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By Jennifer Miller
I am looking forward to my yoga practice today…what will it reveal to me when I am in the moment, connecting mind, body and spirit?
I will be putting out the intention of peace. Is it possible to find inner peace when our world is rocked, disrupted daily by distractions and negative energy? I look forward to these special moments where I can achieve a deep connection with my soul.
As a single mom of four independent children, life’s challenges can seem insurmountable. Many mothers experience the revolving door of the teen years as attention is force to shift hour to hour. Maybe this is the spirit’s way.
It has been said that some children can be taught life’s lessons by the parent’s example, while only the world can teach others. I clearly have four independent soul’s who are experiencing the latter. My free spirits are chosing to learn many important lessons through actions and interactions with others.
The irony is that other children and young adults gravitate to me and seek out my wisdom and truth. So, as I move trough my practice this morning, I will experience healing. And as we are all connected, those around me will experience this healing as well. I will offer prayers of gratitude and receive nourishment and strength. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti….Peace, Peace, Peace.
Namaste, Jennifer Miller
I trusted my instincts to be the best mother and it came naturally to me.
From the moment I placed my firstborn child at my breast, I felt I was born to be a mother. I loved all four bundles of joy with all my heart and soul. And as each grew older, I grew with them, changing moment to moment to accommodate their growing needs.
There is a fine line in nurturing our children: do we allow them to fall and grow from the experience or do we constantly watch over them and step in before mishaps. I chose to let them learn and not be rescued.
I let them open their wings to fly and become independent freethinkers.
And my children are all very independent freethinkers. I feel such love and pride when I think of our journey together. But I am also thankful of the gift they gave to me: to be their mother. I sometimes wish that all the pain and hardship could have been avoided. But I see the strength of character and courage that only life can place in your soul.
I stand as a proud witness, watching them grow into young adults. They are the fruit of a mother’s labor. Although they cannot completely see or feel it yet, I know one day they will return love to me in kind.
I have learned to honor myself as a mother; when I am in my power and take care of me, my light shines brighter.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Namaste, Jennifer Miller
“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.”
Arriving Wednesday at the substance abuse recovery home, I was aware of just how much more comfortable and open I felt teaching yoga here. I knew that many of the young women truly looked forward to our time together. They knew that we would share some laughs and possibly discover some new aspect of addiction recovery together. I was hopeful that each of them could experience a moment of self-realization and acceptance. I prayed for a touching moment for each of us to remember.
As we begin the yoga practice, I sense the increased level of trust in the room; my previous sessions clearly represented an initiation process as this is not an easy group to be accepted into. But many remain shut down emotionally.
For the most part they like me; the few that had brought the energy in the room down are not there. Funny how life works. The women have all embraced meditation as they seem to enjoy this time of letting go. I pass out lavender-scented washcloths as part of aroma therapy and they place it over their eyes.
One of the girls, who has a 4-week old newborn, wants to do the meditation but her baby starts to cry. I offer to hold this precious child and a beautiful calm settles over the room. Starting with a “guided meditation”, I gaze upon this bundle of life and so many feelings go through my mind.
Was the mother using while pregnant? Did this baby have to go through withdrawals?
It has been rough journey for this young mother and baby. I gently rock the newborn with a gentle, loving motion. I feel gratitude that there there are clean, safe places for these women with children in recovery.
There is hope, and I feel it in my soul.
During this precious hour I feel connected to these brave souls, knowing that we are all one connected to a higher purpose.
Unconditional love, if only for a few moments, will make a difference.
I feel my myself going into another realm, joining these women on a higher plane where peace, harmony and serenity take exist. The responsibilities of their world are momentarily at bay.
Holding this young life and knowing he is our future.
Holding hope that these woman continue on this stable course to recovery.
As the class ends and I prepare to leave, one of the girls asks me if it would be ok if she brought her daughter, who is four, to the class next week. I answer “YES” with a big smile, knowing that another young life could be touched by yoga. Another young yogini.
” May we all be open and accepting of all. We may look and feel different from one another, but in the end we are all “ONE”.
Namaste, Jennifer Miller