As some of you may know, from time to time, I’ve promised to give updates on the ongoing odyssey of medicating my eight-year-old son. So far we’ve been through all the hyper-acting medications, which, when they work right, are designed to have the opposite effect, allowing him to focus and be present in ways that allow his brilliant, incredibly sweet and loving nature to shine. The unfortunate side-effect of this last course was complete and unexpected appetite suppression. My string-bean indigo who is fussy about food to begin with lost four pounds last month. Coupled with his teacher’s mixed reports which proved inconsistent effectiveness at school, it was clearly time to move on to a new line of medicines, which I pray will act differently on the body.
I am hopeful this new round will do the trick because no matter what I think, the most important thing is for my guy to experience all that life has to offer — school, play, hobbies, interaction with family and friends, self-love, joy — in ways that can profoundly connect to his higher, most wonderful self. Anyone who doesn’t believe this is the correct arc for my son, or for any child dealing with subtle, yet persistent issues that often are difficult to classify, should find medication THEY can take. But today, on this beautiful early April day, I want to focus on brighter things.
Gratitude comes in all forms and flavors. I have gratitude for many things, including my children, my wonderful honey, my voice, my writing. And this week I express gratitude for a wonderful inaugural event that took place this past Thursday — the first of many Divas-Do-Lunch get-togethers.
I’ve been writing about if for a while, so for those of you who know, please bear with me. Divas-Do-Lunch is an idea I had to bring women from many different backgrounds, but with like minds, together for a luncheon that includes networking, good food, and a short presentation by yours truly. My talk was the kick-off in a series of discussions about what it’s like to empower us girls, to connect back to ourselves, to find that omnipresent, if not somewhat underused, Diva within and give her a much-needed hug.
In this first meeting I introduced the powerful idea that everyone has a Diva within, no matter if you’re a singer, accountant, mom, or basket weaver; and that D.I.V.A is more than a noun, it’s a verb/acronym which stands for Divinely Inspired Vigorous Attunement. The teaching is, Diva isn’t just who we are, it’s a way to bring a higher vibration into our daily lives by following some pretty basic principles I outlined in my talk.
For those of you interested in learning more, I invite you to come to my next Divas-Do-Lunch get-together, the details of which will be forthcoming. Oh, and in case you were wondering, each and every get-together we will make room for newcomers AND will build upon what was covered in previous talks, so there will always be something for everyone whether you’re new to the forum or a veteran.
Finally, Sunday April 3rd, was the new moon. In astronomical terminology, the new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the moon in its monthly orbital motion around Earth, lies between Earth and the Sun, and is therefore in conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. At this time, the dark (un-illuminated) portion of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye.
From my faith tradition I have the added bonus of celebrating the new month of Nissan (the Hebrew month coinciding with April). This is technically the “first” month of the Jewish calendar. To honor the invigorating New Moon energy, the fresh start of the Jewish calendar, and the new Spring, I celebrated the day by writing New Moon affirmation lists with my children.
Together we typed, wrote and drew representations of all the things that we hoped, prayed, and wished for in celebration of the New Moon and budding Spring season. Though there is no “proper” way to do these lists, I highly recommend writing one and saving it until next year.
Like a time capsule, it’s wonderful to be able to look back and see where your thoughts were intentions were, not to mention capturing your kids vibrant imagination, adorably sloppy handwriting and crude drawings. The moon will shine and hide its face as it goes through its phases just as our children do. But today, I found a way to capture the transient beauty of it all.
Though I happen to be fond of my own list, I think the best wishes came from my children. I am especially proud of my daughter, who graciously agreed to let me share what she had written. I hope her list inspires you to create New Moon wishes that can serve you this Spring and for many moons beyond.
New Moon Wishes:
- For a healthy world
- For no more abuses
- For that people in any time of need get help
- For world peace
- A sweet and happy life
- For love to find its way
- For everyone to have a place they call home
- That everyone gets along
BIO: By day Shira Adler is a cantor, spiritual vocalist, certified pastlife regressionist, voice-over artist, producer, performer, writer/blogger and mompreneur and by night… well, she is actually the same person at night though she does admit to wearing fuzzy socks when no one can see her and hiding a secret stash of Mallomars somewhere near her writing desk for those late night pick-me-ups. In, around, and between her various work activities, she is raising two beyond-the-spectrum children as a single mom (though lovingly gives a shout out to her best friend, editor and soulmate whom she considers the bees knees). Is it any wonder her website’s tag line is One Voice Many Paths? Seriously, look up the definition of a multi-tasking Mama and you will find her picture there. But when it comes to living a life of connection, faith and consciousness Shira is the gal to call — or if you’re fresh out of Mallomars — she’s always happy to give you one. For more information visit: ShiraAdler.com, read her blog at Diva-Mama.com; Social: Twitter (1DivaMama), Facebook (DivaMama1), Tumblr (not really sure, but the name is cute) and LinkedIn (because doesn’t everyone?).
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