April Rodeghero   CPD

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Balance

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM

     More and more I learn that life is about balance. You have to mother yourself and you have to do that first. A lot of the time, people operate from this place of having to get stuff done. I do this and feel stressed, and then get reminded in one way or another, to slow down for a minute. Each and every time I follow that reminder and sit down I am more productive after I take that moment to be calm. More importantly I feel better, and generally whomever is around me feels better, and more taken care of with a calm April, than they did with the manic one who was getting everything done.

     Somehow I became the mother of a three year old. She teaches me more about balance every day than I had learned in my whole life until she was born. She is the first to tell me to sit down, to hold her and just be. I am drawn to doing what she suggests because she is right. We switch off in roles of who is mothering who in sublte ways.

     I also learn this lesson of balance from watching my partner and a few of my close friends. I try to pay attention to what they do that I could do better.

 

 

     This is my version of balance.  Taking care of me, mothering me, so that when there is toddler screaming, I dont revert back to the child self that was screamed at. Looking at how my reaction to things says more about me, than it says about the situation. I have started to notice and bounce these ideas about balance around in my head a little bit and I realize that this is about health too. This is the place where my personal and professional life collide.

 

 

     You have to take care of yourself better when you are a caregiver for anyone else. To be the strongest and most healthfully vibrant you can be, you cannot ignore your physical, mental or spiritual health. A friend of mine, Trina, sings a song that serves as a great reminder of this balance/health/mothering lesson.

 

Here are some of the lyrics from the song

Go here to hear it: http://trinabrunk.bandcamp.com/track/who-teaches-the-teacher

 

who teaches the teacher?

who opens the eyes

to whom do I go when I’m hoping to show

how to walk in a way that is wise?

 

who mothers the mother

when the days are so long?

who strengthens my pace when I’m holding the space

for generations to come?

 

come

back to your source

there’s just one force

in all we are looking for

here

deep in the heart

miracles start

just open the door

 

(interlude)

 

come

back to your source

there’s just one force

in all we are looking for

here

deep in the heart

miracles start

just open the door

 

who heals the healer,

who fills the well?

my soul knows the answers

when I listen she tells

I can search the whole world from mountain to sea

but she brings me back home again to me

 

So I am going to listen to this song and remember to take care of myself. The world deserves that.

 

 http://www.trinabrunk.com/ go here to learn about Trina!

Peace,

April

 

 

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