Motherhood and Mindfulness SummitI was asked to participate in a summit on motherhood and mindfulness by Australian mom and intuitive coach Carla Wood. To speak about motherhood via intuition within the realm of parenting adopted children.

The focus of the Motherhood and Mindfulness Summit is to help moms discover their inner genius and ignite the extraordinary in their families. Parenting is demanding, the most challenging job you will ever have. Adoption can make it more so.

I know and work with so many moms who are deeply committed to being a sensational parent, a “Super Mom.” You might be one of them. But sometimes, even though you do and say the right things, you might find yourself dissatisfied, or unhappy. You might feel as though you are floundering and disconnected. You might find that you question yourself.

Why? Possibly because you have forgotten you. You have left yourself out of the equation because you are so wrapped up in parenting your child. Possibly your energy is depleted.

Have you ever felt this way? Sometimes? Often?

So, what if you let go of “Super Mom” and replaced her with your own unique genius and wisdom?

The Motherhood and Mindfulness Summit has been created to show you that motherhood can be as magical as you dreamed it could be. Discover how you can:

  • Use mindfulness to connect with your unique inner genius
  • Implement practical strategies and easy mindful techniques for busy mums
  • Guide and support your children to be their amazing selves
  • Deepen your relationship with yourself and your family members
  • Find your magic

The Motherhood and Mindfulness Summit runs from June 30th through July 20th and can be accessed online for free through this link.

My interview is July 8th, and while I hope you will tune-in and listen to my interview with Carla, I encourage you to tune-in each day to listen to each of the 21 women listed below to hear a remarkable tapestry of personal stories and topics that will inspire you, including:

  • Connected and conscious relationships and communicating
  • Leading edge child development and self-awareness tools
  • What intuition and inner genius feels like and how to recognize it
  • Mindfulness for all moms including specific strategies for single moms and moms who parent adopted children
  • How your family is the best self development and spiritual tool you can have
  • How to move through and let go of “common” but harmful parenting beliefs
  • Igniting passion in ourselves to keep our children shining brightly in our world
  • Connecting to your inner health wisdom, for you and your family
  • Mindful communication strategies

Motherhood and Mindfulness Summit Speakers

 Jeanne Ohm. Jennifer Barham-Floreani. Sandi Schwartz. Laurentine ten Bosch. Lori Petro. Jessica Rector. Michelle Barr. Heather Chauvin. Vicki Savini. Jill Hope. Stephanie Pedersen. Judy M Miller. Sharon Silver. Rosina McAlpine. Elena Lipson. Shelley Lefkoe. Carolin Hauser. Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova. Lisa Bogel & Kaya Jongen. Karina Ladet. Amy Taylor-Kabbaz.

In reality, we all have our own beautiful offering as moms. We are in a unique and powerful position to make change, for our families and ourselves.

Are you ready to show your brilliance? Step into your own power as a mom.

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Listen To Your Mother, Mike Washington Photography

Listen To Your Mother, Mike Washington Photography

It has been quite a while since I have posted. I have been busy with “projects”—producing and directing Listen To Your Mother, preparing for and presenting at a national conference, preparing for an international summit on motherhood and mindfulness, and working on my new book, Writing to Heal Adoption Grief: Making Connections & Moving Forward.

I had a lovely patio-dinner with several close girlfriends the other night. We are an international bunch. Our 16-year-olds daughters, also at the same restaurant and dining inside immersed in their own chick-time, are even more so. Our girls are adopted and non-adopted, represent four cultures and three continents; between them they speak six languages. They date young men who do not resemble them physically. They are compassionate, empathetic and open, and this is what our mom-conversation centered around.

Eventually our conversation zeroed-in on our families and how we are perceived. My friends have known my family and me for a long time, however they were somewhat surprised about what we continue to encounter from those who don’t know us well, or at all. The gist of it is:

We take it for granted that others outside of family and friends “see” those invisible threads and how we interconnect and transect. We forget that, sometimes, others can not get past the fact that a family comprised of whites, Hispanics/Latinos and Asians is unusual—until we are reminded by one of those “why don’t you take a picture” looks, an intrusive comment or question.

Such is the territory of transracial and multiracial families. Conspicuous families. Complex blended families.

What adults and children question and comment on unifies us because we are compelled to examine why those questions and comments arise and how we feel and can address them. We talk and share, over and over again, the remarkable stories that are part of us, as individuals and as a family.

Sometimes we fail to see how much we do differ when with each other. We dwell deeper, seeking and recognizing the human essence encased within the skin and features of the children and adults we know, love and respect. Despite our differences we are far more alike than not.

Being in the position of having to validate the legitimacy, the “ties,” of our family on a regular basis provides the opportunity to claim our children and each other over and over again. My four kiddos have become very adept at handling the questions, comments and looks.

I awoke this morning, thinking more on our conversation last evening. I know this:

We are family—a husband and wife, mom and dad, sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters. Sometimes we forget that we do not have solely biological “ties” within our family. The facts of “born into” and “adopted into” become blurred. However, how we came together is important and is part of our incredible personal stories and rich family story and culture, which we are immensely proud of.

For Discussion: Have you had a similar conversation with close friends or family members? What was their reaction?

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