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MamaBlogger365 – D.I.V.A.’s New Moon Serenades by Shira Adler, Diva Mama

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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Image credit: Shira Adler

MamaBlogger365 – Equinox and Lunar Tides by Shira Adler, Diva Mama

Spring is finally here, and not a moment too soon.

Winter was brutal this year, with record snowfall, ice, high winds, cold, and isolation befalling most of us like never before. Helpless through most it, we could only ride the wave, and I often thought that both nature and the indomitable human spirit are driven by natural forces just beyond our control. Whether physical, spiritual or emotional, like it or not, these forces become the conduit for change on the earth.

Tonight, as I sit here quietly, it seems like our planet is under siege, even more so than usual. A massive earthquake and tsunami have spelled disaster in Japan. Itʼs what I always imagined the end of the world would look like if it happened to me, but it didnʼt… it happened to them and I watched a little, before I could stand it no more and turned away.

I saw a recap of the Japan disaster on a cable news channel known for its right-wing views. I only watched a little before I felt tears welling up behind my eyes. So, I took a breath, turned off the television and walked outside to clear my head. I looked up, and there before me — hanging in the twilight, eerily, momentously, was the biggest full moon Iʼd ever seen.

The spring Equinox had arrived and brought with it a super-moon, as NASA is calling it. Wow. Iʼm no Carl Sagan, but this was big and I couldnʼt help but feel differently. I noticed a yearning for newness; an invigorating pull towards fresh beginnings and a desire to shed more than my winter clothes. I was moved to read about the super-moon, because it felt monumental, inspiring, and because I needed to take my mind off those poor souls in Japan.

I wonʼt regurgitate most of what I learned about lunar phenomena. Suffice it to say, this lunar effect is being felt by many in ways big and small and you donʼt need to be a rocket scientist, Wiccan or medicine-wheel elder to notice.

But what mattered most to me as I read about tides and rotational axis is whether weʼre dealing with a lunar pull, a tsunami or a human voice calling out from rubble striving for healing, each voice matters and has as much significance as a million.

As I thought about rockets launching in Libya and radiation exposed milk in Japan, my recent woes with my son and his school seemed small and perhaps they are. But this is exactly what the beauty of tonightʼs rare moon signals to me as spring alights my doorstep.

The heavens are brilliant because of the totality of the celestial bodies emanating at their own destined level, pace, energy and speed. It is the cosmic weave of this heavenly tapestry that reminds me we are each here for a purpose, to learn life lessons, to love and be loved, to mourn, to suffer, to rebuild and to move on.

Each lifetime is comprised of an intricate coalescing of all the events, experiences and expressions we offer as spiritual beings living a human life.

So as I write this I am reconnecting with the power of my celestial light. Being a fierce mama-bear wiling to take on any issue on behalf of my children, raising awareness and my voice is my way of trying to add some light to the vastly illuminated heavens.

Itʼs not easy competing with natural world wide disasters, so the best we can do is just be present and show up as our authentic, impeccable selves. And the rest, as they say, is in Godʼs hands.

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?).

MamaBlogger365 needs you! Tell us how you’re re-framing motherhood and help the Museum of Motherhood secure a permanent home in 2011!

Image: Zodiac with evangelists from p. 120 of La Vita Nuova (The New Life) (1910); credit Liam, From Old Books
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