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Daily OM – The Music of Language August 23, 2010

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Sometimes one good post deserves another… posting that is. I love starting my day with the Daily OM. It is usually right on target, almost to the point of being scary – OM Gods are you only writing for me? Based on the fact that I have many friends that love the OM too I know this is not the case, so sign up for their newsletter and enjoy what they have in store for you too.

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Love, B

August 23, 2010, The Daily OM

The Music of Language
Words are Energy

If we are unconscious of the power of words,

we run the risk of creating a noisy disturbance.

When we speak or write, we use the vehicles of words to carry meaning, as well as energy, from ourselves to another person or group of people. We may be speaking to our baby, our boss, or to an audience of 500 people. We may be writing a love letter, a work-related memo, or an entry in our own diary. Whatever the case, each word we speak or write has a life of its own, a vibratory signature that creates waves in the same way that a note of music creates waves. And like musical notes, our words live in communities of other words and change in relation to the words that surround them. When we are conscious of the energy behind our words, we become capable of making beautiful music in the world. If we are unconscious of the power of words, we run the risk of creating a noisy disturbance.

Some of us know this instinctively, while others come to this understanding slowly. Most of us, though, speak without thinking at least some of the time, blurting out our feelings and thoughts without much regard for the words we choose to express them. When we remind ourselves that our words have an impact on the world at the level of energy, we may find within ourselves the desire to be more aware of our use of language.

A fun way to increase our sensitivity to the power of words is to simply make a list of our favorite words and notice the energy they contain. We can write them down and post them where we can see them, or we can speak them aloud, feeling them reverberate in our bodies and in the air around us. This is like learning to consciously play an instrument that we have been playing unconsciously for most of our lives, and the effect can be startling and delightful. As we grow more comfortable and confident playing the instrument of language, we will begin to compose beautiful messages, creating positive energy every time we write or speak.

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I love LA! August 20, 2010

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There are many cities that I love to visit depending on my mood, but when I think of permanently extending my stay I realize, I couldn’t trade them for LA! There is nothing like flying back in to LAX, seeing the twinkling lights stretch for miles and miles, it looks like the city is made up of fireflies of fairies! Then you step on to the jet bridge and the smell of fuel and smog fills your nose and you think “ahhh, I am home.” Ok, that is enough of my ode to LA, let’s get real. Some people love LA and some people hate it, we are all entitled to pick-our-choose. Yet, when you stop and think about it there are very few places where you will find the diversity that LA offers, culturally, artistically and geographically.

First off, the weather, need I say more? Second, from LA you have easy access to the rest of California, which offers an array of free fun and natural beauty in its mountains, deserts and beaches. Third, this is tinsel town! There are always shows, concerts and exclusive events to attend whether you are on the A-list, B-list or no list at all. Even if you just concentrate on the activity in your local neighborhood, when you really look, there are a thousand and one things to do in any given week.

So, why does it sometimes feel like we are so limited in our options here? Do you ever find yourself twiddling your thumbs when downtime miraculously appears? Or just stuck routinely programmed into your days without room to experience all of the things that are available to us in this great city? I have often felt that way myself. Some days it feels as if my only options are to watch a movie or cook dinner. I tend to go to the same places and see the same people – sometimes with barely enough time to even do that! But why? And how? When I know there is much more fun to be had.

Then I think back to my times in other great cities where people move and interact in different ways. For instance, my good friends in London have an amazing post-work culture. On a weekly basis, it is a common occurrence to meet your mates at the pub for a drink after the day is done. The same can be said for New York, where cocktails and great food abound. “Mi amici” in Italy totally prioritize family and schedule in a weekly visit at Mama’s house. Let’s not even talk about Madrid, that is a city that has it all figured out when it comes to sleep! Just the Spanish concept of siesta alone is genius – why don’t we have those? They party all night, work half the day, sleep and then get up and do it all again (kids or no kids, everyone joins in mind you!) My work life would be so much better if I had a daily siesta, wouldn’t yours?

Blame it on the traffic and dramatic distances we have to drive to do anything in this town, blame it on the city culture, or lack of time. Bottom line is I’m not buying it. If they can do it, so can we and we have got options here people. As I adjust to family life and scheduling for me plus 2 (soon to be 3!) I realize that you prioritize what is important to you and room can be made for those things that really tickle your fancy. Routine is cool and necessary, especially when coordinating the schedule of a family, but I am ready to spice up my weeks a little bit. I do a whole lot – don’t get me wrong – but is it really what I would prefer to be doing? Am I making the best of what this city has to offer? Are you?

