How to Bore the Children by Charles Eisenstein

“Here is how to make a child bored: first and foremost, keep him indoors so that the infinitude of nature, its endless variation and chaotic messiness is replaced by a finite, orderly, predictable realm. Second, through television and video games, habituate him to intense stimuli so that everything else seems boring by comparison. Third, eliminate as much as possible any unstructured time with other children, so that he loses his capacity for creative play and needs entertainment instead. Fourth, shorten his attention span with fast-paced programming, dumbed-down books, and frequent interruptions of his play. Fifth, hover over him whenever possible to stunt his self-trust and make him dependent on outside stimulation. Sixth, hurry him from activity to activity to create anxiety about time and eliminate the easy sense of timelessness native to the young.” Read Entire Article Here

After reading this article, I am reminded how I think the urge to shop/consume is a poor substitute for our urge to create. When I feel like shopping, I get out my craft basket or make a meal or write. The desire to shop disappears every single time. The author of this article also wrote one of my favorite heavy books, the Ascent of Humanity and I am currently reading his new release, Sacred Economics. He will be my guest on Front Porch Radio next wednesday. Here are more thoughts on children & education in a chapter called Back to Play.







So, you wanna have a painless childbirth?

It IS possible. I did it, I’ve met other women who have done it, and you can do it too! What makes a painless birth possible? Total lack of fear & deep trust in your body & self is the basic premise, getting to that state is the part that takes some deep work.

The essential elements of a painless birth (for me, anyway):

  1. Following the process outlined in the book Painless Childbirth
  2. Practicing self-hypnosis (I used Hypnobabies, but there are several programs out there)
  3. Being loved & supported, especially by my women friends
  4. A cooperative & well positioned baby

Today I had the opportunity to interview Giuditta Tournetta, author of Painless Childbirth (you can listen to that interview here) for an entire hour and we scratched the surface on the teachings that she will be bringing to Central Florida in September when she does a three day workshop for expectant parents & birth professionals. (For details on the workshop, please click here & tell your friends about it!) I’m stoked to be able to attend this with my gal Amber, who is due in early October.

The wisdom Giuditta has gathered through her years of doula work (and her own painless birth years ago) is of tremendous value to bringing the sacred back into birthing.  She correlates each stage of development in the womb with a chakra & basic human right. Her insights are illuminating, healing, unique and very accessible to those who desire a more conscious birth experience.

I hope to see lots of you at the workshop so we can bring this wisdom into our birthing practices in Central Florida. If you register before 9/20, you will get $50 off.

Sacred Birthing

I haven’t read this, but  wish I could! I’m gonna check the library on the off chance!

Sacred Birthing: Birthing A New Humanity” supports a baby’s whole being. By awakening to timeless spiritual wisdom, Sacred Birthing becomes a parent’s guide for protecting their baby’s consciousness as it moves from spirit to earth.

At the time of birth, in order for the soul to be most fully received as soul and body mesh, the baby-body must be in the most open posture emotionally and physically. This requires that mother is fully conscious in the process of giving birth and is not energetically depressed by the action of drugs, for this also depresses the baby-body’s vibration. If the baby-body is depressed, it is only able to accept that depressed equivalent of its soul vibration. This means the baby will spend a great part of his lifetime recouping the vibrational excellence that could have been his from the moment of birth.

Birth is of great significance to a baby’s entire life. Birth crystallizes a blueprint weighted either toward attaining the baby’s future potential or healing past karmic wounds. Parents can effect this by providing a birth that meets their baby’s deepest needs. Sacred Birthing is a description of ways that support this goal. It uniquely speaks to how a baby can be born without the ‘normal’ harm to the body/soul connection that results in the more difficult though typical life path.

via Sacred Birthing > Sacred Birthing Foundation > Birth Shop.

