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One of my very best friends told me once that it takes only a twenty minute outing with your children to shift the energy of the whole day.  She said that when her kids were little (she has four), when she would notice that she was sweeping the kitchen floor for the third time that day, she would put everything down and say, “That’s it!  We’re going out”

“Where?” her little ones would ask.

“I don’t know–anywhere,” she’d reply.

Today when you find yourself in that place–whether you’re at home with your kiddos or at work or at school solo–spinning your wheels and disconnected from your Prana, STOP.  Take a deep breath in and a deep breath out, and go to a park.  Even for five minutes.  Maybe just in your mind, if you can’t leave the building.  But go.  And watch everything shift.  Energetically.  And that’s where all creation begins.

Have the best day ever!

Namaste!

Taylor plus 5

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““It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.”

Bob Proctor

“To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.”

William James

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

Annie Dillard

“Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely.”

Thomas P. Murphy

“One can make a day of any size.”

John Muir

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.”

Marie Ray

“Life is a flash of lightning in the dark of night. It is a brief time of tremendous potential.”

B. Alan Wallace

Life is a great big canvas.  Throw all the paint on it that you can.

I’m a big believer in this and so I’ve always got somethin’ cookin’.  Literally and figuratively.  And my Spirit loves this.

When I walk into our kitchen after teaching the daily pre-dawn class at Prana Newton (4:30 am class–see you there!), I put on pot of water to make yerba matte tea (my fave), a pot of coffee, breakfast for the kiddos, and breakfast for Philippe and me.

After I make my tea (and sweeten it with Just Like Sugar–my fave too–get it at Vitacost.com), I boil some more water for hot chocolate.  I love to have several hot drinks available at once, just for fun.  Because it’s all about fun!  We all need to lighten up, laugh more, and appreciate more, because all is well.  Hot chocolate and coffee and tea will help you do this….and it’s so simple.

When I make dinner for our family of 7, it’s no different–I always have about ten things goin’ at once.  And then we have a big smorgasbord to choose from–again, for fun.

This is a metaphor for my life.  I always have a bunch of *fun* balls in the air–balls that don’t feel like work but are things that I love–and then the Universe lines em up as they should be.  They happen if and when they should, and all is well.

You’re a super-person and you do this too–we all do–so pat yourself on the back for doing so and enjoy the fullness of your time on this planet.  This is it!  The only moment we have is now so enjoy it–this is your life.

Have the best day ever!

Namaste!

Taylor plus 5

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“Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference.”

Mignon McLaughlin

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.