Wowzers!! They say that time flies... and did it ever! When a plate is full and more is being added, sometimes things spill off the plate. This was one of the things that spilled. But now I am here playing catch up and sharing a few of the books that have inspired and guided me in my motherhood journey. I hope you find a few that will inspire you, too!
For my Summer 2019 book pick, it is "Becoming" by Michelle Obama. Putting all political views aside (especially comments regarding the state of our Canadian politics), I found this book to be a very easy read and full of deep accounts of what it takes for someone to "become".
Becoming is really the journey and being present and aware of the direction your life is taking you. We become many things in life... a wife/ partner, a mother, a certain profession, etc... however, do we enjoy the actual process of becoming or are we fixated in the end point?
Now for my Fall 2019 pick. This book addresses a common issue that many postpartum moms have... either immediately after birthing their babies or many, many years after the kids have all grown up. We're talking incontinence... peeing and pooping troubles. A topic we would rather sweep under the rug and just don the panty liners. What if I said that we have the ability to heal, retrain, strengthen and keep full function of our pelvic floors throughout our entire lives... no matter how many babies you birthed?
"Womens Waterworks" written by Dr. Pauline Chiarelli has been a staple in my prenatal yoga classes to show that incontinence is not a certainty; it is NOT a battle wound of motherhood, nor it is something to laugh and shrug our shoulders at.
I found this book to be well written, cheeky (that's important), easy to read and easy to implement the exercises and suggestions. There is more knowledge and practical advise in here than what your OB/midwife has time to teach you. Read this book, do the work and save your pelvic floor!! You will thank me (and Dr. Pauline Chiarelli) now and in many years from now!
And now on to Winter 2019 (and I am now caught up!)!! I am going more into my passion of Yoga Psychology with this pick. And this book is not for the faint of heart... this book is a plethora of deep insight of how yoga, chakras and our minds work together. They are interconnected. Western psychology and the ancient teachings of yoga really have eery similarities. This book shines that light on this.
"Eastern Body Western Mind" by Anodea Judith is a great read for students and professionals of Psychology, as well as yoga instructors and serious yoga practitioners. It brings together two different worlds of thought... western and eastern... and shows that they really do compliment and support each other. I think in our modern world, we do need to start bringing in ancient wisdom and practices to heal, to restore, to thrive.
With that, I leave you with this message... Thank you for taking your time to read what I have to say and to share. Wishing you and your loved ones a very blessed holiday season and much happiness, love, laughter and success that extends well into 2020!
Hello spring! Glad to finally see the snow melting and the sun shining longer!
How did you fare the winter?
I thought that the Spring 2019 Book Club needed a light-hearted book to shake the dreariness and cold from our bodies and minds. "How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids" by Jancee Dunn was the perfect pick!
Now if there are any husbands, partners, parenting supports reading this... don't panic. Don't take the book title exactly as it is. No, your wife, partner, mother of your child(ren) does not hate you. OK?!
"Many expectant parents spend weeks researching the perfect car seat or safest car seat; however, spend little, if any, time thinking about the titanic impact the baby will have on their marriage/ relationship- and the way their marriage/partnership will affect their child."
This book covers many of the common roadblocks that couples may face when transitioning into parenthood. The marriage or relationship "that was" before kids... is now "not is" and must also transform through the skills of re-evaluating and rebuilding the reality of being parents.
"How Not to Hate Your Husband" is part memoir and part self-help book filled with actionable and achievable advice. How the man/partner who got you into this position in the first place is the ally you didn't know you had!
Ok, I think it's safe to say that winter is finally here! The time to get cozy and warm in your homes; watching movies or catching up on your "books I'd like to read" list. Whatever you do to make the cold and dreary winter season pass by just a little bit faster, ensure that you are keeping a good balance of healthy lifestyle choices and activities! And what a great time to tap into your own unique creative vibe or to start up a new hobby or pastime... journaling!!
This season's book club pick is "Birth Your Story" by Jamie Fleres. This is an amazing book that shows you that reflecting on and processing past experiences through story writing and journaling is a transformative avenue for recovery and for personal growth.
Before some of you snicker and roll your eyes over the suggestion of journaling, let it be known that there is tremendous research into the benefits of creative writing. It can boost your IQ, your emotional intelligence, your memory and your ability to concentrate. It can improve your creative flow and your communication skills. Most importantly, it sends you on the path of healing, of celebration, of growth and resiliency.
Yes, this book does focus primarily on writing birth experiences; however, the methodology and tips could easily be transferred towards other life experiences. The concept of sitting with, reflecting upon and finding the courage to transform a negative and/or traumatic experience into something that you can gently reintegrate back into your life is hard work; but work that is totally worth doing. For you, your family and for this world. We all need healing.
This fall's three OMs' Book Club feature is... "Daring to Rest; a 40 Day Program for Women" by Karen Brody.
No matter if you are pregnant, fresh into your postnatal journey or have no children (yet or ever), this book is for everyone! All worn out women needing a healthy dose of SELF-CARE. REST. REVIVAL.
I was a tired, burnt out momma. I knew deep down that I needed some serious self care. Nurturance. Renewal. A shift was coming and I wanted to ride those waves with success. With energy and a positive outlook on things.
Even as a yoga instructor, I have struggled with seated meditation for YEARS. YEARS. It never resonated with me; I found it almost impossible to continue on past a few weeks of trying. I'd get a good start and then my practice would wane out to nothing. And kudos to anyone, yoga instructor or not, who has "mastered" meditation. It just wasn't for me. I know how beneficial meditation is... I just couldn't make it work. Enter frustration and feelings of failure. In fact, I felt like a phony. Shouldn't I walk my talk?
Yoga Nidra to the rescue! I was willing to turn this whole meditation practice on it's head and find a way that actually worked for me... today, the next day, and beyond. I am proud to say that I practice Yoga Nidra almost daily... and it is something that I desperately look forward to instead of dreading. : )
Karen Brody's book, Daring to Rest was my turning point. She has a very welcoming and accepting way to share Yoga Nidra with worn out women. Her 40 day program is all outlined is her book; it is very user friendly and brings women together to rest, release and rise. The cherry on the top-- she also includes downloadable Yoga Nidra audio files that match the scripts in her book. A++
Women... we are a species centered on giving, caring, and sacrifice. But our energy and life force runs out if it is not a two way street. Yoga Nidra is the gift of self care. Self love.