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News & Project Goodness July 27, 2010

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Dearest Cultured Seed Family,
The Cultured Seed has big news – we will soon be blossoming! It has been my greatest desire to take this blog and newsletter to the next level. I have been incubating on this idea for some time now and thanks to your encouragement and support I have decided that what better time than the present to birth my baby business! (Funny that this just happens to be in conjunction with birthing a real live baby!)  We are currently working with a web development team to build out the extended website and are scheduled to launch this fall. Here is a brief overview of what is in store:

TheCulturedSeed.com is a free online guide to cultural enrichment for you and your child. We provide a hands-on guide to experiencing the world of art, culture, travel, food and fun, whether it is in your own back yard or out in the world at large.

TheCulturedSeed.com provides parents with:

·      the license to chart their own path to joy and fulfillment while raising their children

·      support by way of a community of like minded adventurers on this journey called parenting

·      expert advice and practical application of cutting edge advancements in the area of child development

·      a plethora of useful tips, insightful articles, a calendar of local events and other tools that you will need to find your way.

I will be calling on you, my friends, for feedback as we move through this process. We will be looking for writers, artists and business partners to join us as we grow. Please stay tuned and I will keep you posted for sure!

Love, Rebecca

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A Camping We Will Go! A Camping We Will Go! July 20, 2010

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The view from the middle of Twin Lakes

La Vie Simple

I love the city, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I wonder what my day-to-day existence would look like if I lived a more “simple” life, like on a farm or up in the mountains somewhere. What would it really feel like to live off the “fat of the land” and have to entertain myself without the aid of the apps on my i-gadgets, social events, or even just the www? I think back to the time of my maternal great-great-grandmothers and their lives on the prairies of the mid-west.

Imma get me one of these here trout!

I wonder… would I sew quilts, or read books, or be content to cook and clean and care for the babies all day? I shudder. Uhhh, NO! But sometimes it is nice to unplug, connect with nature and just be simple for a change. So over the July 4th holiday, in remembrance of my pioneer heritage and in trying to evoke “la vie simple” I decided that we should go camping! Sleeping outside, fishing for dinner, frying it up in an open-air kitchen, and plenty of dirt and trees – perfect! This is the closest we are going to get.

Fearless adventurers on a hike

With two days notice, I rallied a troupe of 8 and we revived a long forgotten family tradition. We packed up the camping gear and headed for Twin Lakes. We used to go all the time in the summer as kids. My Mom was truly a warrior as a single mother. It didn’t matter how broke we were, she made sure we had some sort of vacation every year; be it driving up Hwy 1 to hang out in Big Sur for a few days, shipping us off to Costa Rica, road trips to Kansas in our Chevy Suburban or a simple camping trip. In addition to throwing us three kids in the back of the car she usually scooped up a cousin or two to join in the fun. Being a mother myself now I bow down to her patience and resilience. They don’t cut all Mama’s from that kind of cloth – 3+ kids in the back of a car for more than 5 hours?? Woo! Enough said!

Arya taking on Yosemite

None of us had been up to Twin Lakes in at least a decade but I had this urge to go camping. So I figured, before I turn into a serious pumpkin and the thought of sleeping on the ground becomes ridiculous in all of my pregnant glory, let’s just go. So we did. Hey! Who says traveling with kids has to involve weeks of planning? Not if you are taking the bare minimum! Plus, camping has got to be one of the most inexpensive family trips that you can take. Where else can you book a room for $20 a night? Once you have the gear you are set and you can go as much or little as you want, budgeting only for the site fee, food and gas. Seriously, it is a trip almost any family can afford to make.

Going really fast in a super slow boat!

There is also something about having to rely on the natural surroundings for entertainment that allows for greater connectivity with one another. There are no cell phones, email, movies or PS3s to distract you. There’s just fishing, swimming, hiking, resting and eating which can all be enjoyed just as much in  a group as solo. I think my nephew had the best time of all just collecting sticks, rocks and pinecones! What can I say… I may not be able to commit to leaving my i-phone for more than a week at a time -no offense great-grandma- but in honor of my foremothers that made their lives out on the range, camping will for sure be a tradition that I carry forth with my nuclear family for years to come. Yippee-ka-yay.

Loving the ice cold water

Don't bother me... I'm getting my tan on

Move 'em out folks

 

Regenerating the Soul June 23, 2010

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A Page from My Diary – Belize, June 21 2010

 

As I step off of the plane I am instantly hit with a heat that I know only too well. This reminds me of “my country”, Costa Rica, just a few skips to the  south. In our little transport we pass houses typical of the Caribbean – brick and wooden buildings painted over in candy colored hues. Only here would teal, electric orange and lime green houses be coveted. We pass stretches of greenery and I think to myself, “hmm, this place looks like Guanacaste”. Shortly thereafter we pass the Guanacaste National Park and I chuckle. I would know those trees anywhere, you see, because they are “my trees”.

