Healer ~ Welcome Mothering.com readers WIN HERE

We are grateful to Peggy O’Mara for sharing The Mother’s Wisdom Deck with her readers and connecting them to Mothering with Soul. We will be giving away The Mother’s Wisdom Decks to three (3) Mothering.com readers who comment on today’s post by 8 pm mst on Sunday, Oct 7th. We will select three (3) comments at random and announce the lucky winners in next Monday’s post. And, now on to our Monday post…healer.

CuranderaFitting that the healer card, Curandera, landed on a week when I was overtaken by a flu. All day long, I lay in bed thinking of what healing means for me. I felt like sickness brought with it a kind of susto, or soul loss, a sense of being emptied in order to be refilled and renewed.

In my fever-addled brain, I thought about how children are the ultimate healers. They break us open, they awaken the forgotten places in our hearts, they remove the tarnish on our souls. As much as we believe that we hold them, in truth it seems that our children hold us. They knit us together, body and soul, making us whole. They get us out of bed when we feel like we can’t face the world, get us outside even when sunshine seems like too much to bear.

HoldingAnd, we hold them too. We hold them with our deep listening, our paying attention to every quiver, every passing joy and sniffle. We embrace them while they are feverish and need a haven to heal. We hold them with our eyes, by giving them confidence just by watching them do something. Sometimes when they ask us for help, what they want is for us to give them our eyes, to hold them with our steady gaze and give them a sense of well-being.

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And just as we hold—and heal—each other, something larger holds us all. And that’s why I love how Jenny envisioned the healing card, with an altar in the corner. Curanderas travel with portable altars they use to invoke divine powers that can restore wholeness. For me, an altar is a place where we can hold the divine, and be held in this relatedness. We make a space for it, literally and figuratively. And almost like a child with a dollhouse, I love arranging my altar, swapping out new photos or more apropos fragments of poetry, putting a fresh flower here, a found crystal there. Making an ecclectic nest for spirit.

Family altarOne of the things I appreciate most about Waldorf is how it encourages a nature table—essentially an altar—for children. It honors that children are hungry for the sacred as much as we are. The nature table, often a focal point for a Waldorf classroom or home, can be quite simple, and it always has elements that reflect the changing seasons outside. Just the thought of creating our fall offering inspires me, and makes me want to treasure hunt for acorns and fallen leaves.

Nature Table

How do you invite wholeness and well-being into your home?

 

 

39 thoughts on “Healer ~ Welcome Mothering.com readers WIN HERE

  1. I imagine Harmony as one element that envelops a home with a sense of wholeness and well-being. One thinks of harmony in music as two notes that when sung together sound pleasant, but somewhere in its etymology it can be traced to a Greek term used by carpenters to designate utmost skill required to bring two disparate wood pieces together to create a smooth, imperceptible joint.
    As mothers and healers of home, we aren’t looking for niceness, i.e. caving in to a child’s dictates to keep the peace; or following what Home Interior mags say is a ‘must have’ home accessory…rather it is the work and skill needed that continually honors different elements (whether personalities or room colors) in order to bring them into a right relationship within our home. Perhaps this is what engenders wholeness and well-being in a home.

  2. I am so happy to have found this site as my first child starts at a Steiner school and we feel so welcomed into this amazing local and international community.. I hope to read your postings often.

  3. I’ve been blessed today by being introduced to your blog thru Soule Mama blog. I was very inspired by several of your posts current and past. I am excited to build an altar with my children. Thank you!

  4. I just love the idea of a nature altar! Although my little guy is only 5 months old, a nature altar is one thing I plan on making part of his life in the future. I’ve had my own nature altar for years….odd-looking seed capsules, shed snake skin, snail shells, a myriad of bird feathers, dragonfly wings and a collection of other bits and bobs. I can’t wait to see what my little son decides to add to it!

    • I love being a mama because I have a renewed commitment to do all of the things that I love to do so that I can share them with my children. We all cherish our nature altar now.

  5. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth. I just love your nature altar! One thing that comes to mind is trying to be conscious that we all (Tulsi especially) feel we contribute to the beauty and flow of our days and homestead…by listening to, supporting and valuing everyone’s ideas and efforts. I also love how Tulsi actively participates with our altar, moving things around, adding feathers and special rocks she finds, concocting a bowl of acorn and pineneedle stew and offering it to Baba and Ma and Buddha. (she is MUCH more like me and how I think and interact with an altar!) Our home puja is much longer and sweeter with Tulsi. :)

    • Thanks, Jenny. The altar is actually mine and I too love the way the children interact with the altar. It has two shelves so the one with Ganesh is the family altar and the lower one is the children’s nature table. They find treasure to add/offer everyday. A beautiful, little dead bee was added yesterday. It helps us all to feel connected and to heal our sadness and celebrate our blessings.

