I have been thinking a lot about my foundation and the foundation that I am laying for my family. Roots create wings and with four children, two of which are flying high now (nearly) out of the "nest" what's constantly on my mind, is how do I create the safest space here at home so not only my children feel secure and rooted but also my husband and me? I am a very routined person and I know, from experience, that the intention I set for my day begins not in my morning sit, but the moment I open my eyes and the energy that I begin distributing in our home.
I try (my hardest) to wake up at least an hour before the rest of my crew rises. I do this for two reasons... 1. I get to drink a cup of coffee alone, in quiet, blissful peace and, 2. I am truly a morning person and enjoy watching the night slowly turn to a new day full of possibilities. Outside of my sacred cup of joe, the hour is spent tending to my fur babies, unloading the dishwasher, changing the laundry and then taking a morning sit to ready my mind and spirit for the day ahead. After that, I am ready to face the day.
OK, so I am not great at sticking to any type of timeline or schedule in these early days of summer especially since, with four kids, things have to be super regimented around here during the school year just to keep everyone moving forward (because at some point Ed and I are counting on the kids actually leaving the home). Early days of summer feel like a big, long yawnnnnnnn. I did manage to post this pic last week of my interpretation of Satya, which is the second of the Yamas and simply mean's speaking truthfully but speaking your truth in a way that does not cause harm (Ahimsa baby), because let's face it folks, sometimes the truth can hurt... and you shouldn't tell your BFF that her new hair color makes her look like a lunatic.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks I will be journeying through the Yamas & Niyamas using photography. I'll be posting an image showcasing my interpretation of each Yama & Niyama and follow that up with some thoughts. It's not my idea though so I have to give big props to my friend Kate Baldwin over at Yoga Revolutionaries (www.yogarevolutionaries.com) for the inspiration!