I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Holistic Moms Network - local chapter

This past Tuesday, the new local chapter of the Holistic Moms Network held an open house at the local library. Being a new member of HMN, I have been looking very forward to this open house. Here's what it was like:

I walked in to the room, and saw a circle of chairs in the center, all facing each other. (oh no!) I am timid by nature, and this sort of set up is very intimidating to me. Oh well, I was going to stick it out. I signed in, donned a name tag sticker, and grabbed a seat. After a few minutes of waiting as others arrived, a young woman introduced herself as the group's leader, and gave a brief outline of her plan for the evening. I had figured the open house was going to be drop-in, but the leader actually had a 2-hour meeting planned. Wow. Ok, so ... She began by having us do a minute of "centering" when we sat quietly, while passing around a small bottle of rose oil. She then discussed her reasons for wanting to be involved in this group. She then asked us to introduce ourselves and discuss our reasons for seeking out HMN. I hate this sort of thing, being very self-conscious, but regardless, I prattled on about my desire to feel better and more centered. I talked about my blog, and how my friend saw it and recommended the group, etcetcetc blahdeblah. After everyone finished, the leader asked that we all give input as to what we want to see the group do, and so forth. I left after about an hour.

It's hard to know what will become of the group, but I am hopeful that after a few months we'll get into a groove. Oh, and I am under the impression that I either am the only local member so far (other than the leader) or at least the only one at the meeting. Hopefully more will join. Play dates may come out of it, which would be ok. The next meeting will involve a visit by an herbalist, who will prepare foot baths I believe? Sounds lovely. Anyhow, I will update in the future.

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