Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Rhythm Wednesdays are a Yellow Day!

Today is a Yellow day.
Wednesday is the middle of the week still a time of joy and energy.
Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings.

How the colour yellow affects us mentally and physically:
* Mentally stimulating
* Stimulates the nervous system
* Activates memory
* Encourages communication

Rhythm Wednesday:
There is a wonderful book called "Seven Times the Sun" that helps you to guild your child through the rhythms of the day. There are many ideas that help you to show your child how to honor ordinary moments and bring balance, joy and harmony to your family!
The Heartbeat of the Day
There is rhythm running through every thing within creation. It is an eternal heartbeat. Sometimes this rhythm gets lost in the clutter and chaos of today.
It is important to all of us, especially our children to uncover it and let it sound over the earth and throughout the cosmos! We need to let it restore harmony to the rhythm of nature, the rhythm of peace among all peoples, the rhythm of human dignity and equality.
The rhythm of family is essential to restoring the rhythm of the world.

Rhythm is not a mindless routine.
Rhythm is a mindful awakening to the blessing we may find in our daily acts.
So many of us race through the day. Our mornings are harried and filled with the need to get from point A to point B. We put food in front off our families and scarf down our own as we rush through the morning. Imagine what it would be like though to create the time to gather around the breakfast table. No one reading the paper instead everyone is reading each others faces. Reuniting after a night's rest, sharing with each other.

Within the flow of rhythm, there is time and space to know and see. When you think of how many children are raised today within dysfunctional homes. Their lives are filled with inconsistency and disappointment, a norm for them. Contrast that with a world filled with children provided with an environment of stability and health from which they could learn to trust the world and their personal perceptions of it. These children would grow up compassionate and strong, able to meet the inconsistencies and conflicts that will challenge them in lives.

Guiding our children through the circle of the day will help them to know that there is a Grand Creator that supports them and who is loving and dependable. Evidence of this is seen in the rising of the sun ech morning, the stars coming out at night, the circle of the family gathering around a meal, the circle of childhood games.

If we can learn to move through the rhythm of the day we help to hallow out a place for our children to find acceptance and joy. When our children understand that we celebrate their lives, it will be natural for them to do so.

Simple Rituals to Celebrate the Morning
Think of alternative ways to wake your child as opposed to the alarm clock or a loud wake up call. Something gentle, soothing, perhaps chimes, a flute, a soft hymn, any gentle sound to celebrate the awakening.

As your child drifts from the world of dreams, give them a few moments to slowly readjust to the wakening state and get both feet firmly planted on the ground.
Respect the time your child needs for this readjusting.

May your mornings prove to be inspiring and filled with gentle memories that your children will carry in their hearts forever!


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