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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Why I walked out of a restaurant and why you should too: advocating for safer food through your dollars

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.

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The importance of children having complete domain over their own bodies

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.

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How spiritual awareness inevitably leads to kindness

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.

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The Presumptiveness of Health Privilege in Spirituality

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.

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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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No attachment to results…what does that mean in conscious parenting?

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!

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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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The three parts of me: body, mind, and soul enjoy a little wake-up call

(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.

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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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My disease is worse than your disease: Why comparing our struggles damages us all

 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).

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What does fatigue feel like to you?​ The difficult job of describing fatigue

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.

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Unexpected Benefits of Writing about My Autoimmune Disease

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

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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 BodyworkGood4theSol, and Scott Filmore, Esq. Come join us for a multidimensional parenting workshop. More details coming soon.

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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!

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