So inspired by my child’s “no-waste” preschool, I decided to take on a project with a friend. As gracious as she is, she invited me to bring a large fabric piece and she would provide the beeswax to make the coolest-ever food wraps. We took turns grating the beeswax into a bowl. After laying out flat my fabric on a cookie sheet I sprinkled on the waxy goodness. Ten minutes later, I removed the sheet and the fabric. It dried in seconds. My fabric was big enough to make three individual wraps. I customized one with a button and cord, another with velcro and the third is just a free-form spirit to be molded however I see fit. Here’s a cool tutorial: http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/beeswax-fabric-food-wrap/
Super simple and adorable.
This morning one of my yoga clients at Swell: Santa Barbara Athletic Club came up to me after yoga and disclosed that she would be having major surgery next week. She told me she was disheartened with the idea that she would not be able to do yoga or really anything for six weeks. Six weeks she exclaimed. I can’t imagine not doing yoga or anything at Swell: Santa Barbara Athletic Club for the entire month and a half!
My heart went out to her. I thrive on being active too. But this is probably why I also love yoga. It has been a way for me to slow down, connect and often just breathe! There are days when I am rushing to get the kids ready in the morning and head to yoga … let’s just say things are not always easy getting a 3 year old and a 6 year old out the door. But then I get to yoga and breathe and teach and breath (most of the time I am not really doing postures, I am assisting others but the outcome is still the same at the end of the class = total bliss). Now that is always my reminder that life is good. I just needed to take a deep breath!
I then said, “what about breath work?”
She questioned, “you mean pranayama?”
“Yes!” I said.
From the tone of her voice this had not occurred to her.
There is more to yoga than chaturanga push ups, down dogs, and sun salutations. All of these are asanas, and asanas make up one of the eight limbs of yoga. Pranayama often accompanies yoga postures or asanas and can be a great tool to help us find our breath in the moment. But we don’t need to practice asanas to find our breath. We can can simply take a deep inhale and exhale where ever we are. While we are there, we can connect to the presence. Let go of thoughts, ideas, to do lists. For my client. Let go of what has been or what is ahead. Simply breathe in the here and now. While we are there we can even practice dhyana, or simply mediating. Sometimes this seems a little too much. Too time consuming. But it can start out small. One minute. Five minutes. Of breath, of meditation. Of slowing down and simply embracing the moment. It can grow into longer bouts or simply stay with that.
For me, yoga is about learning to move through life as if I were in a yoga class all day long. Just breathe. Just be. Learn to let go and find presence. This is life in progress. And it’s so worth it. I am a happier soul when I live my yoga. When I take deep inhales and exhales. How about you? How do you live your life? What helps you to be present and embrace curve balls that life throws you?
Be well, Emma
My daughter, during a trip to Trader Joe’s during which she insisted on carrying her Baby Guy in a “moby” wrap. She’s done this several times and each time we get lots of comments, the likes of “how cute!”, “omg, she’s carrying her baby in a wrap!”, etc. The simple fact that so many people recognize this method of moving the baby around is telling of our city, and maybe our time…? This, for me, was the preferred method of transporting my daughter to and fro for quite a while: around the house, in the garden, from the car to the store – you get the idea. All the research I did told me that carrying the baby close to you, in a carrier or wrap, was a common tool of an attachment parent. It’s supposed to help with the bonding process, too, of both parents to baby. Needless to say, the wrap and carrier were staples in our House of Infant.
Gertrude Stein once said, “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” I found myself wondering what this may look like in today’s digital world. My mind immediately led me to the day I witnessed two teenage boys walking side by side, both wearing headphones connected to a digital device – and not saying a word to each other. Did one even know that the other was there? Ten years ago, common sense would tell us that these two boys walking side by side were buddies who enjoy each other’s company. Today, however, this particular act is more difficult to decipher. Did these two boys lose, albeit temporarily, their ability to have a cohesive conversation with each other? Luckily, being a secondary school teacher, I know there is still hope. I get it. Teenagers need a space to call their own, to proclaim/demonstrate their identity. Today’s spaces often times, just look different. The space that these two may have been occupying was their own music (or podcast?)and while spending time with their friend, they didn’t necessarily feel it was important to share what they were listening to, with anyone.
How does this relate to ambitionista? Well, I can’t speak for Emma, but I often find my inspiration for creation and parenting amongst all of this information – on mommy and sewing blogs, mostly, but in general, online. I like to think this information is strengthening my common sense; encouraging me to cultivate my relationships and my judgment of situations. This is all assuming I can keep myself from clicking too often on unrelated items like fashion and hair. What do you, dear ambitionista reader, think? What does all this information do to your common sense?
A fairy for the fairy-lover in your life. This is a quick craft that results in an adorable flower fairy. I made one for a birthday and one for my gal. My supplies came from Michael’s as well as a great little place that recycles craft goodies, called Art From Scrap. For a simple tutorial, head over to http://www.thesleepytimegal.com/favorite-home-made-gifts-kids/.