~ Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving. May it be a time to reconnect to grace and wholeness and all that which you love most ~
These times seem to oscillate between darkness and confusion, and a most resilient light and hope. I find our work with the girls truly holds this paradox of such vibrant promise for a future filled with possibility, and a great weight of responsibility towards all that lies ahead. I see it in the girls - our meetings have been more filled with tears than usual, and also quicker to dive more fully into the waters together. I see it in my family - Shaye just turned 1 (we did it!!!) and his wonderful innocence amidst smoke filled skies highlight just how complex it is to be alive right now.
We have been loving our 3 East Bay Girls Groups, and are excited to announce we are enrolling a Marin Girls Group now, to start in January 2019. We will also be at the Marin Teen Girls Conference on March 31st. We are also hosting a panel event featuring our oldest teen girls, in April. Juicy details to come.
Sending prayers of healing and support to all those affected by the fires, and anyone feeling disheartened. May we find our way back to love.
Photo Above: Our younger group's Dia De Los Muertos Altar
Excited to be facilitating this panel event on September 26th! Hope to see you there.
Voices from the Village:
An Intergenerational Panel on Youth Development
Join us for an all-ages discussion focusing on the key stages of adolescence, the role of
mindfulness, mentorship and rites of passage in building confidence and resilience,
and other important issues facing teens and families today.
Wednesday September 26th, 6:30-8:30pm, Marin
@ Tilden Preparatory School, 1050 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
I’m 8 months into enlightenment parenting and it’s kicking my ass. I’m learning from the master Bubbi BooBoo the art of feeling the feelz and moving on, instantly - that every moment is a choice I’m being offered.
So today I’m going to pretend this was it, this sunshine baby in a tunnel kissing pure cuteness moment. Because really, none of that other stuff is worth being stuck somewhere else, when all you ever want is to not miss this.
Ending the day humble, exhausted and slightly wounded.
I got my moon cycle for the first time since last January. 18 months.
18 months ago we decided we were ready to be a family.
18 months ago another human began their creation inside of me.
18 months ago my Moon yielded to my Son.
Today, my Son yields to my Moon.
This time with milk in breasts and baby in arms.
Since the seed of my child was planted, his rhythms have been my own. His growth, his birth, has also been mine. Our process has been one. But now, something is separating, something inevitable.
Tides greater than both of us are pulling on me again.
Pushing my system back to it's own rhythm.
Pulling me away ever so slightly.
A forced return.
The inevitability of separation is so bittersweet. It makes you nostalgic for what's barely even gone. It makes you admit what you care about most. It makes your love even more tender.
So today, I honor the blood and the tidal wave of motherhood.
Thank you to the Life that makes us, moves us, and keeps us soft.
Happy new mama moon to me.
EMILY FROST is an artist and mentor working with youth and families in the Bay Area. She is the founder of LOVE YOUR NATURE, a movement devoted to girls and women awakening to their inherent wisdom, power, and purpose.