Rank #1: Toxic Relationships
How do you manage the unhealthy relationships in your life, and how do you ensure you can love them without letting their reality become yours?
Get the full show notes at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-toxic-relationships
Rank #2: Are you seeking adventure together?
Do you seek adventure together as a family, or are you banking on being able to get to that "one day"? Listen to the podcast on this new "Seek Adventure Together" season, and let us know your biggest questions! Read the full podcast notes with all the links and goodness at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-seek-adventure-together
Rank #3: Are You Internally Motivated?
How are we internally motivated? True learning comes from that desire and hunger to acquire a skill or knowledge based on an area of interest or need to know. As we dig into the concept of delight-led learning, it's looking at how we are internally motivated that is the best fuel for true growth and comprehension. There is a little something for everyone here...if you like to read, your blog post is below. If you're more visual, check out my video! And for those of you who listen to podcasts online, all the great show notes are added in here as well! Every week we address this... where are we? This week we're in Blythe County Regional Park in Brunswick, Georgia, enjoying family, nature, and lots and lots of bunnies! And what are we doing? Connecting - with each other, with nature, and learning about this beautiful world we live in.What Is Your Genius?
What is the peculiar bent of your own genius? Marie Forleo puts it well by her closing tagline, "the world needs that little something that only you have." Do you give room to explore what lies within? In this week's podcast, we address how we focus on delight-led learning and being inspired. It has to do with being internally motivated, and following your passions to learn new things.
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Save Save It can be hard to shut down things your children love. However, there are times we have no choice. If wi-fi is suddenly gone, we have to make do. If the video player is broken, it's not always an instant fix. And somehow, somehow, our children still survive. So if something is sucking up all their time and energy to the determinant of them exploring something else, maybe it's time to take a break.Screens are One Way...What are Others?
There are more ways to take in information and learn beyond simply observing a screen. The more interaction, the better. Life is interactive and hands-on, so get out and explore! Some ways to pursue delight-led learning:
- Start out with a curiosity board - grab magazines with different areas of interest, get out drawing materials or paints. Create a Pinterest board.
- Watch Ted Talks and documentaries
- Shadow or apprentice someone in that profession
- Take field trips - go to the library, nature centers, community centers, playgrounds, museums, hikes, plays, concerts and more.
- Interview individuals who are doing something in your area of interest. Have a conversation with them about what they love about their job.
- Create. Have a full creativity day with materials but no agenda. See what develops.
Life is a constant period of growth. Try new things. It doesn't mean you have to commit to it for the rest of your life. Allow for variables. Keep your constant as love and connection, not a certain curriculum or routine. As we grow, our interests and needs will change. Sometimes we are hesitant to pursue our dreams for fear it's a lifelong commitment. Be open to learning and growing and how that evolves. Sometimes a natural evolution happens that morphs them from an original dream to something completely new and undiscovered.How Are You Internally Motivated?
If you want to have children inspired to learn, let them see you light up with your own growth. Create accountability partners with your children. Ask them to help you be the life-long learner you want to be. It empowers them and earns you the right to push them to do the same. How did you learn how to...use the internet, do a podcast show, sell real estate or drive a car? When we are internally motivated we do what we need to do to learn something new. [caption id="attachment_6383" align="aligncenter" width="561"] Who knows what stories they will come up with? In our cousin time this week, they had a lineup to discuss this topic: "What is your superpower?" The answers were amazing![/caption] Your Challenge this week - create a curiosity board - all of you. What are common interests? What are those random curiosities that may light up that "bent of genius" in your family? Care for some Q&A? Hit us with any questions you have regarding education/school in your home. Ask in the Mama Says Namaste or Unschooling Families Facebook groups. If we reference you on the podcast, we will also send you a free “Mamaste” shirt – fresh off the presses! And remember, if you’re liking what you hear, we want to hear from you! • Subscribe, rate and review on whatever platform you listen • Post your comments/questions in the Mama Says Namaste Facebook Community • Reach out and talk to us!