  6. As an aspiring mother, this blog is a joy to read! Your ability to highlight nuggets of spiritual wisdom as they relate to mothering is inspiring. Thanks for offering this.

  7. i think that we best cultivate wholeness and well-being in our home by slowing down, taking the time to do the everyday things with intention, and making room for activities that bring us beauty and joy. baking bread, reading together, knitting and painting, working in the garden, taking walks outside and really observing the seasons–all of these things help us to feel grounded and whole. i love your thoughts about altars and nature tables–we have a seasonal nature table, and i have never really thought of it as an altar, but it really does work in that way. it helps connect us to nature and honor the seasons and celebrate the beautiful things in this world.

    i just discovered your wisdom deck and blog and am so glad to have done so. this is such a beautiful idea and way to reflect on the deeper meanings of our experiences as mothers.

  8. These are such a beautiful idea- I especially love the concept of “the alchemy of motherhood.” Would adore to win a set.

  9. This is such a beautiful blog! Thank you for all the love that you’ve put into it and the beautiful deck.
    The healer (curandera) is something I’ve been exploring and motherhood has brought this out more and more. As nothing feels better than cooking a big pot of chicken noodle soup when my daughter and/or I are not feeling well. It’s very healing on all levels. So glad you’re linked through the deck review, can’t wait to subscribe to your blog. *Gratitude*

  10. I’m so glad I found you through Mothering.com! I plan to follow your blog from now on :)

    In our home, we’ve created elemental altars (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit) and have put them on walls corresponding to each element. Our kids love bringing in things from nature to put on them. We create wholeness through our altars, as well as taking time out each day to spend time as a family. We pretty much do everything as a family, even just going to the grocery store. People rarely see my husband or I without everyone in tow.

    • hi Sarah, thanks for sharing about your altars — the idea is so interesting — i’d love to see photos. the way you describe your family sounds much like ours. :)) we are so blessed!

  11. I am happy to have found your blog today, it looks lovely and I look forward to visiting again. I enjoyed this post, and it’s inspired me to dust off my own altar tomorrow! We also have a nature table in our home, and I love watching what my children find outside and bring in to place on this seasonal altar. Children are so naturally drawn to connect with the world around them, to notice small and beautiful things that I might have otherwise not even seen. They inspire me everyday. It is beautiful to both witness and also to support and help facilitate their ever-deepening connection to Nature, and to themselves.

    • hi Amy, i agree deeply with what you wrote about witnessing and supporting their connection with Nature — it is “natural” and they thrive through it, and in this age, it is essential that we nourish this relationship. and what a gift for them as they grow up!

  12. I’d love to win these! Gorgeous!

    I have my own altar and it is a special place. I think it is high time I help my sons set up a nature table. I think they’d love it!

  13. I’m thrilled to find your site and the Mothers’ Wisdom cards. There are so many times in life and mothering when I need a moment of inspiration or reflection to recharge me. These would be great for that!

  14. What a beautiful place to land this morning! Thank you so much for your gifts. I’m a singer and teach music to very young children, so I try to bring music to my daughter in many ways and support her voice. We make up songs all the time, and I just love to play with her that way.

  15. I’m so happy that I came across this blog and that it featured what seems like an incredible set of oracle cards. Not many decks are women-centric , much less depict the trials and learning lessons specifically involved with motherhood. What a great opportunity to have the chance to win a deck of my own. Thank you for offering such a fortunate gift to your readers.

  16. I just got here via mothering.com. It looks like you’ve designed a beautiful and inspiring deck. I’d love to publish a review of it at paganfamilies.com.

  17. My nature altar just kinda happens. It doesn’t seem intentionally created, and yet just a couple of days ago I was noticing the objects that I have arranged on our dining room table and the stories they tell…The little blue pitcher filled with flowers from our garden, the sea shells and stones my daughter collected when she visited “treasure beach” in Victoria with her cousins in the summer, the heart shaped pottery bowl that she made at the Brickworks pottery workshop, the felt doll she made at a friend’s birthday party, the little turtle with the bobbing head – a souvenir from another friend from Mexico, and the newest addition, some autumn leaves from the park. Over time the objects are changed – I guess winter/X’mas things will appear there in a while. We’ll see what happens..

