My children went back to school and I went back to work this week, after six weeks of summer holidays. I have found that there is a certain predictability in my extended holiday experience. The first 21 days I am all I love holidays so much! I wish it would never end! My children are beautiful and clever, and I feel so rested and at peace. Ommmm! From the 22nd day I am all Holy crap! How am I going to be able to cope with another three weeks of this shit? The kids are squabbling endlessly, I’m tired, it’s so bloody hot, there are things that I should be doing but for some reason I can’t motivate myself to do them – and if I hear one more squeaky voiced kid’s cartoon my head will explode. Aaarrghhh!
It doesn’t matter that my work and the kid’s school is the same place – I love my job, even if my kids are there ;). The Bear came home in the afternoon and asked how I was feeling. “Sparky!” I said, smiling widely – and then moved on, industriously ticking my way through my to-do list. His laughter brought me back.”What?” I asked. “You!” he said. “Long holidays don’t really agree with you do they?” I paused for a moment, thinking. “No, you’re right, they don’t. Two weeks is good. Six weeks is de-motivating and sucks the will to live out of me.”
People, I need structure to function. I need reason and purpose to my days, otherwise they decelerate into formless puddles, much like my brain. This is partly the reason why the age of 0-3 is my mothering kryptonite and partly the reason why I love lists. And when I say reason and purpose, I do not mean inventing five meals a day for hungry children to eat, figuring out how to dry five loads of washing in the rain and mediating disputes over whose slice of cake is the biggest.
How do you cope with the summer holidays?
PS This is a wonderful article by Nancy Alder for Annapurna Living, on using breath both in our yoga practice and in mothering.
Best Short Read
Like all of Ms la Porte’s articles, this one is short, snappy and to the point:
We compromise — we swallow our words, keep paying rent in hell, and maintaining appearances, because we’re afraid that we won’t get what we really want if we… really tell the fucking truth, choose joy over pain, and show up as ourselves. But if we don’t really tell the fucking truth, choose joy over pain, and show up as ourselves… we’ll never get what we really want.
click here to read the rest of the article.
Best Astrological Heads Up
So, we are midway through the first mercury retrograde for the year. Generally in these three week periods, we can expect technological, mechanical and travel snafus, and the advice is to back your computer up, and don’t make large purchases or sign important contracts. Normally though, I quite like mercury retrogrades – being born under one, I find them quite reassuring and a great time to tidy up loose ends, plan and do those jobs that I put off, like filing. It’s normally a productive time for me, and I love being productive (as you may have gathered).
However, this one has been hellish, almost malevolent in the daily tests, twists and changes that have been put before me. I am not sure if it’s because it has joined forces with the Aquarian new moon, that Uranian trickster, but so far in this mercury retrograde period, the dishwasher has died (and been replaced), I’ve had internet problems at omg moments, my computer died, the car broke down (and was fixed), the laminater at work died (while I was using it), plans have changed randomly and repeatedly – and every single thing I have had to do online has been troublesome and taken much longer than it needed to. Even the kitchen radio spat out its insides. It has been a little challenging.
That’s me just having a whinge though – mercury retrogrades are seriously good for learning flexibility, faith and patience – as well as crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s. We are being told to pay attention to the details, and to get rid of or fix things that aren’t working for us as well as they could be. We are being taught to let go of rigid planning and to be assured that all delays and plan changes are for the higher good. We are being told to rest in the knowledge that there are some aspects of timing that are mysterious, and that is as it should be.
At this beautiful time of the New Year, it is the time when most people pray that the New Year will be easier, better, more successful than the year which has passed. However, at this time when we pray and make our own resolutions, it is so important to remember that ultimately the purpose of our lives is not just to have things be as easy as possible, nor to be as successful and/or prosperous as possible. The point of our lives is to realize our own true divine nature, to awaken and unfold into the divinity of ourselves. In many cases, that process requires both inner struggle as well as patience. […]
So frequently, people come to me and say, “Oh, why has God given me so much strife? Why has He put so many obstacles in my path? Why is He punishing me? Please remove these obstacles from my path.” We must realize that challenges and hurdles are not punishments. Yes, the law of karma plays a large role in what we receive in this lifetime, but even things which may seem like “bad” karma, are actually opportunities for growth. Through pushing and struggling our wings become fuller and we become able to soar.
– Swami Chidanand Saraswati
My mother used to make these when i was a kid, but I haven’t been able to make them as well as she did. Before now. Mum would make them in a wok, which is tricky for me – the wok and I are not friends :). This recipe uses the oven instead, which is my friend – easy, quick, delicious and healthy too. The kids love them so much I had to hide them!
2 cups of whole almonds
50 mL of Tamari
Preheat oven to 150ºC (300ºF). Pour almonds into a large baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Tip the hot almonds into a bowl and pour over the tamari, mix well and leave to sit for five minutes. Pour tamari coated almonds back into the baking tray and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Check throughout – they are easy to overcook and everyone’s ovens are different. Cool and snack happily 🙂
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