it in its different forms (TM, yoga, dishes?).  How many times do I need to write that in my journal or type something here to render it done?

In TCM, Winter is the time of silent dreaming.  It's when the seed is beneath the earth sleeping, and we have no idea what will Spring forth later!  Winter is time to dream and to feed this year to come in a way.  What will our contribution be?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Season of Giving

The girls save 20% of their allowance for charity/giving.  Each year, we decide what they care about in terms of possible recipients.  This year was super easy!

Z decided she wanted to help orphans.  We've read books and seen movies that have them, and their need really touches her.  She tells me how grateful she is to have a family etc.  She also loves Harry Potter, wants to be a writer and credits JK Rowling as her inspiration.  So, Lumos (her charity for orphans) was the obvious choice!  She has a terrific program there.

E wants to help the animals via our local Humane Society Shelter.  We've had doggies come to our yard the last couple of weekends, and we've worked with the shelter to find their owners etc.  Now that she understands what the shelter does, she wants to volunteer there (Summer maybe?) and do whatever she can to help.  She does want to adopt the animals too, but she'll have to do that once she has her own place.

As an aside, I have favorite charities our family gives to during the year.  We love St. Jude's, Sierra Club, ACLU and Conservation International.  In the past, we've also worked with Sustainable International, United Plant Savers and ASPCA.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Eat Right for Your Type

I read this one pretty quickly--very interesting ideas.  I did the reading around the types and then focused on my own blood type.  I have to admit that the basic line up of what "I should be eating" is close to my cravings or lack of cravings, personality, exercise types (what I gravitate towards).  The book helped to explain/frame all of this.  I'm wondering if I should give this way of eating a strict go or just go back to vegan eating (no sugar, oil, salt).  There's definitely some crossover, but there are fundamental differences (like nightshades, vinegar, certain grains, certain legumes, certain fruits).