Losing It, for Love

Mamahhh Snuggle Bugs

Last night, not long after Mother Earth tipped her heart toward a season of light, my daughters slipped into bed with me. Through sleepy eyes, I read 2am on the clock. We easily went back to dreaming until the 7s, when daylight drew us from beneath the sheets. We lingered, waiting until there was less than an hour, less than a half-hour, until we absolutely had to burst forth into the morning. We were blossoms celebrating the first day of spring. With incredible efficiency, we moved through the first morning rituals. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the little one. Cheerios for the … [Read more...]

36 Hours of Radical Self-Care: A Ritual

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Every Sunday afternoon, I sit with a group of wonderful women to do the work of honoring each other’s lives, dreams, loves, and creations. We’re guided by womanspace founder Baraka Elihu and her book Birthing Ourselves into Being, which is a 12-month metaphorical experience of the birthing year. A lot of what I share here at Mamahhh.com is inspired by the experience I have in that wise woman circle. (And I will write more about women’s circles soon; I truly can’t imagine my life without that support!) This month, the wise woman “homework” was to enact a ritual that honors a “birth” I’ve … [Read more...]

Spiritual Progress, Please

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What do you wish to make progress on?” I wish to make progress on discovering spiritual rituals of connection and meaning for my family. I dabble at meditation. I found a little inspiration in picking up sticks earlier this week (and I did it again today!). Some egg visioning and decorating projects earlier this year hinted at meaningful moments that I'd like to repeat in the spring. Yoga is a regular practice for me, but not one that yet extends --consistently, anyway-- to my family. So I'm staying open, … [Read more...]

Spring Ritual: Technicolor Tie-Dyed Eggs

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Just a few weeks ago, our family was celebrating the sweetness of spring and enjoying Easter weekend, which was truly a gift this year. Our daughters, nearing 5 and 3, are waking up to ritual and traditions. So this spring, we celebrated the way life renews, with color bursting forth in the springtime, as though cells and stuffs and the Earth itself are deliriously grateful for a world in full bloom. The littles didn't quite say it that way, of course. Our version: technicolor tie-dyed eggs. After my daughter discovered an egg art project I’d done earlier this year, I promised her we’d make … [Read more...]