Writing this, I feel electric. There is so much doing unfolding in my life right now but enough being sprinkled in by baby to hold me steady. I’m working so hard every day sometimes I forget what it’s all for. But then I remember: how many people there are out there, in need. Searching. Moving through pain. Good days and bad days. I’m one of them, one of you. Feeling growing flowing. Life is not easy but it’s a goddamn miracle - all of it! So much to challenge us and trigger us and teach us. So much of its is hard. And so much is beautiful.
Today I got to presented with several moments that reminded me of why I’m here. Why I do what I do. Being of service. Bettering the world by being human - by working on what’s within so we can help heal what’s without. .
I’m getting so close to being able to unveil something big. I have goosebumps all over just thinking about it. It’s so much. A lifetime of work. Endless hours. Changing the lives of thousands. No. Millions. Soon, soon.
But first, I have to change a diaper. #life
This girl. She walks up to strangers at restaurants and shows them all her teeth (she has 12 now). Every morning she wakes up smiling, asking for both Mamma and Pappa. She likes to take her time to wake up and will stay in her crib for as long as she can, arms behind her head, talking to her toys. When either of us go to the bathroom she stands outside, knocking on the door, wondering how long we’ll be (Pappa always takes too long) She holds my hand when she walks down steps, not because she needs to but because she knows it calms me (with daddy she jumps down all on her own). Every morning I give her a bowl of berries and she stands perfectly still, enjoying them one at a time, smacking her lips with contentment. She is so gentle. I wear big earrings every day and she’s not once pulled at them too hard. Every time she hears a loud noise she says “bang” and laughs. She brushes her hair with my hair brush and puts my mala beads around her neck. She loves to read, and run barefoot, and listen to music. She hates airplanes and hats and avocado (but loves guacamole). The only time she gets consistently frustrated in a day is when its time to brush our teeth - she wants to do it on her own. She wants to swim in every fountain we walk by and jump in puddles and take baths every day. She loves the water. She is so determined. She wants to put on her own shoes but always lets me help her. She talks to strangers but hides behind my legs if they are too eager to say hi back. She still gives kisses with her mouth wide open.
And she knows so many words now. Yesterday she pointed at a flower and said “flower” - I don’t even know when she learned that. She is growing so fast! Every day is a marvel and a challenge and an absolute miracle. .
Wherever she goes, I’ll follow. With this little hand in mine... All of life makes perfect sense.
A perfect Sunday Walks in the park, great coffee, sunshine and a happy baby. What else could I ask for? I have had a lot on my mind lately and a day of nothing special - that turned out special because it came without expectation - was just what I needed. Now... Baby is in bed so I’m going to scale our dirty rooftop so I can roll out my mat with the last rays of the sun Hope you are having a beautiful day too, wherever you are! x .
“So then, when you die, you’re not going to have to put up with everlasting non-existing. Because that's not an experience. A lot of people are afraid that when they die they’re going to be locked up in a dark room forever and sort of undergo that. But one of the most interesting things in the world – this is yoga, this is a way of realization:
Try and imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up.
Think about that.
Children think about that.
It’s one of the great wonders of life.
What will it be like to go to sleep and never wake up?
And if you think long enough about that, something will happen. You will find out, among other things, that it will pose the next question to you. What was it like to wake up after having never gone to sleep?
That was when you were born.
You see? You cant have an experience of nothing; Nature abhors a vacuum. So after you're dead, the only thing that can happen is the same experience, or the same sort of experience of before you were born. In other words, we all know very well that after people die... Other people are born.
And they're all you. Only you can only experience one at a time.
Everybody is I, you all know you are you.
And wheresoever beings exist throughout all galaxies it doesn't make a difference.
You are all of them. And when they come into being that’s you coming into being.
Say hello to little miss grumpy pants! This girl has FOUR molars coming in at the same time - four! One in each corner of her mouth I feel like sharp teeth cutting through baby gums every few months must be some sort of anatomical design flaw? I mean come on! Also, she was sick and we overdid pacifier and peppa pig (normally she never watches TV/iPad and she only has pacifier for sleep but suddenly we lost all control). So now we are having a teething peppa pig and pacifier detox all at once In funner news... I did teach her how to say poop. So there’s that. #WIN .
IT’S PODCAST DAY!!! In today’s episode of the podcast I talk about feeling uprooted and ungrounded during the last couple of weeks and how I’ve struggled with feeling at home, both in my surroundings and in my body. I share the struggle that Dennis and I have in our marriage right now in that I am suddenly homesick and he is... The absolute opposite of that I actually chose to stay home instead of going to a bachelorette this weekend in the north of Sweden that I’ve been looking forward to for so long... I just couldn’t get myself to pack another bag I’ve never felt such a need to ground in my life. Let’s see how this all goes - if I got to choose right now I’d be back in my bathtub in Aruba and if Dennis gets to choose we’d spend the summer backpacking I also share my best tips for traveling and eating out when you’re vegan (and how none of them worked when we were in France lol). Tune in NOW! Link in my bio to listen or search Yoga Girl / From The Heart on Spotify or iTunes. Or go to rachelbrathen.com for a list of all podcast providers! Enjoy! x #yogagirlpodcast#podcast#fromtheheart#pod#listen#travel#yoga#vegan#meditate#meditation#peace#serenity#calm#nature#flower#flowers#life#sunshine#summer#sun#smile