Noon Wave: A Meditation

Noon Wave: A Meditation

The recording attached to this post is a meditation. It consists of preparation for meditation, the reading of a poem/prayer. and a period of reflection.

I wrote the poem “Noon Wave” in November of 2015 — before the turmoil of the 2016 Presidential campaign and election, and certainly well before we gave any thought at all to a virus family called “corona”!

It seems like a good time to bring this poem back out; most of us could use all the help calming and grounding ourselves that we can find.

 When I named the poem, I guess I was drawing on an old Catholic practice of saying a prayer called “The Angelus” every day at noon. Originally, the prayer was recited three times a day: at 6:00 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m., but in the memories of my childhood, it was said at noon — and even when I was a child, the custom was fading.

There are probably some people who still hold with this practice today, but to my mind, the idea of local church bells tolling Noon, calling the faithful to stop whatever activity they were engaged in and take a few minutes to pray, was from an older time. As an undergraduate Art major (and therefore a student of Art History), I was familiar with Millet’s famous painting that depicted a farming couple standing in their field at sunset, heads bowed as they prayed “The Angelus” together, so that’s the image I carry in my head.

Back in 2015 when I first shared this poem, it was my hope that it could be used as a way to stop each day at noon and take time to re-establish our connections to each other, to our Earth, and to our Source.

Today, I invite you to adopt that practice, if you like — but my real hope is that, whenever you use this meditation, it will bring you some measure of calm, groundedness, peace, and hope.

Confessions of a Tired Mom on Mother’s Day

Confessions of a Tired Mom on Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day! A scrumptious breakfast in bed, handmade cards from the kids, smiles and hugs, flowers and (macaroni) jewelry, tra-la-la…

Or, as many of you moms may actually experience it: cold toast with grape jelly, another Sunday of settling sibling squabbles, catching up on the laundry before the next week of work and school begins, wondering what you’re going to do with yet another pasta necklace, and wishing that, more than anything, you could have a couple hours all to yourself.

There, I’ve said it: sometimes the greatest gift a mom of young children can receive is some Alone Time. That doesn’t sound very mommy-ish, does it?  …at least, it’s not in keeping with the romanticized images shown in television commercials, greeting cards, and sales flyers.

So now I’ll say this: if you are a mom (especially one who’s taking care of young kids), not only do you deserve time to yourself—you need it (and not just one day per year!) It’s an important part of regular self-care because it gives you a chance to recharge, refresh, and renew yourself. When you take good care of yourself, you are better able to take care of your children with increased feelings of calm, clarity, and confidence.

Time to myself? How can that possibly happen? you may be asking. Single moms, employed or entrepreneur moms, moms of kids with special needs, highly-sensitive moms, etc. … how can moms with such busy, busy lives ever find time for themselves? Get creative with possibilities. Think outside the lines and color outside the box!

Next time: ingenious ways to take care of yourself while taking care of others – stay tuned!