  18. I love the idea of children as our ultimate healers…this rings so true for me! My daughter has brought back a sense of life to me that I didn’t even know I had lost until I began to rediscover it with her. Her presence has pushed me to find strength, courage, and love that I didn’t know I had.

    And, I am now toying with the idea of a nature alter. Just beautiful….

  19. I’m so excited to have found your blog! FYI, the RSS feed subscription didn’t work. Perhaps it’s something on my end? I look forward to reading through older posts as I just got here through mothering.com. LOVE the nature table and look forward to exploring that with my family. Congrats on the Mother’s Deck. Seems like an excellent present for myself and those around me with kiddos!

    • Sorry about the RSS feed. My understanding is that Google Chrome can be buggy with the RSS but if you have Firefox that should work. Or, you can sign up for our newsletter which will update you weekly. The third option is to check the box below the comment area that say “Notify me of new posts by email.” Hopefully one of these strategies can keep in the Mothering with Soul loop. In the meantime, blessings on your nature table.

  20. Mmmm, thank you for those thoughts. My little one is young yet for participating in a nature table, but I’m glad for the inspiration to set one up for our home! The cards look perfect, becoming a mother has awakened in me a deep longing to connect to the divine feminine, and I am wondering if the cards could be a tool for strengthening this kind of connection.

    • Yes, definitely the cards have awakened my connection to the divine feminine within me and all around. Thank you for sharing your new found path as mother.

  21. I’m a mama of three boys, and one tiny tiny baby girl who died in utero at 4 1/2 months (I still count her–it’s important to my health and wholeness to do so). I work every day for balance, peace, and enjoyment of my treasures, my boys. It’s not easy: I live in a large, urban area (luckily with a really supercool metroparks system practically in our back yard), in a neighborhood riddled with poverty and substance and other abuse, with a husband struggling to evolve past issues that plague him. I have to work; we both have to work. I am away from my treasures way more than I would like (25-30 hours a week); even though I have done it for years, it is still soul ripping. We don’t have family in town, but we do have good babysitters. My son goes not a gorgeous Waldorf school (sounds amazing), but a “decent” public school (it’s free).
    I think my sense of wholeness and health comes in accepting that my life kind of sucks (trapped into the working hamster wheel, struggling to pay bills, too many “have to’s”).
    I accept it, and I do the very best I can. When I snap because I am unbalanced, “all work and no play”, and super duper stressed, I pause a minute, breathe, and look in my sweet boys’ eyes. I offer, always, my full-hearted “I’m sorry” and “Will you please forgive me?”
    I brainstorm ways I can cut corners at work and give the extra time and attention to the loveliest boys I’ve ever seen.
    I acknowledge that I will forever be sad–always–that I am a mom without a daughter. I talk about it, honestly and carefully, always placing empahsis on treasure gathering, worshipping at the altar of the living creatures and life that I DO have.
    It’s the best I can do.

    • Thank you for your honest sharing. Authenticity is something that we want most to welcome and represent through this blog. While we all have so much that we hold in reverence and gratitude, there are ways in which each and everyone of us mamas struggle day-to-day. I hope you always will feel welcome to express your whole reality here and know that the courage to do so is being seen.

  22. i noticed in another comment that a mama found her way to you through soulemama.com. me too! i have followed her for a few years now and truly enjoy her connection to her family and to the earth. and now i feel grateful for being led here, to this nurturing space where i can find such gentle, loving, guiding energy. i have not made it to the middle of my “winter solstice spiral” yet. i am still in the dark in so many ways. but i SENSE that there is so much to find. so many ways to connect. so many ways to deepen. i long to ignite my own inner light within and truly LIVE. it has always been hard for me to feel like i belong anywhere, and it is my goal as a mama (to an awesome 5 year old daughter) that she ALWAYS know that she belongs. motherhood is such a challenging, heart-opening gift! i love how you say that children break open our hearts, remove the tarnish from our souls, and hold us. i really believe that my child heals my soul. and in return, i nourish hers. thanks for keeping this site going. it seeped in deep and made me glad. have a lovely day.

  23. An inspiring post, and an intriguing deck. It’s making me think about how to add a nature table/alter for the family at home. the kid’s alters tend to get piled full of their favorite things/toys as a “safe” place to put them.

  24. Ah, think I may have just missed the cut off for the giveaway draw :(
    I’m commenting anyway – this really hit home for me. I have recently escaped a very bad situation with my child’s father and am starting over, anew, with my preschooler. I’m beginning to discover my woman-mama self that wants to blossom out and together we are creating our own new ways of living and celebrating and really living every day. I look forward to exploring around these parts more. Thanks.

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