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The Tao Of Motherhood

 

Imagine taking the comfort-filled nurturing of Mother-Love and condensing it down to 81 endowments from the Tao Te Ching, repurposing them and offering them back into the world in a new form as a gift to mothers. Author of Infant Massage, massage therapist and Founder of The International Association of Infant Massage Instructors, Vimala McClure has brilliantly accomplished a fusion of ancient and modern teachings in the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Tao of Motherhood.

Vimala considers motherhood a spiritual practice that integrates beautifully with her own path of the Sanskrit concept of madhuvidya or sweet knowledge. Like all paths, motherhood brings with it joys and challenges and she honors them all in this soothing teal blue softcover embellished with a mama fish and baby fish swimming close by.

Each page contains tasty tidbits that are as nurturing to the heart and soul as rice pudding and homemade chocolate chip cookies could be for the body.

Sweet samplings include:

Perspective: “Remember that you and your child are travelers through infinite time. How you interact is important enough to change lifetimes of karma; yet it is an insignificant drop in the ocean of relationship through which you both move. Keep in mind the endless nature of being , and your journey will gain perspective.”

The Particular: Be open to your child’s individual needs and expression. One child needs stimulation, the next needs quiet. One needs to be carried all the time, another likes to play nearby with the freedom to extend his limbs. A wise mother knows: There is no good child and no bad child. Only this child.”

The delicate imagery of lotus flowers, water spouts, the aforementioned fish, a stone like sculpture of a mother and child are rendered in soft line drawing form by artist Tracy Cunningham.

What Must Be Done

 

Have you ever wondered what your purpose is? That is a question that gives life meaning. In my full time job as a social worker, I encounter people daily who feel lost and as if they are spinning their wheels and going nowhere fast. At times, I sense, we all go there and yet, I also know for certain that once we find a reason that we incarnated, life is a whole lot more joyful. So, are you willing to come along for a ride with me, as we explore just what your purpose might be?

Discovering purpose requires personal inquiry and creativity, so put on your ‘curiosity cap’. What does yours look like? Mine is a baseball cap with all of the colors of the rainbow, embellished with translucent wings that flutter when I get a cool idea. I have to tell you that they are pretty busy wings, since I am never bored and frequently fascinated…ideas are always churning in my oh so busy brain.

The first question I would ask is: What lights you up from the inside? What is it that you just can’t wait to do upon awakening (after you pee, of course:)? For me, it is writing. When I can’t sleep, it becomes my soporific. When I am having an experience that I can’t wait to share, out comes the laptop and the words pour forth.

The next query: Is there something that you knew you were born to do, but then repressed because well meaning adults may have told you that it just wasn’t practical or lucrative? When I stand before a group of people, sharing things I have learned, goosebumps pop up and there is an absolute sense of YES! It is what athletes refer to as ‘being in the zone’.

And then: Is there a talent you possess that people comment on….like you put so much love into food that becoming a cook/chef/caterer would be a lovely profession?

I have always known that my purpose is to be a communicator. Of course, some of that comes from being a voraciously verbal little kid. My mom told me that “You began speaking at 6 months and haven’t stopped since.” I was never shy and loved being center stage. It has served me well as a presenter, facilitator and writer.

Purpose is not always career/professional in nature. It may come in the form of being a good friend, a force for good in the world, a healer, a Lorax who ‘speaks for the trees’.

Recently, I had the great pleasure of hearing a folk music impresario Gene Shay-presented concert with three singer-songwriters named Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor and Greg Greenway at PSALM Salon in Philadelphia. Together, they are a vocal group called Brother Sun whose soaring vocals and wafting in the air harmonies had the audience of Baby Boomers singing along and tapping our feet. Spiritual, clever, funny, quirky, reverently irreverent at times, these three ‘brothers from other mothers’ create such music that at turns, feels like popcorn tossed out to a waiting audience, spicy hot sauce on tortilla chips and sweet caramel melting on the tip of your tongue. (Where are these food metaphors coming from?) Their song called “What Must Be Done, reminded me that each of us has a Divine Purpose and it is up to us to decide how to use it. My sense is that the world awaits your gifts and talents to heal what would otherwise be unmended if you didn’t step forth. See the day beyond the horizon..

Listen and sing along.

http://youtu.be/-P6r1fgiUcU and perhaps your purpose will reveal itself.

www.brothersunmusic.com

www.psalmsalon.com

Modern Muse

Are you inspired by life?  Do you find delight in simply observing what  goes on moment by moment and can you glean magic and beauty from that?  Giselle Koy, who refers to herself as a Modern Muse is adept at weaving wonder  and then allows it to brilliantly spill over into the lives of those she touches.

How do you live your bliss?

Living my bliss is definitely a conscious choice that I make each and every day. I made a decision many years ago to check in with my thoughts and emotions as much as possible throughout the day in order to gauge where I am. In doing this, I realize that when experiences and people make me feel uplifted, energized, joyful and clear, then I am allowing great things to happen consistently. I call these my “open door” days when opportunities line up, people appear, issues are resolved and I feel comfortable and calm. I also believe strongly in walking a playful path and not seeing play simply as a “break” or a “distraction.” The work of the human soul requires that we engage playfully in the world and that we not abandon our instincts to explore, discover, trust and love. Play is dancing, romping through nature, eating great food, playing games and doing exciting things for the first time. And if there’s mischief involved, even better! When I play more, I not only get more out of life, but I feel open to whatever the universe has in store for me- and that leads to prosperity and success.
 
