a few examples of the tiny little ways and places i fit the woowoo in to a normal week.
in the morning i will try to do one of the following shortly after waking up: ten deep belly breaths. state my intention for how i will be that day (peaceful and energized for example). a minute or two of stretching/sun salutation type stuff.
during outside time i will keep myself open to any animals that come near where we are. i will say hello, encourage the children to say hello, and if it seems like the animals are near us for a more important reason i might ask if there is a message.
during nap/quiet time i might take a moment to do a mini meditation. i might take a moment to check in with my guides. i might try to get some work done for a client. i might do some more focused writing to help me work through an issue i am struggling with.
kids going to sleep time tends to be the time of day when i consistently do something woowoo every day. i am not sure why this timing works out so well for me but it does. the lights are out, the white noise is relaxing to me, the motion of being in the rocker gets me into a space i can use for journeying work, or meditation, or some direct communication work. since adopting this as my go to time close to six months ago, bedtimes have become much more pleasant as well. i used to be in the room rocking and rocking and wishing the kids would hurry up and fall asleep so i could get to whatever was waiting for me outside the door. now i am sometimes so deeply involved in my work that both kids have fallen asleep and i haven’t even noticed until the time is right for me to stop rocking. then i put z down, kiss them both and leave them to their dreams feeling peaceful myself. it is awesome!
occasionally i have a mother’s helper come to the house to help me with the kids for a bit and then i might do some more concentrated work for a client or i might spend the time on the phone with a client. i prefer not to be “working” like this after the kids are asleep because i want to give myself some down time also but the world is not a perfect place so sometimes i am doing this kind of work while they are sleeping and before i go to bed myself.
often as i lay down to fall asleep myself i will take a few moments to meditate on each of my kids. i usually ask to be shown something. i might ask to be shown a way to handle something i am struggling with in my interactions with one of them. i might ask to be shown something they need at this point in their life. i might simply ask to shown something we did that day that really worked well for them. if i feel stuck in a bad cycle i might use this time instead to visualize the next day with them filled with love and connection. if i feel like something is going on that i can’t put my finger on i ask for healing to come to us as we sleep.
in the last week or so i specifically:
– did some work with a horse for a client while i had a mother’s helper here playing with the kids (in the other room).
– spoke on the phone with the client after the kids were sleeping.
– did some focused white light work for haiti while during kids bed time.
– did a more traditional shamanic journey for haiti during kids bed time.
– wrote up the details of the journey after they were sleeping.
– did some past life journey work for another client during kids bedtime.
– wrote the work up after kids were sleeping.
– spoke with that client while the kids played in the sandbox (she has children too and was open to this timing).
– did some healing work with my own inner child, talking to her about ways she was feeling hurt and bringing healing to the situation during kids bedtime.
– did 10 – 30 minutes of yoga sometime in the morning about four times. i don’t take it too seriously and then i don’t mind the kids interrupting me, climbing under over and through the poses and or nursing.
– did my falling asleep meditation on the kids each night.
– tried out the soft belly practice that mama-om wrote about in her recent series several times a day.
– touched in with three hawks who circled right above us screaming one afternoon.
– used my fingers to figure out flower essence remedies for my mom and one of our horses.
i also set my intention at the beginning of january to bring more joyful movement into our lives. to this end in the last few weeks i have found tiny ways to move more and enjoy it more. one example: today coming in from the sandbox for lunch time instead of walking in and directing the kids to follow me, i started singing a little tune with no words (you know, doo doo da da da da da) and then doing this silly dancing around and spinning towards the house. both kids immediately jumped up to join me and we made our way in, more slowly but with joy and way more movement!
sorry this is a bit dull and list like but i wanted to share some of the ways i fit my practice into my life as a full time mama. if any of this was unclear or raised any questions at all please don’t hesitate to ask!
yours in ways to do woowoo