.:Meditation:.

More often than not we all get caught up in our worries about the future–whether it’s about our children, finances, or upcoming projects due in the office.  And I think too, we get lost in our regrets of the past– things we didn’t do, forgot to do, or simply things we did wrong. 

That’s why meditation is such a critical component to life.  The reflective parts of our life– is very similar to prayer. It really facilitates awareness in the “here and now” moments.  Enabling us to feel free and relaxed.  And actually (just a side note) meditation is probably more important in this day and age, because of our exposure to technology.  We are multi-tasking now more than ever before and it’s hindering our brains from fully processing and focusing.  Basically our attention spans are down right shitty.  Don’t you think? Mine sure is. 

 

There are numerous values I want McKinley and Cora to learn, but the truth is– I need to practice and refresh my own meditative state on many of these values in order to teach them properly.  So, I’m going to dedicate each day for the next 6 weeks to a particular value or moral idea and meditate about them. I will be writing about my process and reflective states– if you would like to join along please do!  And make sure to comment below on your own journey.

And, If you haven’t already, please check out my mediation cards (made to order) in my etsy shop for your own personal deck of meditation cards by clicking here ThingsByG 

   

~g 

Tips to Stay Sane

20131205-005721.jpg

Health tip: I know I’ve said this before, but when consuming any fruits make sure you eat a protein with it, like nuts or eggs. If you are looking for sneaky ways to not gain 1,000 pounds during the holidays–eat snacks throughout the day (one of them consisting of a fruit and protein tied together). In doing this you keep your metabolism working and lower the sugar content of the fruit.

Laundry tip: Not only should you make sure all zippers are zipped before throwing anything in the wash or dryer, but hook together those bra straps too! Also, don’t put bras in the dryer, instead hang them up! Otherwise you risk damaging the underwire and shrinking them.

Parenting tip: We all know this one, but sometimes need reminding. Mean what you say and say what you mean. It’s crucial to be consistent! The holidays are a hectic time for schedules, so be patient and plan some extra activities or projects to keep the kiddos engaged.

Mental tip: Practice mindfulness for 10 minutes of your day. Concentrate on your breathing by inhaling slowly counting to 7 and exhaling slowly counting to 7. Repeat and Repeat, and If a thought trickles in bring yourself back to your breath.

20131205-003235.jpg

A Human Experience

20130316-090050.jpg

This morning was peaceful. Grandpa pulled out the ole guitar. And it’s been awhile since he’s done that.  He even said,

“I’ve just had an urge for pickin’.”

Then my mother jumped in with her banjo.  and in seconds we were singing, She’ll be comin’ round the mountain. An awing moment. 

My parents are baby-boomin’-spirit filled-passionate-opinionated-intellectual seeking-hippies.  So naturally, of course, music is this omnipotent presence to them. And, I agree.

Music is a powerful instrument.

A form of expression.

Inspiring. Spiritual. Hypnotizing. Adventurous.

Empowering.

Music means various things to people and is utilized differently.

Music connects us together. A passion shared across race and culture.

A human experience. 

 

~The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia

Baby Wearing

“Baby-wearing” has become a buzz phrase, now that I’m a mother anyway.  I hear and see “baby-wearing” everywhere.  Personally, I love baby-wearing. It allows for freedom and bonding at the same time!  I like the idea of getting the vacuuming and laundry done while snuggling my little bug.  Everyone has opinions on what materials and tools are the best to use to multitask, but what honestly is the best- is what works for you.  Good Luck 🙂

 

~The chance for change is infinite~ Georgia

Featured Review: Discgolf

As we move out of the holiday season and into the New Year, we reflect on family traditions. When you become a family, it’s customary to create a family tradition.  In fact, I don’t know any family that doesn’t have some sort of ritual.  One could argue that families against tradition have the tradition of no tradition.

When my husband and I had McKinley, our 9-month-old moving machine, we knew we needed to start thinking . . .  tradition.  What we didn’t realize at the time was that we already had one.  Disc golf.  And, before I explain what disc golf is, let me ask you some critical questions:

Does your family live for adventure? Do you enjoy the fresh outdoors, scenery, and perhaps some exercise?  Are you seriously looking for something new to do and don’t feel like spending money on another membership?  If you’ve answered yes to even one of these questions than you and your family may be interested in playing a round of disc golf.

I consider our family unique because we play disc golf.  When I share this with people, they tend to respond with, “Huh?”  To be fair, I did too when I first met my husband.  He told me he was a “pro disc golf player.”  I chuckled as if there was such a thing.  Now, it’s one of our family’s traditions.

IMG_0407
IMG_4864

Disc golf is an up and coming sport similar to golf, but utilizes frisbees called “discs” instead of drivers and putters.  There are holes or “baskets” which you attempt to throw the discs into and count each throw as a “stroke.”  This year round sport is great for kids and families of all ages.   Disc golf is generally free to play and the only equipment needed is a disc, which are now available at most sporting goods stores.

There are a handful of disc golf courses in Central Ohio conveniently located at local parks or college campuses. The courses are spread across the Greater Columbus Area at locations including: Blenden Woods, Ohio State, Glacier Ridge, Alum Creek, Simsbury Park, and Hoover Dam (which is our favorite).

Hoover Dam, in Westerville, is truly a place of beauty.  With holes playing down toward a dam perched at the edge of a reservoir or through an evergreen forest, this park allows disc golfers, both new to the game and experienced, to enjoy an afternoon hike.  It’s rare to see a dam, especially in Central Ohio, and makes this an incredible place to go.

And now for a video: 

Maybe you’re in need of a family tradition, have a New Year’s resolution to exercise, or if you’re like my family, simply relish the outdoor life.  Regardless of the reason, disc golf is worth checking out.

What are some of your holiday/family traditions? Please share!

~The chance for growth is infinite~ Georgia