Rank #4: Difficult Conversations You Want To Avoid
How do navigate those conversations you don’t want to have with the people you may not choose to be around except for those “special” occasions? We’re discussing boundaries today, and getting back to what is most important for you, and what you actually can control. We all know those toxic relationships that rear their ugly heads, and, guess what. You actually have the power to steer the ship. Get the full show notes at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-difficult-people
Rank #5: True Parent Struggles: FOOD
Tired of food battles with kids? Ready to have a different perspective on mealtime and how to navigate picky eaters? Look no further.
Check out this podcast episode and full show notes at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-food-battles-with-kids
Rank #6: 100 Ways to Happy - Full Family Episode!
This week we celebrate 100 episodes with "100 Ways To Happy" - we're joined by our three daughters, ages 6,9 & 12 to talk about how we shift out of negativity and choose happiness as a verb in our lives.
We share multiple resources and more in the full show notes at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-choose-happy
Rank #7: Parenting Styles - the dos and don'ts
Are you an authoritative parent, an attachment parent, authoritarian or permissive parent? What are all the styles out there, the pros and cons, and how do you figure out what style works for you?
Nathan and Ashley hash out the research-backed parenting styles and address their situational vs. lifestyle approach of simply creating a family-centered home.
Get the full show notes at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-parenting-styles
Rank #8: My Marriage Sucks
Hopefully this isn’t what you’re thinking. But if it is, check out this podcast. Marriage isn’t a one-time commitment, but a daily practice. It’s a choice to love and connect, each and every day. It’s a beautiful habit you create. Don’t think “what do I have to do today?” It’s, “what do I choose to prioritize today?”
Get the full show notes at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-my-marriage-sucks
Rank #9: True Parent Struggles: Transitions
Struggling with transitions with kids in your home? Transitions for preschoolers is tough enough, but really, transitions in life are simply something we all have to learn how to navigate. From personal experience, I will tell you transitions are MUCH easier to navigate when you know the personality style of the person going through them. Learn more in this episode on the Mama Says Namaste Podcast: www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-transitions-with-kids
Rank #10: TPS: Attitude, Listening and Life Skills
In our final wrap up to this True Parent Struggles series, we address the other issues our listeners have shared with us - all about kids copping an attitude, not listening, and just struggling with basic life skills.
Get the full show notes at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-attitude
Rank #11: GUIDED MEDITATION: 15 minute meditation for happiness and family
Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Today we meditate to create. We focus on intention to create the life we want, instead of simply hoping it will fall in our lap. I've been diving into meditation this year, and as our family has listened to so many guided meditations, I decided to create some of our own. Listen to this to start out your day. Grab 15 minutes of silence, or play your favorite meditation music in the background as you listen to the spoken words. Below is the full transcript, yet I encourage you to close your eyes and only listen.
Breathe in, breathe out. It's a new year, it's a new day, it's a new life... Did you know that you can actually wake up every day and say this? We hold so much anticipation for the new year - that THIS is when you make your resolutions, lay out your goals, and make a change in your life. Yet we have the beautiful opportunity to do this each and every day. We don't have to wait until January 1st to begin. As I'm recording this, we're ten days in, and some of you are already beating yourselves up for what you haven't actually done. Those great intentions of a daily run have been completely nixed as temperatures have plummeted outside. There are still too many great leftovers in the kitchen to really start that healthy eating plan. And the kids are still reeling from the sugar rush and weeks of excess, so you're now considering a completely different kind of bootcamp just to get your sanity back.
Remember, today is a new day. Today is the day you sit down and write the script for your future. You set the intention for today. Because this is a beautiful moment, and it's yours completely.
Get into a comfortable position. Lying down may mean you fall asleep. But then again, if you fall asleep, it may be that rest is what your body needs. So lie down, sit crosslegged, or even hang out in child's pose - it's a great way to really turn inward with your face down.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Soak in what is happening right now. Pay attention to your body. How do you feel? What is it telling you? Start at the crown of your head and feel it. Have you ever just stopped and paid attention to the way your head feels? Simply putting your attention on each part - your scalp, your temples, your forehead, around your eyes, the back of your head...take a deep breath in. Feel that breath going down through your body. As you exhale, tilt your head down and feel the beautiful stretch in your neck.