How did you create yourself as ‘The Modern Muse’?
I had already been helping and inspiring CEOs, rock stars, millionaires and some of the smartest people you will ever meet. But I wasn’t a traditional consultant. I am not a psychic. But for some reason, people just gravitated toward me seeking answers. Maybe on some level they knew I could help because, I can see people not just as they are, but in their bright, shiny, beautiful potential. I felt constantly compelled to share with people exactly what I saw in them and how they could embrace their greatness to become what they truly were meant to be. But there just didn’t seem to be a label for who I was or what I was doing. I remembered seeing years ago Albert Brooks’ film starring Sharon Stone called “The Muse”. It suddenly became very clear. It’s about a woman who uses her powers of charm, wit, intelligence, intuition and inspiration to help people bring their greatest ideas forth. I thought, “Wow. This is what I already do!” So instead of trying to find a job I fit into, I assumed my role. This is role consciousness vs. job consciousness.
 
Is creativity your life blood?
Yes. I have been a creative all my life. I’ve studied ballet, drawing, writing and sculpting. As a professional, I came from various design traditions including graphic, interior, jewelry and environmental design including creating mandalas. I think self-identifying as an artist for most of my life made it easier for me to accept the idea that we are all creative beings and that is a powerful and important part of the human experience. I don’t think you have to be an artist or a creative to make creativity a guiding principle in your life– it’s just in us. We do, after all, create our own realities each and every moment.
 
 Have you long been an out of the box thinker?
I’ve always been an out of the box thinker though in my early life it was a very traditional environment that you could say was like living “in the box.” But I was always finding ways to express myself and explore the world. I have an adventurous streak and I enjoy being open to new possibilities, new ideas and new opportunities to co-create with passionate people.
 
Who/what inspires you?
Where do I start! I have a unique condition called RDA or Rapid Distraction Ability. Basically, I get excited about the smallest things that make me feel like a dog surrounded by squirrels. I am constantly looking up screaming “Squirrel!” I also have BAS or Beauty Arrestment Syndrome. This happens when beautiful light streams through a window or when water is flowing and it looks like diamonds. I stop for these moments and take in the beauty, however small. As far as people (or beings), I am inspired by those whose lives border on the mythological. Recently I have been inspired by Casanova, Pan, Cleopatra and St. Germain.
 
Are you as bold and outrageous in your daily life as you seem to be in the intro to your website video?
Let’s put it this way. The day of that film shoot, I grabbed a friend and his camera. We hopped in my Cadillac, headed downtown, parked in front of the Driskill Hotel and, bam, shot it. Nothing was staged or propped. It was naturally spontaneous. It was just a normal day.
 
How can we each live what you call a ‘ravishing life’?
I think it’s important that everyone define, for themselves, what a ravishing life is. Don’t be sucked in by what other people have or want or do. Listen to your own voice and decide what will make you feel most alive. I really encourage people to “go for it” in every moment. If life gives you an Oreo cookie and you only want the white part, just eat that! You don’t have to have what you don’t want. Living a ravishing life is about making choices for your highest good all the time.
 
What are some of your favorite inspiration inducing exercises?
Sometimes I will literally just sit there and ask myself, “What can I do within the next five minutes to make me feel better so that I can raise my vibration?” This works especially on the days that I am not feeling a high vibration. Sometimes the highest vibration I can give myself is to be kind and compassionate and give myself a break. I also love to put my iPod on shuffle and allow the universal DJ to sing the messages I need to hear. It can be uncanny. I also scan my vibrational diet– the food, people, music, environment and visual field I am surrounding myself with. Trust me, there is always room to clean it up.

Prayer is Portable

I sometimes refer to myself as ‘Prayer Central’ since many of my friends over the years have asked me to offer prayer, reiki and in general healing energy for life circumstances that impact on them and people they know. I gladly comply. One reason is that it is such an honor to be asked to pray for someone. Remember the scene from the Jim Carrey movie Bruce Almighty in which he is sitting at his computer and prayer requests come streaming in?  In frustration, he presses a button and responds YES! to each one. What happens? Chaos ensues.  Sometimes the answer to our prayers is yes, sometimes it is no and sometimes it is a clear ‘not yet’. When that occurs, what I do is either reconfigure my expectations or sit back and wait until something shifts. It always does.

What I have also discovered is that I don’t pray FOR something. I give thanks in advance that the Highest Good has already begun to unfold since it is already in existence in the ‘mind of God’. I ask for the willingness to accept that reality. I see it as whole and complete.

Prayer is portable and need not be confined to an edifice such as a synagogue, temple, mosque church or shrine. It is as vast as Spirit itself. It is not meant to occur at specified times of day. Our channel to Divine Consciousness is open 24/7 and all we need do is tap into it.

So today, I invite you to be Prayer Central and offer love to the world around you. YOUR healingenergy makes all the difference in the world.

Sit back and listen to The Prayer on YouTube

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