breathing space :: pausing to prepare

by eringoodman on April 2, 2010

in energy management, waldorf-inspired


Each day before your children arrive, we try to find moments, not only to prepare the space for what work we have planned, but to prepare ourselves. The most valuable asset, the most powerful ally we can have in any work we do is to feel good within. We try to stop before we start and say a heartfelt thank you or a meaningful poem or prayer. The stuff we get to do in this life is important stuff. What we bring to each situation colors it. We hope to bring our best to these children.

~ Anne Monaghan (aka “Miss Anne”)

Earlier this week these words came home from school with our children and I’ve found myself rolling them around my head and heart ever since. I am filled with gratitude that the person who wrote these beautiful words is such an important influence in our children’s lives and that this level of thought and intention goes into preparing for their arrival each day.

I also found myself thinking about how I begin my days – both those when I am working and those when I am home with my children. Am I bringing the very best of myself to my loved ones and to my work? Do I take time to feel good within before I begin? When is the last time I paused and said a heartfelt thank you or read a meaningful poem or prayer?

Perhaps you would like to join me in exploring these questions by leaving a comment here, sharing on your blog or in your journal, or simply holding them in your heart.


Happy weekend friends.


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Denise April 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

these same thoughts on my mind. I read on another blog a statement to ask at the end of the day –

was i better today than yesterday?

glad you are safe and dry. have a nice weekend.
.-= Denise´s last blog ..after the rain =-.


Rose April 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

Simply beautiful! The words and the spring nature table. Happy spring to you!


MamaBird April 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

Hmmm.. a lot to think about. And, for me, a lot to work on. Thank you for sharing these thoughts and bringing this need for mindfulness at the beginning of each day into my consciousness. (Maybe time for me to join in the “one small change” movement with this one…)
.-= MamaBird´s last blog ..Spring Break :: Days 6 & 7 =-.


Tricia April 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

It’s inspiring to hear another example of the fruits of intentionality, someone manifesting conditions that will most likely lead to actions of loving response rather than reaction. I’m aware of doing more of this myself these days, responding lovingly, more often (though by no means most of the time) and then kindly, gently holding myself in a spirit of forgiveness when I recognize that I’m in a reactive space and my heart was/is closed. It’s a great comfort to know that in just noticing that I’ve shut down the miracle of mindfulness is alive again. Thanks for watering my seeds of joy Erin :-)


. tiny twist creative . April 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

Thank you for sharing this. It is so true, being intentional, especially with our children. I want them to know the beauty of life and true enjoyment in “ordinary” days with the family.


6512 and growing April 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Oh dear. I think I start the day grumbling that it’s too early and making a beeline for the coffee press.

That is so fabulous that your childrens teacher starts teh day with such a beautiful intention!
.-= 6512 and growing´s last blog ..One Small Change, April =-.


gardenmama April 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm

thank you for sharing such mindfulness in this space.
i too will hold these questions close to my heart.


Luisa April 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm

What a wonderful thought! I try to get my dinner done early in the morning so that when my kids home from school I can sit, knit and listen or just sit to absorb their ideas and questions. Like teachers prepping a classroom this is my way of prepping for my kids.
.-= Luisa´s last blog ..Reading "Ish" by Peter Reynolds =-.


nicola@which name? April 5, 2010 at 12:30 am

Beautiful food for thought, both Miss Anne’s and your’s. Your nature table is lovely. Can you explain the colorful little “ghosts?”


erin goodman April 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm

i just asked lily (this table is at the kids’ school) and she said those are just fairies for decoration!

but then she started telling me a long and beautiful story about mrs. thaw and lady spring. ahhhhh….love all the wonderful things they get to experience at school!!


Nicole (Frontier Dreams) April 5, 2010 at 12:42 am

Wow, what a quote Erin! I think I need to copy that and keep it near me.


Ivy April 5, 2010 at 11:00 am

I need to think about this about being more intentional. I’m a reactive person by nature — a bit explosive by nature too…..hmmmm. I want to be more positive and purposeful and loving and generous. Thank you for planting this seed in my thoughts.
.-= Ivy´s last blog ..Happy #5 Baby-girl =-.


emily April 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I love the awareness that you share. What a nice quote to ponder. I agree that it makes a big difference in the energy that I give to my children when I take a little extra time and effort to go inward first, care for myself. In this way, I can be more intentional and present in the moment. Thanks for sharing.


kendra April 6, 2010 at 7:02 pm

is this your nature table? it is so very lovely!!!

that quote is incredible.
.-= kendra´s last blog small change – april =-.


erin goodman April 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

no…actually this photo was taken at the kids’ school.

(someday hopefully i’ll have a nature display as pretty as this one. ;-)


kendra April 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

i was actually considering photographing the nature tables at school. they are always so inspiring to me. i bet it would be loved here: !
.-= kendra´s last blog small change – april =-.


OrganicMama April 7, 2010 at 3:01 am

Erin, thanks for the reminder. Not only do I need to be sure I’m taking a moment to pray or be quiet – but I need to be more careful about being rested and prepared in more practical ways for the day.
So enjoy your blog!


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