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As a Mother: my Mother's Day wish

Goodness, I’m already tired of seeing and reading about the cover. You know the one, right? I don’t really have to show you again, do I? I don’t know many mothers that feel supported by that photo. Actually, it feels more like making fun of, accusing, and belittling all mothers, not simply those who choose to practice extended breastfeeding. This photo, with its accusatory headline is laughing at all mothers: “Are you mother enough?” And the thing is, most people won’t even bother reading the article. They’ll make uneducated judgements... read more

idiots, cultivating openness

Think about the most extremely oppositional viewpoint to yours on, say…heterosexuality, polyandry, the right to bear arms, corporate tax shelters, global warming, co-sleeping with your kids, breeding dogs, stem cell research, abortion rights. While you’re at it, you may as well consider Third World debt relief and wearing white past Labor Day. Imagine the Idiot who disagrees with you. Picture the pathetic fool who is actually daft, dense, narrow-minded enough to believe that human beings originated from [insert your theory here.] Or that Britney Spears’ take... read more

Why Reconcile

“The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.”   -Thich Nhat Hanh The majority of relationships fail from our collective inability to make peace with each other. We watch our long-term investments of loving connection wither on the vine rather than take the courageous steps of seeking reconciliation. We are confounded by our egos into believing that being right makes us stronger than being loving. In actuality there is no more powerful exhibition of human capacity than that of forgiveness, which is why it... read more

A Quiet Place: The Assault on Freedom of Conscience

Issue 153 - March/April 2009 by Peggy O'Mara, Editor and Publisher As a new reader of Mothering in 1977, I was especially interested in the letters about circumcision and vaccinations. In fact, one of the first things I did when I bought the magazine in 1980 was to arrange the letters under specific headings so that readers could more easily follow the ongoing dialogues. As the editor of Mothering, I see circumcision and vaccination as two of many issues that fall under the broader umbrella of informed consent or freedom of conscience. Sometimes people will... read more

What Are Essential Oils?

Essentials oils are the highly volatile (easily vaporized) fluid constituents found in plants.  Within the plants themselves, their role is to act as regulators, aid in adaptation to stressful environments, provide protection against diseases, parasites and in some areas, the sun, to help attract insects for pollination, and as natural weed killers. The amount of essential oil is highly variable from plant to plant, and even within a plant itself, as different parts of a plant will produce different essential oils.  For example, from one plant you might... read more

building trust and other tactical bullshit that you probably don't need

I was on my way to a speaking gig in Austin, Texas. The taxi driver picked me up from the hotel so naturally he asked me if I was in town for business. “Sure am.” I said. Then he asked what I did. (A question that always makes me sigh heavily inside. I teach people about the importance of having a “cocktail line,” so lest I be a hypocrite, I have a smooth one liner that I can pull out at parties. This is NOT it:) “I write, and I speak…on stage…n’ stuff.” (Severely LAME intro, my Fire Starter Sessions readers would be aghast.) “You’re taking me to my gig... read more

Essential Oils - More Than Just a Pretty Smell

We all know that essential oils smell great, but did you also know that they have numerous medicinal properties and applications? I had no idea until relatively recently that they were capable of having tremendous effects on the body. While I have used herbs for a long time in my approach to health and healing, I hadn’t yet learned the true value of essential oils and their place within a holistic approach to health. My love and study of essential oils began when a colleague and partner of mine, for whom I have great respect, recommended that I buy a few... read more

what is your relationship to...life?

I’m not sure there is a bigger question than this. It bears repeating: what…is…your relationship to life? I was in Kauai in the fall and read Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth between beaches. And this question of his became my walking, rambling, meditation. “What is my relationship…to LIFE?!” Daunting. Spectacular. Galvanizing. Perhaps my favourite question of all time. It opened the floodgates of inquiry for me. I spiraled it backwards to look at my relationship to my man, my child, my families of blood and soul … my portals of connectivity and on good... read more

Love With Wendy: Staying With Yourself

“The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself.” -Michel de Montaigne I am convinced that the most significant and meaningful change we can make within all of our relationships begins with our foundational ability to relate to our selves. This teaching is ancient and lies at the heart of every spiritual discipline.  The Buddha summed it up saying:  “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” Not only is our capacity for self-love the most challenging healing for most of us to master, but our... read more

Vermont Considers Ending Philosophical Vaccine Exemption

The debate in Vermont continues as the state considers ending the right to a philosophical vaccine exemption for families. The exemption currently allows parents to say no to vaccines for their children and still send them to public school or child care. Vermont is one of twenty states that allow such an option for parents. Vocal opponents of the exemption state that it  jeopardizes “herd immunity,” putting the community at risk.  Others see it as a vital right that allows families to make informed health decisions without excluding them from important... read more

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