Archives for August 2008

How to Tap Into Source

There’s a watercolor that hangs in my mom’s dining room. Flowers. Really beautiful. I first spotted it on a trip home and was immediately drawn to it. I had just graduated from an art program in Chicago. I had studied with James Yood, the art critic. So I was intrigued by this little painting’s technical execution and something else — it’s spirit. So as I stood staring at it, my mom walks up and says, “I love that painting you did. I think you were eight or nine.”

Wha?!

Have you ever started a creative project, lost time in it, and looked down later to see something has blossomed as if all on it’s own? While you were off daydreaming, this perfectly formed image or blog post dripped from your fingertips. Then you, like me, have experienced the magic of pure creation. Reflecting back on that painting, I vaguely remember the feeling of being there and observing my hands as they dipped brush into gooey pots of paint. It was exactly the same in art school. It was as if I woke up one morning in the spring of my senior year with a stack of lithographs that emerged from last night’s dream. Each one, a souvenir of something magical that had transpired. And so it was as a designer… after days of ruminating over a client’s “problem,” filling pages with sketches, moving typographic elements and images on my screen… after my problem-solving brain surrendered in frustration, then the creative dance truly began.

That’s when Spirit flowed… sometimes late into the night when although tired, I would beg my body to stay up for just one more layout because I, more than anyone else, wanted the thrill of surprise — of seeing what would reveal itself! I was the Witness.

And so it is as I write for My Mommy Manual. Or create presentations or workshop material. Or as I listen to moms, coaching them through a dilemma or helping them through a decision. Just as an image flows from my brush, so the words flow from my soul to theirs. Wow! It’s so magical and yet so natural — this thing, this connection between women. And every time, I am so humbled to be the Witness as Spirit moves.

Practical Mommy is Ria Sharon, co-creator of the Yoga Parenting course. Are you ready for parenting to be easier, more fun and less stressful?

How to Massage Your Baby

… and change the world!

How would you like a massage every day of your life, given to you by someone you love and trust more than anyone else in the world? Would it make you a better person…a healthier and happier individual? Yes, in fact, it would, according to not only me (a big fan of massage) but a wide range of researchers. Alas, for most people, including yours truly…this is no more than a fantasy. A good fantasy, mind you…daily massage…someone I love…goodbye stress…hello healthy me…aughhh…reality check…hello?…who has the time?…the money? But if I were a baby…now there’s an idea worth exploring. [Read more…]

How to Save on Baby Room Ideas

According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, baby nurseries are a $7.3 billion industry. Jamila Robinson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that new parents spend $5,000-$15,000 turning their baby room ideas into reality. And this is for a room that will be used for 18 hours a day for sleep… At least, this is what new parents are hoping!

You might was well get used to sticker shock because having a baby means you’ll be adding line items to your Quicken account that you’ve never considered before! Yes… like “diapers.” But the upfront expense of setting up a comfortable and functional nursery does not have to put you in the poorhouse. Leave that to your little sweet pea’s college fund! Here are some great ways for you to pay below typical retail prices on the nursery essentials. [Read more…]