Poise, Paws, Pause: Blogging Again!

March 18, 2014

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In the last while a few moments have been full of WIN:

  • making my own soap

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  • starting blogging again 🙂
  •  going out with some activist friends for some good eats and drinks
  • a kitten named Marble (My Son)

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In an attempt to combine the last few things (except the cat) I turned a word vomit post into a more refined blog post for momsrising.org, which I am nervous about.  It’s personal and about education, where I use my personal experiences with my daughter to criticize our addiction to standards.  Please let us not also standardize preschool. I’m not sure if I should include the ADHD/ Sensory Processing issues I think run in my family. Enough of that.

I need to get back on the meditation wagon. Ten minutes seems like forever, yet I used to be able to do 30.

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3 Keys to Being Happy, No Matter What Happens

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Warrior Wednesday: Mother Warrior

August 8, 2012

“The way of a warrior is based on humanity, love, and sincerity; the heart of martial valor is true bravery, wisdom, love, and friendship. Emphasis on the physical aspects of warriorship is futile, for the power of the body is always limited. ~The Art of Peace p59

I think this pic goes great along side my poem Warrior Queen. I might try and expand or revise it some. I wrote some poetry as a gratitude exercise yesterday. The Literacy Through Photography class last week really has me wanting to write more poetry.

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Links I Like

Mindful Self-Compassion for Kids

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (Book Listing)

Antidotes to Anxiety-manage anxiety with humor


Warrior Wednesday: MIC

June 20, 2012

Soldiering on inside the Motherhood Industrial Complex (MIC). <It really brings new meaning to Mic Check> I got some good data yesterday to fuel a non-profit idea my neighbors and I are working on. Many thanks to the Push Out Prevention Project and Jason! My positive from yesterday was that I meditated for at least a half hour. I did skip karate when I thought I was going to go but I finished a massive grocery shopping trip during that time.


Poise, Paws, and Pause

June 19, 2012

Following Scattermom’s How to Laugh at Yourself series beginning, I thought I would write a post just like that. Next, I thought of the mess that was my last ‘laugh at yourself’ moment; it was also a ‘if I don’t laugh, I will cry’ moment. <punctuation is hard> Luckily, it was followed by a rather cleansing laugh at yourself moment…which was me wishing my dad Happy Birthday on Father’s Day! Oh, it was memorable. Later he called to make plans for our trip and I got to wish him Happy Birthday again! Plans, are hard to make for the technologically and memory challenged.

My laugh at myself moments are becoming overwhelmingly glaring. And, I have been skipping some meditation times. I keep telling myself it is because of the summer schedule, but I’m becoming so aware of how not here I am most of the time. And even when I am here, It is difficult to position myself in a way to respond most appropriately to a situation—–Pause.

My new series will be called Poise, Paws, and Pause. This is a title I came up with while taking my class in Principles and Practices of Mindful Leadership at The Center for Mindful Inquiry. <I think I may sign up for their new class Compassionate Action in Education.>

As a result of this class I installed a Mindfulness Bell on my Android and have it set to go off once an hour. I have noticed that a few times while I was surfing I was very annoyed and turned the bell off. <hyperfocus?!?! Oh, the ADHD paradox> Now, I’ve successfully talked myself into taking a moment to breathe no matter what I am doing.

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Martin Seligman on Positive Psychology


FTY: Happy Birthday to Me!

September 22, 2011

Some projects I’ve been contemplating and/or working on in FTY: Warrior Spirit that I have finished…(I am celebrating ME today!)

I got my red stripe!

This means I am getting ready to test for my Gold belt!

And I finally made a simple dress for the kiddo! I decided to buy a pattern instead of doing the wrap dress because it was a bit too small. This pattern only cost $2.99. And I have plans to make it out of a $2.99 purple sheet I bought at Goodwill. In the picture, the ruffle came from a sheet I found at a rave over ten years ago and the rest of the dress fabric I bought at Joanne’s.

kiddo's kitteh dress

Quick add/edit: Check out these signs the police took from the protesters occupying wallstreet


FTY: The Muppets

June 10, 2011

Orignially this post was going to consist mainly of the “SouthPark Test” which is analogous to The Daughter Test they have been writing about over at Feministe. Instead of flogging myself for failing the “SouthPark Good Parenting Test”, because I caught kiddo watching almost a whole hour of South Park. <<<While I snoozed and dear Kryten took his “I got clocked @89 mph but was framed” defense and safe driving class to show the judge “I am a good driver certificate”>>>. <My younger judgemental teacher self head would have almost exploded upon hearing eight year olds watched SouthPark.>

Instead I bring to you Muppets!

From Mindful.org: Embrace the Monster in the Mirror

Our furry old pal Grover’s got good advice for us all.

Here’s a little Friday fun for the young and the young at heart.

About this Sesame Street video, Scientific Mindfulness blogger Brian Thompson, PhD writes, “I discovered this Sesame Street clip after a therapist posted it on a professional listserv. As the poster noted, it’s a clever illustration of the ease that can come from accepting parts of us that we experience judgment towards.”


Resting in Silliness

April 21, 2011

This post is brought to you by the letter K.

K for karate…we have 45 minutes until we have to leave for it. My challenge is to write this post and let it go. Can I do it?

thought #1: It has been interesting to try and observe my mind with out my add meds due to the current shortage. Here’s how meditation went in my brain:

Listening to Guided Meditation/ Yoga Nidra Resting in Stillness mp3, hearing his voice……………

<%^&%^^&% insert static noise here *&^^*&^>Brain totally tuned out mp3.

“Mommy, I want……” hold on dear. Take care of kiddo need # 5,986,557.

OK, sit back down turn on mp3 player fuss with the thing start it again, even though I didn’t mean to. Feel slightly guilty because Kid is watching TV and I just took a shower and am now starting on attempting meditation for the 2nd time today.

Hear yoga dude’s voice again. <^%$&^5 more static (*&^%%^7> totally tuned out

During my second attempt at the body sensing portion, the whole right side of my body had a wierd swollen- huge feeling but you know it is just the medicine messing with your body. Except I haven’t had my meds. Wierd.

Dottie (my cat) headbutts me and purrs next to me. Pet the kitty and get up without finishing the meditation. The two attempts were good enough.

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Activities kiddo and I did in the last few days.

Put together three new and different puzzles. Totally jazzed we did this together.

Baked a cake.

Played playdoh.

Played Gcompris mouse manipulation games


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