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Simplicity


Overview:
The inspiration for the Universal Mother Principles arrived as I pondered the unseen forces behind healing and being ‘cared for’.  What was that exactly?  In Ayurveda, we understand that perfect health is a combination of the body, the mind, the senses, the spirit and the power of digestion and elimination.  During massive transitions, everything is heightened.  The elements of ether and air are increased, bringing us deeply in tune with the subtle energetics around us.

Welcome to Email Two in the Universal Mother Principle Series. 

Ever feel like something has grown in complexity until it’s too overwhelming to process?  I have closed more than one textbook after my brain stopped being able to take in and organize the information I was reading.  I have given up on routines, plans and goals when they have become bigger than I felt able to sustain. Does this feel familiar?

Our society has information and options available at every turn.  It can be difficult to not get lost in reading emails, articles, watching videos, learning, ‘catching up’ and taking in information.  What a gift to be able to learn anything at the drop of a hat!  Yet what a distraction from the ability to listen closely to what has become so quiet, we barely acknowledge it’s voice…the guidance of our Higher Self.  

Thousands of years ago, people tuned into the earth, and the environment around them to get the information they needed.  Ayurvedic sages learned a vast system of medicine based on the laws of nature, the universe and observing the human experience.  They had the ability to tune in rather than tuning out.  With the ability to connect deeply to their higher self’s knowing and the universal patterns around them, they discovered ways of being well and what caused them to become unwell.  They learned from the plants and the elements.  They discovered how to interact with their environment, and they saw how their sense of balance was impacted.

Simplicity is a Universal Mother Principle because it allows us to get very very small and up close.  It allows us to notice things at the elemental level, and expand what we see into its full potential.  Simplicity is discovering the essence of a thing, and giving that thing our whole attention.  Simplicity is prioritizing one rather than many.  It is taking one bite at a time, knowing that bite will be fully digested, with no left over residue which can build up.  Simplicity is savoring, it is being present, it is offering our full attention and it is discovering the depth in one thing at a time.

Simplicity

Let’s look at the act of taking a walk.  Sometimes a walk for me is also taking the dog out for some exercise, and also listening to an audiobook, and also thinking about what I’ll make for dinner that night.  The walk is nice, but I’m really quite full of input and output during that walk.  I’m moving, but I’m missing a lot because my attention is full of other things.

Another type of walk is when I am alone in the woods with no other agenda.  I’m taking in the woods with each of my senses. The various colors of green and brown, the smell of leaves, moss and earth, the sounds of birds and the river flowing nearby, the feel of the air on my skin and the ground crunching beneath my feet. I’m allowing the sensory input to wash through me and act as ‘medicine’ for the moment.  The pace I take will impact my sense of balance, do I need to walk briskly in this moment, or does it feel better to slow down?  The temperature and movement of the air will affect me, the sounds and smells will impact my nervous system.  I’m simply walking, yet I’m allowing my entire environment to be a part of my process.  Then, in a moment of true beauty, I can hear the voice of my higher self.  Sometimes it comes in an idea, or a sense of knowing.  Sometimes it is an emotion I’m being invited to process.  

The voice of my higher self can be heard when I activate the principle of simplicity.

As a mother of four, I relish the opportunity to bring in simplicity.  In this moment as I write, the room is quiet and calm, I am loving the simple act of writing, sitting and feeling the impact of this principle.  We live big lives. We offer so much of ourselves. We can remember to take one moment in fully before moving on to the next.  We can seek the full expanse of an experience such as eating a meal, drinking a cup of tea, connecting with a loved one or sitting in quiet meditation.  Where are the boundaries of that experience?  Are there any?  How wide can you maximize the value of each moment?  

I can probably write about simplicity and maximize the possibility of this principle for many pages to come, yet sometimes less is more =)  

Ways to foster simplicity:

  • See how many moments in the day you can find to close your eyes and just breathe.

  • Practice a moment of gratitude before you eat.

  • Chew each bite of your meal slowly and longer than usual.

  • Step outside a little bit every day and notice signs of nature around you.  Let each of your senses discover something.

  • Sit in a comfortable chair and read a book made of paper.

  • Pick up a pencil and a notebook and write or draw something you are inspired by.

  • Snuggle with someone - human, animal or stuffie.  

  • Drink tea while doing nothing else.  Notice the feel of the cup, the smell of the tea, the sensations as you drink it.  Tell your deepest wishes to the tea and finish the cup in one sitting.

  • Use 5 words instead of 20.

  • Smile…Often

I honor your simple moment of reading this today.  

I also invite you to ignore the rest of your emails if you can =)

With love and simplicity,

Christine

P.S.  We’ll see you next week as we lean into Flexibility.

Christine’s passion is in elevating care of self in order to amplify care for others. She is a busy mother to 4 boys and practices her skills daily in support of the divine feminine. Christine is an Ayurvedic Health Consultant, a Birth and Postpartum Doula and the Founder of the Center for Sacred Window Studies, an education platform for Conscious Postpartum Care inspired by Ayurveda and other universal traditions found around the world. She established the Universal Mother Principles as a way of accessing the foundational qualities of giving and receiving effective care for self and others. The Center for Sacred

Window Studies certifies caregivers from around the world in the Conscious Postpartum Caregiver Online Certification Program and the Sacred Window Postpartum Training + Embodiment Retreats. Christine hosts the Sacred Window Podcast and builds awareness and support for postpartum and transitional feminine care via monthly events and continuing education for people passionate about the postpartum window and sustainable caregiving. Christine is featured on many podcasts, publications and summits including USA Today, Orgasmic Birth and Birthing from Within.


Here at the Center for Sacred Window Studies, we share voices from many perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the sacred weeks post birth, and the experience of humanity is experienced in countless ways. We learn by listening to one another and honoring our stories. The views and opinions of our writers do not necessarily reflect the mission, viewpoints or opinions of the Center for Sacred Window Studies.


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