I love this Mother Teresa quote :: If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. It resonates with me because I know how I important my job is. I feel the enormous responsibility I have as a mom to raise our children to be loving and compassionate beings who will, in turn, bestow unconditional love upon their own children. The two little pebbles I am gifting to this glorious lake may seem insignificant against its vast expanse, but I know their ripples will improve it forever. They will add to its splendor and make it more beautiful than ever before.
It’s a collective window into our Waldorf and simple-living Instagram posts, bringing us all together and giving us a place where we can connect. If you want to be found by other Waldorf.Everyday followers, simply tag your posts with #waldorfeveryday . Each day, I’ll choose a tagged post to feature along with some beautiful words to inspire. If I feature your post,’ll tag you, of course.
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Here are some recent features :
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Beautiful photo from @jodimockabee
Raw foods contain the sunlight energies that are stored in their tissues through the process of photosynthesis. Rudolf Steiner
Just as we do not give full responsibility to children in questions of daily life because their faculty of judgment is not fully developed, so, too, we should not give them full responsibility for their nutrition by granting all of their wishes and cravings. Adults must lay the foundation, with consideration for particular likes and dislikes that a child may have.
Adults have a special responsibility to children in choosing their food and nutrition. A small child can not differentiate between “healthy” or “unhealthy,” “desired” or “less-desired.” Today, learning to eat right is more important than ever before since many products, such as sweets, are produced with children in mind and marketed directed to children in a wide variety of advertisements. WaldorfLibrary.org
Warmth is probably one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. Not only the warmth of our love but also keeping their physical bodies warm. Children are developing their bodies especially during the first 7 years of their lives. An infant and a young child will always feel warm unless they are on the verge of hypothermia because they have an accelerated metabolic rate. If we don’t provide them with the layers of cotton, silk, and wool to insulate their bodies, then they must use some of their potential “growth” energy to heat their bodies. This same energy would be better utilized to further develop their brains, hearts, livers, lungs etc. In addition, being cold decreases immunity. We are all more susceptible to the germs and viruses that are always around us when we are wet and cold. When our body has to expend extra energy to keep warm then less energy is available to “fight” off infections. Susan R. Johnson, MD.
Mamas, we all strive and struggle and want to create conditions for our children to have the very best childhood. I want to remind you today, to remind yourself everyday, they do. They have you. And each day is a new day with something simple to celebrate. It’s already there. Ease up on yourself. (I include myself here) It is not about the decorations or crafts. It is about what lives in your heart.
Take your child in your arms or on your lap, have a good snuggle or rocking time. Just be present. Be there with yourself, and your child. Play a lap game or a finger play. Tell a story from your childhood, something simple that you remember.
This really is the foundation of rhythm. Of being present in the moment. Of simplifying the activities in the day so that we (me included) can just be here in the moment. Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie.
An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You stop merely looking forward to special events. You begin to live in each moment and you start feeling like a human being. You just ride the wave that is life, with this feeling of contentment and joy. You move fluidly, steadily, calm and grateful. A veil is lifted, and a whole new perspective is born. — Unknown
The trouble is, you think you have time – Buhdda
Hope you are living in the moment today. If not, start this moment.
“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers — for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.” ~Osho
I have some beautiful places to share with you today.
Look what I found… utterly enchanting calendars for children. The illustrations are too wonderful for words. I LOVE the circular concept of this calendar. The year is circular, isn’t it… Winter leads to Spring that leads to Summer, to Autumn and back to Winter. Of course, it’s circular. How strange it must seem to a child to see the year in a grid form.
I’ve also been ‘eye-candying’ it though this blog. I can’t understand a word of it but the dreamy photos speak volumes. It has a wonderfully exotic feeling and makes me feel, for a moment or two, that I’m on vacation and on an adventure. The photos are like still life art.
A little while ago, I shared about how we are doing our kids a disservice by dreading the ‘bored’ word. About how we are keeping something really amazing FROM them if we ‘fix’ their boredom instead of letting it run it’s magical course. Boredom can be a beautiful thing.
And here’s a favorite poem I’ve memorized.
Thanks for being here today. If you visit these beautiful spaces I have shared, please let them know that you have enjoyed their magic.