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Soulemama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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Soulemama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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Soulemama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Saying Yes

I say yes often–just not always to the right entreaties. Requests for me to go outside with them, requests for me to play… those days won’t last forever and yet and I often say no to those very calls. This morning it was suddenly clear to me how much more I want to say yes to them. Maybe it’s the impending summer vacation with all of its possibility. Not for the “can I have soda” appeals, but the others.

  • Mama, come outside with me, please?
  • Mama, let’s go for a bike ride together!
  • Can we play Pandemic, Mama?
  • Play with us, watch us!

Kids' Ribbon Dance
Of course, they’re not the only ones asking things of me. My own little voice says:

  • Is it time to read now? That book is waiting for you to dive in!
  • Are you going to make that tasty new recipe you found?
  • When are you going to get on your mat today?
  • How about you just sit and stare at nothing for a bit?

Husband, he doesn’t ask too much. He’s so laid back and while not totally carefree, he has a much more relaxed/less stressed view of living. It’s a good model for me, often.

The Jokester

Look at that silly expression!

Say yes to laughter, to enjoying what you have without feeling guilty, but instead feeling grateful. Yes.

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Soulemama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Downward Facing Dog on a SUP

Why Do I Practice?

Last night I wasn’t feeling it–the urge to get on my mat, keep up my daily practice that I’ve been cultivating for the past month. The “had to” mentality about getting on my yoga mat was firmly placed in my mind. The kids were outdoors and wanted me to join them. I took a sheet and my  mat outside under our “shady tree” while the kids played near by. It was like everything fell into place, just as it was meant to be. The air smelled sweet, the wind had died down so I didn’t feel I was being blown away. The day’s warmth still lingered despite the setting sun and the birds were singing. With that my whole mind set changed. I played some of my favorite practice music and bopped around in downward facing dog to it. The entire practice wasn’t much more than 20 minutes, but I felt refreshed and enlivened after hours of grumpy moods and hostility.

Earth below me, sky above me, fire within me. #viewfrommymat

Why do I practice? It’s good for me, even when I don’t remember why.

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Soulemama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Heliobore Spring 2014

Finally they’re blooming. Though the snow has been (mostly!) gone for a bit of time now, it feels like the growth and bloom of spring is very slow this year. The hellebores have usually been in bloom for over a month by now.

But bloom they did, and are so welcome. As is the return of early morning light and the chatter of the birds in the predawn. I cannot even begin to tell you how heart-glad I was when I saw my first robin a few weeks ago.

If there are enough breaks in the predicted rain this week then I’ll be planting some of my baby plants that have been hardened off and don’t mind the slightly chilly night time temperatures we’re still having around here.

And friends, I’m so excited for my new garden goal this year–to begin a cut flower garden. I have flower beds here and there around our property, but I want the opportunity to bring their beauty indoors more. In the spirit of my word this year, I’m trying to be realistic with how big it will be and what it will include. My seed starting this year has included far more flowers than usual and more are waiting for outdoor planting as well.

What are your signs of the season right now? What plans do you have in the making?

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Soulemama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Crocus Nova Photoshoot

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Soulemama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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