Women’s Spring Renewal Retreat CONTEST!

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Enter for your chance to win an afternoon of bliss! The Women's Spring Renewal Retreat Be Beautifully You! Saturday April 12 from 1pm - 5pm at the Whole Woman Wellness Center in Saint Joseph TN. That's Farm midwife Stacie Smith-Hunt's awesome new center for women! Here's your chance to be there for FREE! Help spread the word on twitter and facebook --all the details are in the Rafflecopter widget below!-- and we'll give you bonus entries so you have even more chances to win this afternoon of soul-satisfying bliss! a Rafflecopter giveaway We're so excited to spend a sweet … [Read more...]

Parenting Aspirations

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On the advice of a friend, I’ve been reading Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by  John and Myla Kabat-Zinn. Early in the book, John describes a homecoming with his college-aged son. One passage quickened my pulse and clarified my parenting aspirations: Someday, I want a moment like THIS …   “First child off at college freshman year, arrives home 1:30 A.M. for Thanksgiving, driven by a friend. When he had called earlier to say he would not make it home from dinner as we had hoped, we were all disappointed, and for a few moments there had been more than a … [Read more...]

How to Meditate

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My friend Laura visited for a couple days this week, and she reminded me of something I experienced a few months ago: Meditation practice is simple. I got that message from Zen priest Karen Maezen Miller, too, in her blog post “A Glimpse of Mindfulness.” Laura said she’s been meditating for about 15 minutes each day, and lately, she’s noticed that she’s longing for even more time in meditation. That was all the reminder I needed. A few months ago, I set a pretty-sounding alarm on my phone for just 5 minutes. I put my bum in a chair, feet on the floor, my hands in my lap, my spine up … [Read more...]

Get Grounded

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Stand up. Feel your feet. Press down through the outer edges of your feet. Lift your arches. Spread your toes. Lightly lift your toes. Feel your hips over your heels. Anchor your tailbone lightly toward the earth. Snuggle your belly button toward your spine. Spread your ribs as you breathe. Soften your shoulders, neck, and jaw. Soften your gaze. "Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." ~Mary Oliver   photo credit | all rights reserved | Jennifer Derryberry Mann www.mamahhh.com … [Read more...]

7 Days of Self-Care: Day 7

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This week, unwrap the gift of 35 ways to experience and appreciate self-care. Sometimes self-care is big, like spa day or date night. More often, it’s a state of mind that embraces you and centers you in compassion. Sometimes self-care requires a little planning. Other times, you simply need acknowledge the goddess that is *you* in the moment. Come back to your center, beloved. Remember that you are enough, just as you are, the crown Mama jewel.   “Self-care is the development of your highest self.” ~ Rachel Harris, PhD, author of 20-Minute Retreats: Revive Yourself in Just Minutes a … [Read more...]