The Continuum Concept – Defined

Understanding The Continuum Concept

The Continuum Concept

The Continuum Concept

According to Jean Liedloff, the continuum concept is the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings — especially babies — require the kind of experience to which our species adapted during the long process of our evolution. For an infant, these include such experiences as…

* constant physical contact with his mother (or another familiar caregiver as needed) from birth;

* sleeping in his parents’ bed, in constant physical contact, until he leaves of his own volition (often about two years);

* breastfeeding “on cue” — nursing in response to his own body’s signals;

* being constantly carried in arms or otherwise in contact with someone, usually his mother, and allowed to observe (or nurse, or sleep) while the person carrying him goes about his or her business — until the infant begins creeping, then crawling on his own impulse, usually at six to eight months;

* having caregivers immediately respond to his signals (squirming, crying, etc.), without judgment, displeasure, or invalidation of his needs, yet showing no undue concern nor making him the constant center of attention;

* sensing (and fulfilling) his elders’ expectations that he is innately social and cooperative and has strong self-preservation instincts, and that he is welcome and worthy.

via The Continuum Concept – Defined.

Thoughts on Food

So, I’m fairly well informed about nutrition, as I do own an organic cafe geared towards healthy eating and all, so it’s been interesting looking at the information on nutrition during pregnancy. I’ve come to realize that a lot of the information about nutrition and relaxation and what to avoid toxicity wise, etc  is basically what everyone should be incorporating (or avoiding) into their lifestyle in general. I guess for most women, taking an interest in their wellness in a very conscious way might occur for the first time when they find themselves carrying a child for the first time, thus the emphasis and pregnancy diet (which is of utmost importance for baby’s sake, but should also be a priority for your sake even when you are NOT pregnant!).

I haven’t changed too much about the way I eat, other than correcting some existing bad habits such as eating more in in general (I often worked through meals and forgot to eat) and being more mindful during meal preparation and enjoyment. I have made efforts to include more greens and monitor my protein intake much more closely, but for the most part, I eat intuitively knowing I already have a firm foundation in what is healthy and nutritious for me and little one.

Alas, not everyone has this foundation, so I thought I might share my food philosophy with you, which mostly revolves around degrees of connection to people, place & nature’s cycles & intentions.

When we think about food we must ponder these questions: Who is the grower? Where was it grown? When was this grown and picked? Is this in season? What interference has this had from man in the form of chemicals, genetic manipulation, flavor “enhancers” like sugar and additives,or preparation methods that decrease the life force of the food? Were the life forms (people, animals, eco-sytem) involved in the production, manufacture and distribution treated fairly, respectfully and compassionately?

The most nutritious and delightful meal I could eat would involve a potluck dinner with friends that included food just picked out of each of our organic gardens. The garden selections would vary in color and variety, uniquely suited for the climate in my area, and harvested at the pinnacle of ripeness. These foods would be minimally prepared with love as over-seasoning or cooking would detract from the flavor bursting from nature. I would relish in the company, delight in the diversity of food my friends passionately grew for this special occasion, and the discussion would revolve around ooh’s and ahh’s as we each sampled the others harvest. It might include some farmers market or natural food store purchases like artisan organic tempeh, local raw goat cheese, fair trade organic rice and domestic organic olive oil and wine to round it out.

In some parts of the country, and in many parts of the world this is not just possible, it is a way of life. In Central Florida, where I live, we’ve got a little bit of work to do to make this an everyday reality, but we can still strive for this in our meal planning as we begin the important work of planting gardens in our backyards.

For a lot of people, including my idealistic self, making choices on a sliding scale that reaches upward is what we can ask. The closest I can get to the above scenario right now is the meal I eat weekly at the ROOTS booth at the Audubon Park Community Market which uses produce from the backyard farms of the small scale growers that bring their product to the market to sell. All meals are organic, vegan and loving made by people I know, and I am surrounded by my friends, local music is playing in the background and artisans are passionately bartering and selling their goods with the community. Or the vegan potlucks I attend which may not be homegrown or entirely organic, but are prepared with love and reflect the personalities of my diverse range of friends.

A shopping basket at your local health food store might contain bulk rice,  as much produce labeled local as you can enjoy in the next few days (make sure there is a variety of colors represented for maximum nutrition diversity), organic pasta & sauce, domestic red potatoes, a loaf of bread from the local bakery, a clove of garlic and a bar of organic fair trade chocolate, for the sweetness it brings to your life and those in the small women’s co-operative who grew & manufactured it.

Paying attention to proximity (to nature, to yourself, to time, to people, and most importantly to your own body & it’s reaction’s) can help guide your nutritional needs. Of course, books can help too, if you can find the good ones. Here are some of my favorite resources, some philosophical,  to guide you on your way.

Please feel free to add your comments and recommendations.