Focus your thoughts on the point where your neck and your head meet. Although your head may not be the heaviest part of your body, there is a lot of weight here - that heaviness in your mind - those thoughts of all the things you need to do, frustrations from the day, and feelings about who you are...or wish you could be...deep breath in. Gather it all up. All the heavy weight and emotion. Grab it up in a big bear hug and release it. Exhale and let it free. Send love to your mind. Light, airy, filled with grace. Feel your head get lighter and that spot where your head and neck meet get stronger as it has been released.
Move down to your shoulders. We're going to do a mental massage here. With your mind, feel the release of your shoulders just like someone rubbing the muscles - from the center of your spine out, over each shoulder, squeezing and massaging. Feel the tension ease out. Pay attention to what is left, and the strength in your body. Work down from your shoulders, and focus on your spine. As you work your way down the spine, imaging your back parting like the Red Sea - a flowing wave of water, with your muscles being eased and pushed outward from the spine as you scan all the way down it. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.
As the waves flow out, feel your arms. Let the ripple of release course through your fingertips. Feel how your body lets go of the tension, the tightness and pressure, simply by placing intentional focus on it. Your mind is a powerful thing. Shining light on those areas of your body where you hold tension immediately allows your body to assess...is this true? Is this helpful to my body? Is this something I want to hold on to? Breathe in. Breathe out.
You make this choice. We can be held victims of our own pain simply by allowing it to run us. Yet we have a choice. Focusing our attention on the tightness and acknowledging it, we give it respect. We acknowledge that it's there, and we assess what may be going on deeper. Pain, tension, stress and anger don't like force. Sometimes we try to fight it out. We say pain, be gone! When all pain wants is to be acknowledged; for you to stop movement and recognize its place in your body. Do that, and release it go. Send love with every ounce of being to that feeling of stress, tension or anger in you.
Release it. Love it.
At this point we are halfway through your body. You have a wave of love that is gently washing over the heaviness and you are starting to feel a lot lighter. Send your focus to the hips. Imagine hands on each side of your hips bringing down your muscles from your hips down your thighs, pushing out any tension and tightness. Sink your hips deeper into your relaxing position. Let go of any weight you've been holding in and allow for a full release. Feel all the way down your legs, again that wave of love washing over you. Breathe in. On your breath out, allow love and calm to flow all the way through your body again. Breathe in. Breathe out.
There is so much more to us than simply this body. We are surrounded by energy, and that energy flows around and within us. Above you, there is a bright white light. Visualize it pouring over you like a waterfall of warm water, warming your head, your neck, your shoulders, your back. Your hips, your legs, and shooting that heat, that calming heat, all the way out your toes. In your mind's eye, imagine your whole body now glowing with white light. You are airy, calm, and full of peace. This is where you create your intention.
You've been completely focused, calm, and allowing flow within your body. At the same time, I've spoken intention and you've visualized and created these feelings through your body. You have the power to do this all throughout the day. As you go about your day today, keep this same focus. Before reacting, simply observe. Notice your surroundings, what's going on, without attaching any emotion to it.
Shine your light of focus, and create the intention for how you want to approach it. Not dictating how everyone else should act, but how YOU will respond. You write the script for your reaction. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Today, as you are surrounded by your children, make it a point to stop, get at your child's level, and see them exactly as they are in that moment. Take that bright light of love that is glowing in you, and pass it to your child. Visualize it flowing out of you and through your child's crown - on the top of their head, all through their body. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Today, look your partner in their eyes. Pause and simply look at each other and hold the gaze. Share your light with them, and send it through your eyes into theirs. Touch them. Go even further and touch them like this meditation touched you, moving over their body in a way to send love and help them to release. Your cup is full, and you are able to fully give and connect with your partner. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Today is your opportunity to approach everything and everyone with love, peace, and kindness. As you go about your day, approach every stressful moment with observation, and the knowledge that you have a choice. Will this run you, ruin you, or control your reaction? Or can you simply observe and choose love. Love yourself. Love this moment. Love what is. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Don't map out every second. Free your agenda and expectations to take the day off. Today you are love. Today you are present. Today, at this moment, you have lightness within and around you. May you be safe. May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease. Breathe in. Breathe out.
