Welcome to the July Mindful Mama Carnival: Mindfulness and Nature
This post was written for inclusion in the Mindful Mama Carnival hosted by Becoming Crunchy and TouchstoneZ. This month our participants have shared their experiences of mindfulness and the natural world. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
My life is full. Most of the time I am tremendously grateful for this fact, AND being a mother, a wife, a business owner, a blogger, and in charge of most of the household chores can leave me feeling overwhelmed and depleted.
The past few months have been particularly challenging due to some disappointments with the business and some shifting energies in our household. There is nothing tragic to report ~~ I understand that, and I don’t take that for granted. For me, though, it has been a time of trying to come back to a place of feeling grounded, being healthy and having faith.
I am fortunate to have some amazing women in my life that can help point me in the direction of healing when I need it.
A few weeks back, I was speaking with my dear, angel-guided friend, Kiya, who suggested that I take some time for myself. The specific recommendation was to go the beach, lay in the sand and allow the earth to receive my worries and the sun to fill me back up. I took that advice and felt an immediate shift in my being the very first day.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, and I was visiting an amazing energy-healer, Wendy McKenna, who was in support of my decision to take on a Reboot (a specific cleanse) to help reset my physical being. I went through the Classic Reboot program (which was 22 days in total,) which basically got me onto a plant-based diet for those days, and it continues to be what I am drawn to. What I read during that time was that plant-based diets are nourishing your body with the energy of the sun! Concepts like this can be a little hard for me to wrap my head around, but when I went back to Wendy for a follow-up visit and she reiterated that my body was LOVING the change in my diet, and that a place of refuge for me is in the sun(!) it all seemed to make sense to me!
I am a person that does really well when I am paying attention to how I am treating myself on multiple levels. This means I need to be conscious of the food I eat, the thoughts that I allow to dwell in my head, the amount of movement I give my body. So I am currently being mindful of all of these aspects and noticing that I am most happy when I am hiking up a hill, swimming outdoors or just taking walks. The movement combined with the fresh air and sunshine are healing to me – body, mind and soul.
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction has found a connection to nature in her very own backyard, thanks to her chickens.
- Healing Gemstones and Crystals for Children Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses which genstones and crystals are best used by children to support physical, emotional, and/or spiritual healing.
- A Gardener’s Meditation Andrea at Tales of Goodness shares how she finds peace and renewal through gardening.
- Weeding My Thoughts Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro discusses how nature keeps her in the moment and stops her endless stream of thoughts.
- Grounded in Nature Rani at OmSheSaid shares her walk in nature, and through expressive words, shares this journey to coming home.
- Embracing the Magic of Moonlit Nights Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares ways to embrace the magic of moonlit nights with your children and as a woman.
- Meditation for a Mindful Mama Alinka at Baby Web guides you through her research on the science of meditation, its numerous benefits, and presents to you a life changing meditation exercise.
- The Wild Within Naturemummy at Motherhood: My Latest Adventure reflects on the soothing qualities of wild places.
- Nature’s Lessons in Mindfulness Tat at Mum in Search wants to bring the same mindfulness that comes so easily in nature to her relationships.
- On Manicured Nature: We Roam in Small Spaces Featherstory at The Aniweda Dream shares her gratitude for her limited natural settings and her plans to expand her children’s experience with the natural world.
- Garden (Time Out) Meditation Do you ever need a time out for yourself? Amy at Anktangle finds that during a difficult parenting moment, taking pause to spend a few minutes outside is just the thing she needs to be able to experience renewed patience, focus, and energy.
- Nature Makes Me a Better Mother Terri at Child of the Nature Isle could not imagine parenting without Mother Nature.
- Natural Renewal Karen at Playful Planet shares her experiences of reneweal in the natural world.
- Natural History Kenna at A Million Tiny Things gets out into nature, 200 years ago, and isn’t sure she likes it there.
- Nurtured by Nature Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares with us how being in nature helps her feel centered and connected.
- Mindfulness and Nature Zoie at TouchstoneZ explores the connection between mindfulness and the natural world.
- A Sense of Awe and Wonder Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shares the feeling she never fails to get from the natural world and how it guides her to the mindfulness she craves.