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Life’s Either a Problem or an Adventure

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It was quite an effort to get everyone out of the house this morning by 7:30am. Double check to make sure we had water bottles, spare clothes in case the kids wrecked the ones they had on. Has everyone gone to the toilet? Check. Has everyone eaten breakfast? Check. Does everyone have clothes on that are covering their private parts? Check. Let’s go. We were on our way to the Yogathon (like a marathon of yoga), an event to raise money for charity. Read the rest of this entry

When the World Feels As One

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I’ve never actually prayed for somebody’s soul before. I’m not religious, so don’t ask me what praying for somebody’s soul even means. But for some reason, last night, at one in the morning, I sat straight up in bed and did just that. It was pretty weird. While I did love Robin Williams, and he was, like, the funniest, most creative actor ever, I certainly was never obsessed with him or thought of him too often. But, last night, for whatever reason, my heart was aching over his death. Someone I’ve never even met. I mean, yes, I must have watched Aladdin eighteen million times when I was a kid, and yes, I secretly/not-so-secretly think The World According to Garp is one of my all time favorite movies. But still, why was I thinking about Robin Williams at one in the morning? Read the rest of this entry

Can Being a Parent Make You Enlightened?

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At least 12 years ago, a friend of mine told me that your spiritual growth stops when you have children. I would say that is 100% inaccurate.

The other day, I was coming in from the ocean after surfing and I had this brief glance of the universe/consciousness/God. Whatever you want to call it. It was sunset and the water was delicious. I kept diving under the water, just to soak up the last few rays of sun. Those last few moments of being alone in the ocean and feeling the cool water against my face and of it rushing through my hair. Read the rest of this entry

You Should Feel Sorry For Opinionated-Know-It-All People

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I did it again today. I pissed someone off on some Facebook parenting debate. It was a total accident and I was only expressing my honest opinion. Read the rest of this entry

Criticism: The Fine Art of Giving and Receiving

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I recently wrote a blog post on why kids need to go outside and not waste so much of their time in front of screens. In my mind, I was writing out my concerns over children needing to connect more with nature and with their bodies. Lots of people liked it, but some people tore it apart left, right and center! To some people, I was writing a piece that was attacking their life style and their way of thinking. I was told I was being judgmental, closed minded, rude and even antagonistic! I was shocked because that was totally not the original intention of my post at all! Looking back, I probably could have written my article differently and then I shared it with the wrong group of people. Oops, my bad! Read the rest of this entry

Don’t Forget to Use Your Stickers

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When my daughter was a baby, my husband and I were shopping and we found some Dr. Suess stickers in a store. Having been huge Dr. Suess fans ourselves, as children, we bought three packs. I mean getting to reread Dr. Suess books was practically the main reason we had children in the first place, right? Margo was only a baby, so we thought she wouldn’t know how to enjoy a pack of stickers… so we packed them away in a place where she could use them when she was old enough to appreciate them. Read the rest of this entry

How I Met My Guru

(I don't normally wear flowers in my hair... long story)

(I don’t normally wear flowers in my hair… long story) Washington DC 2008 (photo credit Kasia Fraser)

I am Kate.

I have a Guru.

You can find my guru’s picture in almost every room of my house. It’s unusual for a white girl living in a modern western society, I know.

Gu – means darkness

Ru – means removal Read the rest of this entry

Gently Dealing with My Daughter’s Crazy Irrational Fears

Big Kid. Scared of Wind.

Big Kid. Scared of Wind. Little One, Oblivious and Having Fun

Dealing with a child’s irrational fears is sort of like going through spiritual bootcamp.  As you go through it, you’ve found that you’ve experienced, denial, anger, frustration, compassion, patience, acceptance and, in the end, unconditional love.  Today, my 3 1/2 year old daughter touched a dog  Yes, TOUCHED a dog, as in willingly went up to it and pet it.  A year ago, if she had even saw a dog, from a mile away, she would have climbed up me like I was a tree and then leaped into my arms. Read the rest of this entry

Instant Pick-Me-Up: Yoga Stretches You Can Do With Your Kids Milling About

'I like being tired and grumpy with the rooms spinning...' said no mother ever.

I like being tired and grumpy with the room spinning…‘ said no mother ever.

You feel like staring at the wall, or curling up under the covers, or dropping to the floor, or maybe even like running down the street screaming!  But, nope… You’re home with the kids and you’re stuck.  Forced into being attentive, alert, understanding and super-human-ish.  No matter how tired you are, or how much the room is spinning, you are mom (or dad) and you are on duty!   Energy sliding into oblivion… what should you do?   Reach for the coffee?  Turn on the tube?  Check facebook (again)?  No!  You can do something much better! Read the rest of this entry

Meditation with a Baby in My Lap: Confessions of a Yogi Mom

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What’s the first thing I do as soon as my kids fall asleep?! Do the dishes? Fold the laundry? Start cooking dinner? NO WAY! I unroll my yoga mat next to the bed where the kids are sleeping and start my yoga/breathing/meditation routine that I’ve been doing every day for the past eleven years. Read the rest of this entry