This is the happiness mantra. Repeat this with me. May I be safe. May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I live with ease. May I be safe. May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I live with ease. May I be safe. May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I live with ease.
Don't get so focused on the "idea" of what has to be, and simply set the intention for today. For each day is viewed through our own lens, and we get to adjust the focus. My soul recognizes your soul. I honor the light, love, beauty, truth and kindness because it is also within me. We are all interconnected. We are love. Namaste.
Rank #12: Nomad-Friendly Income Ideas
People dream of grand adventures and all of the fun they’ll have “one day.” Yet so often, that dreaded word “work” holds us back. Is your work drudgery that you are forced to do to “be a responsible adult”? Are you stressed and exhausted and wishing there were a better way? A location independent lifestyle isn’t just confined for those who want to be an entrepreneur - and it’s not just about travel. There are mindset shifts that will help you take ownership of the life you want to live, no matter what you do. Check out this blog and listen to the podcast for 3 perspective shifts and 9 tips on income generation beyond the norm. www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/location-independent-income
Rank #13: Countercultural Children (Episode 97)
Do you have a countercultural child who struggles with fitting in? How do you support a child that comes out as queer or makes a lifestyle choice that differs from what your family follows? It's a tough thing to navigate, and we answer a listeners question in this weeks' episode.
Get the full notes and resources at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-countercultural-child
Rank #14: My Kids Won't Go To Bed!
"My kids won't go to bed" tends to be the complaint I hear repeatedly from parents, and it's not just the infant stage. Bedtime battles can be the bane of families throughout parenting, and it's so important for us to get a handle on it. Because let's face it - this is not going to go away. It's this crazy thing that happens every. single. night.
Rank #15: How to Nip Parenting Struggles In The Bud
Sometimes life is not perfect, and things don’t go as planned. We all have those parenting struggles: we’re tired, sick, and overwhelmed. Whether it’s your great intentions for blissful bedtimes or a broader realization that your life is not what you hoped it to be, this isn’t a time to throw in the towel.
It’s time to course-correct, and we’ll share with you what that means in this weeks’ episode on the Mama Says Namaste Podcast!
Get the full show notes with all the goodness at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-parenting-struggles
Rank #16: Money, Marriage & Mountain Lions
Nathan shares his story of coming up face-to-face with a mountain lion in Washington, and we tackle the biggest mountain in marriage - finances. Come over to www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-finances for the full scoop!
Rank #17: Homeschooling Rebuttals (Episode 61)
"But what about socialization? How will you meet all requirements? How will they get into college?" If you homeschool in any variation, you've most likely heard these questions. Here is the podcast episode full of homeschooling rebuttals to make anyone question the past and look for the future. Get the full show notes at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-homeschooling-rebuttals
Rank #18: The HOW for Homeschooling, Minimalism and Full Time Travel
Last week we started to dig into the question "how did you take the plunge into full time travel?" We've been RVing the States full-time for almost two years now, and just recently celebrated landing in our 48th state!
Last week we addressed the "why" - the personality styles in our home and the relationships we hold so dear. This week, we laid out the process that got us to this point - assessing schooling options, minimalism, and finally hitting the road.
Rank #19: Unhurried Spaciousness - 5 steps for the new year
Do you have a word for the year? We’ve done this over the past several years, choosing a word or theme to help us set our intention for the year. We’ve explored Awe, One Day, and Focus…so what is our word this year…and how do you identify yours?
Check out the FULL show notes at www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-unhurried-spaciousness
Rank #20: Connecting, Screentime, Challenges and Overwhelm
Looking for insights but overwhelmed with where to start? This week we dive into four hot topics for parents - connecting with our kids, dealing with overwhelm, navigating screen time and parenting kids with challenges. We’ll share our thoughts as well as info on The Mom Conference! Get the full notes and see videos on the Mom Conference here: www.MamaSaysNamaste.com/podcast-mom