It's about time.
A yogimommi does not need to spend hours practicing downward dogs and handstands. She does not necessarily do sun salutations, refuse to eat “anything that had a face”, drink green smoothies, or tend to an organic garden. She is not required to sit for hours in meditation, to chant “om”, to shun deodorant, only wear organic cotton, use cloth diapers or insist to everyone that she is a “child of mother nature”. Perhaps she isn’t even a “mom” in the “traditional” sense of the word.
A yogimommi does know she is a soul. She knows that soul is part of something so great it can never truly be fathomed. She does listen to her heart and deep down, have love, compassion, appreciation and respect, for all beings. She does have the desire and/or try to practice being healthy and happy, and knows that this is essential if she is to live and give her very best to those she holds most dear. She acknowledges challenges, as the blessing that they are, and chooses to turn them into something amazing. She knows that if she truly listens, she will hear her calling and if she answers, her life will be all it is mean to be. She knows that at the end of the day, to be a mommi, to just be herself, to be content with what she is and all she has, is the greatest gift of all. That in all the noise and chaos, often the only thing required, is to breathe and be grateful.
I write this blog to share. In my journey of self study thus far, I have discovered so much it’s difficult to know where to begin. Hence the fact I have about four entries worth of writing in my attempt to figure out what I need to tell you I’m all “about”. Truthfully, I am well into this blogging effort without ever really getting to this post. With each layer I peel away, I realize, those layers are infinite. I also realize that while the ups and downs will always be, if we choose to learn from it all, life just really does just keep getting better. Writing this blog is also something I have for myself that I know will make me a better mother and all around person. When I started it all, it was and still is, simply something I felt called to do. A few personal details… I am a proud Canadian, small town, island girl from the east coast where I grew up blessed with amazing parents, the oldest in a family of five. I have been a lost soul living in the big city, turned passionate wellness professional in a stressed out world. I have quit a job I loved because a voice told me I was meant for something, somewhere, else. I became a yoga teacher with a side of zumba instructor just as that same voice told me I would, and now I am here, living in a little prairie town with my loves, a self proclaimed student of life. I am a mommi to one devastatingly handsome little boy, wife to my high school sweetheart (after over a decade hiatus… check out that story if you like, I must say it is a gooder). I adore my life and everyone that has touched it. I do my best to be grateful for each and every moment and know in my heart, that in helping others I help myself and that if I just believe in myself, the possibilities are endless.
As for this “yogimommi”, I do do my best to practice yoga and meditation regularly, but more importantly, I do my very best to take my practice off the mat and into ever corner of my life. I do practice downward dog frequently and am working on handstands I do meditate and chant “om” sometimes. I love green smoothies but I have yet to adopt a fully vegetarian/vegan diet although meat rarely finds it way into my belly. Despite feeling much better when eating a balanced vegan diet, I am not sure I can ever entirely give up greek yogurt and cheese. I do have intentions to share more how’s and why’s along with my culinary adventures because I love food and I have finally established a good relationship with it after years of… well, not so much .I have yet to plant a garden, however I do sometimes grow herbs on my kitchen windowsill I do buy organic and as local as possible. I do not use cloth diapers even though it was my intention when my son was born… oh those good intentions. I LOVE NATURE. Being in it as well as photographing it, along with those people, animals and random things that fill my life with wonder. I have been referred to as “creative” and intend to do my best to nurture this part of me since it’s just feels so darn good to be crafty! Oh and I do wear deodorant
Some other topics I’m hoping to delve into more include… my own yoga and meditation practice and how I fit them into life with a busy toddler, as well as my experiences as a teacher and student. How the little things we can do to live more consciously make a big impact and how important I feel it is to be setting the example for children to help them grow into self aware and self assured, loving and compassionate individuals. How to educate our children about nutrition and encourage them to adopt active lifestyles. Clearly this requires educating ourselves and again, setting the example, so I’m really hoping to get a dialogue going on how we can accomplish this along with finding ways to fit a few minutes of “self care here and there”, into our busy lives. That said, PLEASE COMMENT if you read anything that prompts you to do so. Do not hesitate, even if it’s not exactly inline with what I suggest. We are all entitled to our opinions and different things will always work for different people. What we need to be doing is having these conversations with open hearts and minds and asking ourselves why we get so riled when someone challenges us. We are suppose to see things differently and realizing this ties into honoring the gifts we were blessed with as individuals and remembering how those gifts are meant to be shared. It is pertinent that we realize how the fate of the world truly does rest in us accepting, respecting and making peace, with our respective differences. We are undoubtably all connected and our underlying purpose, our ultimate goal, should be a common one.
There is a shift in consciousness occurring. It is becoming more apparent if we can all just find some way to be a little happier, to fit a little more peace and calm into our lives, to get to know who we truly are, it will be that much easier to see the greatness that is in each and every one of us. If we can recognize that greatness as part of a whole, well then we’d be off to the races wouldn’t we? In my experience it feels as though this is so often overlooked. Truly it may be the element missing for so many, particularly in their quest for a healthy lifestyle. There is no shortage of information about how to be “healthy”, no question about what we should or should not eat or if we should exercise. There are loads of options, methods, and activities available virtually for free. Oodles of suggestion on how to manage and fit self care into our hectic lives. On that note, I get how it can be confusing to sort through, however as the sayings go, “you never know unless you try” and “if something isn’t working for you, DO SOMETHING ELSE.”. Look around and there is always an option, an answer to be found and perhaps that’s the problem. So many of us are busy searching high and low for the “answer”, that we’ve neglected to look within to find the truth.
I am a yogimommi and this is my story.
Thank you for being part of it.
Much love and light
Rebecca, aka b.
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