Parenting Children for Unconditional Self-Love

An easy exercise that you can do with a journal and crayons, markers, or colored pencils and your child will feel cherished, filled up, and reminded of Who They Really Are. Remembering and embracing Who You Really Are is crucial, it is the main ingredient in having Unconditional Self-Love.

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Conversations with God teaches, “There is no such thing as right and wrong,” no sin or soul’s punishment for anything we do, because we have perfect free will and are all indivisible, yet differentiated parts of the Divine. For many, being one with God means that they choose to personify love and light in the world. Even without fear of punishment, they have decided not to hurt others because “We are all one,” and in hurting another, they know they hurt themselves.  

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Choosing consciousness over convenience

For me, it's very important to remain conscious in all of my decisions, so I try not to make blanket statements such as the one in the school's posting (read one article explaining the rationale here) because it takes the consciousness out of the individual decision-making in a potential situation.

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Yet another thing stolen from me by bicycle

A message for my friends with chronic illnesses

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Parenting, spirituality, and competitive athletes

The last thing I ever thought I would be, as I meditated and yoga-ed my way through pregnancy, was a competitive athlete’s mom. But part of being a conscious, aware, attached, and spiritual parent is listening to the soul's yearnings of your child - and my daughter, and her soul, proclaimed loud and clear: "I want to be a figure skater." Before she ever thought I would strap a pair of blades to her feet she was "skating" across the bare floors of our home in makeshift skates of socks, empty tissue boxes, and anything else that would slide; whether I thought it was safe or not! 

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The Difference between Real Love and Illusionary [l]ove

A poem inspired by an interaction Emily had with her nine year old daughter. In it, she watched her daughter's eyes go dewy over a "romantic" song about pining for an unattainable relationship. Emily hopes to help others shatter the illusion of what we should be searching for in relationships.

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Powerful by Empire (ft. Alicia Keys and Jussie Smollett) should be every family's anthem

I wish every child would know, feel and believe the power of the words of this song to their core.

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My Spirituality and Parenting are Inseparable

For me, spiritual parenting means raising aware children who view themselves as part of the whole of humanity, who recognize that we are all one, and that everything we do affects others. It means being conscious of how our actions as parents affect the inner landscapes of our children. It means helping children be humans who want to better the world, who care about others, have empathy and are kind, and understand that actions have natural consequences both positive and negative.

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It’s too dark! The walls are closing in! I can’t breathe! I can’t sit still! Get me outta here! These are the thoughts I expected to have when I encountered my first F.LO.A.T. last night because I have lived most of my life with claustrophobia.

Instead, I found the warm embrace of perfectly calibrated water, warm and silky to the touch, buoyant (even more than I had imagined), and a feeling of complete safety.

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Hi, I’m Sage and I am nine years old. My mommy has dermatomyositis. I have a list about the best and suckiest things about having a mommy with Myositis.

1. What is the suckiest thing about my mommy’s disease?

Having her stay in bed all day because of her pain, migraines, and tiredness.

What is the best thing about her disease?

Being able to stay home, cuddle, and not be running around all the time...

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One of the most common topics of concern for the women in our support groups involves pregnancy. People want to know the effects of Myositis on pregnancy, if Myositis affects a patient’s ability to conceive and what effects pregnancy has on Myositis.

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Confessions of a Myositis Mom

If you are a parent with Myositis you might recognize bits of your own story in the following.

I spend at least an hour per day, five days a week at the Ice Rink watching my daughter skate. She and her coach have plans, of which my husband and I are only, tangentially a part (paying skating and coaching fees, driving, and volunteering for the team). I spend my rink time chatting with other parents, resting in the stands, working on my writing, and yes, watching my little ice princess skate. I also spend that time bundling up, covering up, and drinking hot drinks; anything I can think of to stay warm and fight off Raynaud’s Syndrome. The very act of walking into the rink toting all of her gear is enough to wear me out. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone into the bathroom to cry after she took to the ice because I couldn’t tie her skates, couldn’t lift her bag out of the car, or was so incredibly tired and in so much pain that I resented being there.

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SHARING YOUR TRUE SELF: Do you hesitate to share the truth about your spirituality?

It’s a classic parenting situation. You visit a quaint little coffee shop for story time. Another mom or dad walks in and sits next to you while his or her child begins to play with yours. One of you, it doesn’t matter who, strikes up a conversation and after a few moments of small talk you begin to find many commonalities. By the end, phone numbers are exchanged and playdates arranged. We all know the thrill of finding a new friend on the desert island of parenting, especially if you are a stay-at-home parent who doesn’t get much adult interaction. 

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I just finished watching the 2011 documentary, Happy. It examines the happiness levels of people across many different cultures: from the slums of India, to the bush of Africa, to the beaches of Brazil, to the city streets of industrialized world. Along the way it seems to discover that feeling gratitude, compassion, connection to others, responsibility toward the earth and helping others are some main ingredients to happiness. This film was rich with ideas that can apply to parenting in the new spirituality and I thought I would touch on a couple of them here to open our minds and hearts a little to help our children find their own internal happiness.   

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We have done a "great" job of teaching our daughter about the three R's of caring for the environment. She has become especially attached to the REUSE portion of the cycle. As a consequence, she won't throw anything away. Scraps of felt, paper towel rolls, construction paper, boxes from greetings cards, plastic packaging from toys…I guess I should be happy, but my house might be featured someday on an episode of Hoarders. Look for me; I'll be lost in the pile of felt clippings. Fortunately, we have begun putting these treasures to use. 

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It used to be so easy to define one's beliefs. You could easily identify them by affiliation: "I am Catholic (Lutheran, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, etc.)." Further, once you ascribed to a religious doctrine, your way of life was set out for you based on the spiritual practices, traditions, understanding of the afterlife, and notions of life purpose, as well as your ideas about the type of relationship humans share with your religion's deity.

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Have you ever watched a young child look in the mirror? They are mesmerized with what they see! They make goofy faces, smile and giggle…but you do not see them looking at themselves with criticism or derision. You don't hear many four year olds say my "nose is too big," or "my eyes are too narrow." Children do not learn these concepts until other people teach them to feel that way about themselves.    

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it…Love Is All There Is and There Is Enough! Let's see if these two concepts can be combined into: There Is Enough Love For Everyone! Society teaches competition at every level, including love. Children are even taught, through concepts like sibling rivalry, that parental love is limited, will be rationed, and is something for which to be fought.     

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