I've talked before about how becoming spiritually aware leads one to see things more clearly, both positive and negative, in the world. This dawning of awareness is not always easy to sustain without comment. This extends to the ways businesses conduct themselves, especially after you see how other business are able to handle the same situation. I recently had one such experience.
Children, boys or girls, shouldn't have to hug everyone in their family and should have complete control over their own personal space. How controversial! When you look at a child as a fully actualized human being from birth, with intrinsic worth equal to that of your own, you realize that they are not your trophy nor your puppet. They are not something or someone from which you should derive pride or your own self worth, and they are not there to put on a show or make other people feel good about themselves. Read More
Walking in spiritual awareness makes the world appear to be a different place than it was before. We see things more clearly, we hear our friends and family members more keenly. We understand ourselves on a deeper level. Read More
I live a happy, spiritually fulfilled life. I am a spirituality and parenting author and speaker who teaches about gratitude, unconditional love, and open communication. I share ways to raise spiritually open and aware children who will know how to love themselves and others, envisioning themselves as part of the greater whole, all while having a strong sense of their boundaries, desires, and ability to protect themselves from outside manipulation. I believe in the inner goodness of all human beings, I love without reservation, and I send wishes and blessings of peace, harmony, and well-being to every creature I meet. I meditate, connect with the Universal energy that I believe is in all of us, and feel the harmony of all that Is. I also happen to have had an autoimmune disease for over twenty years that limits my energy and my physical activities; but I haven’t let it stop my happiness. Read More
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. Read More
I had the joyous occasion to attend Dr. Shefali’s first annual Evolve: Conscious Parenting Summit last week. It was a wonderful moment --- okay a 3-day long “moment” --- for me to reassess and re-immerse myself in self-awareness. I think we all need that every once in a while, right? Anyway, one of my favorite conscious states is letting go of attachments to results. It is a mantra I have going, constantly, in my head: No attachment to results. I’ve had abundant opportunities to practice this mantra in the past year. It’s presented itself in my health, my finances, my housekeeping, my crafts, my holiday preparations, my writing, and yes, in my parenting! Read More
I wish every child would know, feel and believe the power of the words of this song to their core. Read More
(How a celebrity body-shaming piece led me to write this article).
In "The Marvelous Transformation: Living Well With Autoimmune Disease," I write about taking back control of our body image even when chronic illness continues to damage it. I ran across one of these body shaming articles this morning, directed at celebrities and the "worst examples" of aging and I got angry. Read More
Chronic illness can steal everything from a person. The ability to: move freely through the world, sleep, have a career, pursue their dreams, the chance to live pain-free, and the opportunity to have an active life.
People with chronic illness are not sheltered from reality. They know their lives have made a dramatic shift: The majority of them had full, happy, lives, prior to becoming sick. That means they are mourning much of the life they unwillingly lost, including the friends that decided it was too much work to maintain a friendship. I teach people to concentrate on the positives in their lives; to practice gratitude for the friendships that have survived because those people are their true friends. Read More
As attachment parents, my husband, Scott, and I have broken mainstream society's cardinal rule of parenting, our daughter has slept in our bed for, at least, some portion of most of her 3,532 nights on this planet. Read More
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. Read More
In conscious living, people work to move away from society’s penchant for competition and towards a more collaborative paradigm. One envisions the world as a place with enough necessities for all and all people being equal…in this model one tends to stop comparing, and striving to be more than, and/or feeling jealousy toward, others. This is the spiritual context in which I live (most days). Read More
Fatigue is a difficult concept to explain. People repeatedly attempt to paint a picture and yet nothing seems to rise to the level of its severity and effect on life. Fatigue is a physical, mental, and emotional phenomenon. It robs you of your ability to move, think, talk, and act. It causes you to miss out on life with your family. Read More
On Myositis Support and Understanding's website, we have talked before about the benefits of medical journaling and those are very important. Today we want to encourage you to consider journaling as a mental and emotional exercise of healing. Read More
Benefits of authentic writing:
Can’t hide from your truth
A great outlet, Get your emotions out
Explore details you may have missed
Seeing the sum total of your experience, good and bad, puts it into perspective
Sharing and helping others gives you purpose Read More
OCTOBER 10, 2015 - Come meet Emily and learn about all of her books! Read More
NOVEMBER 14, 2015
On November 14, 2015, Emily and Beautiful Day Publishing present With My Child: An Alternative Parenting and Education Gathering at F.LO.A.T. in cooperation with Rest Bodywork, Good4theSol, and Scott Filmore, Esq. Come join us for a multidimensional parenting workshop. More details coming soon. Read More
Emily is honored to announce that she will be joining Neale Donald Walsch, Laurie Lankins Farley, Mallika Chopra, Ellie Knaus, Bianca Kajlich AtomicMoms, Suzi Kesler Lula & Susan Stiffelman at Dr. Shefali's 3-Day Parenting Intensive Workshop in December (12/4-12/6). You may know Dr. Shefali from her appearances on Oprah's OWN Network! Read More
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. Read More
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.