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The Healing Basket

Our first day of school was yesterday.  It was a little wild at times, but we did it and that's the important part.  Since my own plans don't start until September 5th, it puts us a little ahead.  Much of our time was spent making a healing basket.  This is nothing new, but it is new to us.  I've set out that this is the year we will learn our Kind Ways and this basket is part of that.  It's time to work on caring for each other in a purposeful way, to be more deliberate models.  Some of the experiences we've had in the past few months have made things feel like we have fallen from heaven.

The Healing BasketDealing with strong peer orientation over much of the Spring and all of Summer has resulted in a fair amount of disintegration around here.  I used to be nearly prideful of the ways my children could play and create together, never thinking that would change.  It did, though, and Roan's inner trials have spread to our whole family.  We've all been tested and we've all struggled.  After consulting with more experienced mothers and friends and my own intuition, I think we've reached a turning point and healing is happening.  I know all this sound a little funny, but it is something that needs a bit of privacy.  If you think your child is dealing with something similar, feel free to contact me and we can talk about it.  I don't have all the answers, but I do understand the experience and I do have hope (and I can see progress!).  Parenting takes a development of the self and will that it just astounding, at times.  And it's something most of us do!

So, that aside, the whole why-we-need-the-healing-thing, The Basket.  I looked around for some ideas of contents here and here.  Many of the items listed are things that are around the house, anyway.  I didn't really have to purchase anything but some more calendula oil (the drought was hard on our plants) and some arnica oil.  Those are two things in the basket.  Besides that, there's Carrie's Herbal Salve, Weleda Weather Protection Cream, bandaids, and Angry Spray.  Willow named the water and lavender oil that, bless her heart.  There's also the heart rice bag I made for Roan's birthday and a pink silk, to warm and calm.  Lastly, we made a new batch of calendula salve with lanolin and just a touch of lavender oil.  It's good for nearly anything.

The basket has already seen a good amount of use and the real magic of it will come with disciplined use over time.  That's really the key to many things, of course.  It is the continued good habit that brings about a positive change.  Each year of mothering drives home how much my own self-discipline really, really matters.  It is tiring to be the one to hold everything together when there are no spare moments in the day, but I know I am building my legacy in these years.  I feel like I need my own healing basket and someone to soothe me.  That comes in the kind listening and prayers of dear friends and I have surely been blessed with that lately.  I think our sensory integration work, along with the new school routine and our more deliberate choices will make things right again.  Our second day of school was very nice, indeed!      

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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