September ’16 Meeting Recap

Our first meeting was on Thursday, September 15th and nearly 50 moms joined us to learn more about the 2016-17 Mom’s Morning Retreat year.

journal-with-sloganIt was jam packed – with moms, with children and with discussion to introduce our year of “Mapping Your One Wild and Precious Life” theme.
Our theme for this year, inspired by Mary Oliver’s poem The Summer Day
, seeks to draw our attention to being idle, to being blessed, to strolling; living in a way to honor this life, and knowing how to pay attention to what you did all day.  The poem invites us to a heart opening and scary question to confront…what will you do with your life? It’s powerful and challenging, and perhaps intended to not be answered.
Bev said that ‘never will this room look like this again,’ the room of our first meeting, this year, on this day at the 9:30am hour.  Many questions came up from our participants, and Bev suggested that these questions get considered by each of us in layers.
  • What does the best or success really look like for me?
  • What is a beautiful life?
  • How do you give permission to yourself to not have to accomplish anything each day?
  • What will I do with this life? NOW?
  • When life goes sideways, how do you map your life and what tracks do you make?
  • How do you make sense of the constant struggle between what needs to get done and being a good mom?
  • Where does a mom find a place to let the darkness our and share with others so that you can see the light?
  • What does it mean to be honest? Why is it scary and take such great courage?
  • How do you build a willingness to see what is really here, not only the fantasy?
  • How does one make the overwhelming large world that we live in, small and with much space?
  • Can one play the big hand in life and always go big…and come out on the lucky side?
  • One can be “good” at a job, at life, but does one always want to be?
  • What is my plan and are these things helping me or keeping me from my best life? How do I say no?
Mom’s Morning Retreat is a safe space to talk about all the emotions that we feel and experience as moms and to have people present who can hold that space for each and all of us.  It is a place of somatic sense as a great gift to ourselves, to notice the physical impacts and wisdom that can oft only come through the body experiences and the heart.
We hope to help one another grow capacity to being mindful in our every day, to focus on each moment, bringing peace and allowing life to go in the direction that it wants and we want it to take.  We will acknowledge the darkness as well as the light, how things do not always go as planned and appreciate the authenticity of living.
Together, let’s talk about what we want from our one wild and precious life and witness the struggle that can create – the struggle to believe that you can give yourself permissions, that you deserve a life of your own in addition to the one you create as a mom, as a partner, as a daughter, as part of a family. MMR is a place for us to replenish and belong among a community of women and mothers.
So our theme asks you:
  • What helps you? What is your North star?
  • What is your compass paying attention to?
  • Where did you begin your journey?
  • Where along your journey are you now?
  • Where will your map lead you?
  • What do you want to take with you? What do you want to leave behind?