Four Simple Ways to Honor Spirit in Baby’s First Year

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By Thekla Richter  Finding time to nurture your connection with divinity might seem laughable when you are so busy nurturing your newborn and struggling through the most basic aspects of day-to-day life. Yet, at the same time, if you were supported by spiritual practice before you had your baby, giving up that path entirely can leave a huge void in your life that you feel deeply even through your haze of exhaustion.The good news is that tending your spirit and connecting with the … [Read more...]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

“Blessed be all the mothers of mothers. Blessed be all the daughters of daughters. Blessed be all the daughters of mothers. Blessed be all the mothers of daughters. Now and forever, wherever we are.” –Diann L. Neu In Uganda there is a special word that means "mother of a newborn"--nakawere. According to the book Mothering the New Mother, "this word and the special treatment that goes with it apply to a woman following every birth, not only the first one. The massages, the foods, the care, 't … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Finding calm in the storm of parenting

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. Parenting, distraction, prayer, nurture, self-care, and stillness... "This is the real challenge of our spiritual lives as parents: to take our distracting thoughts, not to mention the distracting nursing, dressing, schoolwork, sibling fights, family vacations, baths, stories, meetings, and bedtimes, and make of them the prayers that are our lives." - Rabbi Nancy … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Liminal

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. Liminality, journey, birth, transformation... "Pregnancy is one long liminal stage, a transformation that yields a shift into a new role." - Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Pagan Pregnancy"We are always on a journey from darkness into light. At first, we are children if the darkness. Your body and your face … [Read more...]

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Cesarean awareness month

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April has been Cesarean Awareness Month. Why is there an awareness campaign for a common medical procedure? Because it's way too common!The World Health Organization (WHO) and medical studies agree that the best outcomes happen in places where the cesarean rate is 5 - 10%, but in the U.S. nearly 1 in 3 mothers delivers by cesarean. That's cause for alarm.It's important to understand that this crisis is not caused by mothers in any way. Researchers have identified several causes within … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Cycles

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. Mandalas, cycles, birth and death, seasons, tides, an unfolding life... "Your life is also a mandala. In each year, you complete a cycle, a mandala, with you at its center and around which revolves that year's events and experiences. Elongating that cycle, we see the mandala that is your life, which … [Read more...]

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Enoughness

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 “We don’t think ourselves into a new way of living; we live ourselves into a new way of thinking.” –Richard Rohr (quoted in More or Less) Resting and reading and nursing the child, trying to figure out enoughness. This sentence was the tagline on my long-ago first blog. I’ve been dancing with enoughness since I was a child. I was raised in a family that embraced voluntary simplicity and being “downwardly mobile,” a long time before there were organized groups promoting these types of intentiona … [Read more...]

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Track your cycles

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Since Molly wrote about the benefit to paying close attention to the rhythms of her cycle, I wanted to share some practical resources for getting started.First, Taking Charge of Your Fertility is the best book I know on the subject. It can teach you how your cycle works, how to use evidence like basal body temperature and cervical fluid changes to get a really good understanding of your personal cycle, and how to implement that knowledge for birth control or pregnancy achievement.To put … [Read more...]

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