I briefly remember back to the anxiety that I felt on the plane; a mixture of guilt for having left behind my family and job and excitement for the journey that lies ahead. I realize that this is only a memory and the anxiety has vanished, melted away like the remnants of my makeup which is fighting a loosing battle to the heat. Just then, I remember why I am here – to hear myself again. To listen to that part of me that gets drowned out by all of the beliefs, paradigms, constraints, expectations and day to day demands. The ones that I have held for so long and no longer serve me. I am here to unlearn what I have learned and still take the 30 years of knowledge that I have gained and drop it into a bucket called wisdom, while detaching from expectation and past conditioning in order to truly move forward.

I am here to be reborn. Sometimes it is possible to make small adjustments and sometimes you have to burn it all to the ground in order to rise like the Phoenix. Hey, sometimes it “be’s” like that. I guess I learned a thing or two from the Scorpio’s in my life. I find it ironic that I would be carrying my second child right now (also a Scorpio) in the midst of my own rebirth. I almost feel forced into catharsis, despite my rational self, it’s like I have no choice. Arya has already taught me so much about myself, about who I want to be for her and for me. Pretty naïve of me to think that Edan wouldn’t do the same. These are some powerfully catalytic kids. I can’t wait to see the global change that they will bring.

For me, right now, it is clear – change or lay down and die. It sounds dire and in a way it is. So I choose life. My life, by my design. I choose me, for me and for us, and in the midst of this natural splendor I feel grateful for being in the drivers seat again.

 

What’s in a Name? June 10, 2010

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So it’s official – “Tiny Turbo” is a boy. I knew it and so did Arya. When we found out numero deuce was on the way we asked Arya, “Is it a boy or a girl?” She replied “a booooy”. We thought maybe she just said that because boy was the first thing we said, so we would ask her periodically and switch it up, boy-girl-girl boy, but the answer was always the same “a booooy,” which was said with this smug little grin like “I know something you don’t know and I’m going to tell you!” Funny little intuitive baby.

Can you see that little arrow? Supposedly his business. Hmmmm...

After some bad positioning kept Tiny Turbo’s business hidden at my routinely scheduled 16-week check up, Eric and I were even more determined to find out. So we booked the 3D/4D ultrasound at a private clinic called Prenatal Peek, in Torrance. We hadn’t done this with Arya because I was too freaked out by how crazy the babies look in high definition, but this little sucker was going to cooperate and we were going to know for sure. We had just started the ultrasound and not two minutes in did the technician say – there is his business, can you see it? That is all Eric had to hear. He was like “Cool, that’s all I needed to know, we can go now!” It had been like two minutes and I was still stretched out on the recliner as he tried to bolt out the door. Dang! Ok, he has a peepee, but could a mama see the baby’s arms and legs and tummy for a second? Can I just say that creating life is truly a miracle and the use of technology to experience it through every phase is even more incredible. My mom joined us for this experience and we were just in awe at his feisty little legs and Bernard pot belly (genetics are something else). Arya looks just like an Aguiar-Fontenot, but I am calling dibs on this one. Step off Eric – Turbo is mine!

Look at that Bernard pot belly!

So it’s a boy – check! Next task – the name. Arya Elena was named 15 minutes after we found out we were expecting. The names just came to us and boom-bam, it was done. This little guy was a different story. Eric’s Aunt Cathy (she was actually the one that named him Eric Allen) came to pay us a visit last October to let us know that we would soon be having a son and the names that came to her were Allen, Aaron and Aidan. This was exactly 6 months before I even got pregnant. Funny enough, if Arya had been a boy she would have been named Aidan so we both took a double take on that one.  When I found out that I was in fact pregnant, Aunt Cathy called again to say that some other names had come to her, one of which was Ethan, which we both liked. In meditation I kept having visualizations of a little egg with glowing embers like it was on fire (and Aidan means little fire – whoah trippy), but there was something about Ethan too… hmmm. Well, between Aidan and Ethan we couldn’t really choose, so the investigation began.

I really do believe that special consideration should be put into choosing a name, because it will evoke a particular spirit in a child. I also think that if you tune in and listen the baby will tell you what it needs to be called. Several cultures do spiritual investigation before the baby arrives to decipher what names he/she needs to carry in order to live out their life purpose, or even to protect them or balance out certain traits that they will live into. Being of the spiritual, but not necessarily religious persuasion, we chose to honor the birth of our daughter by going back to our shared roots and, thus, held an Afro Caribbean Naming Ceremony. We will do the same for Deuce. We can tell you what his “street” name will be in the mean time. Taking Aunt Cathy’s input into consideration, Eric actually ended up choosing the first name with my spin on the middle name (yeah, I went and did it on the middle name fiends!). His legal name will be Edan Nathanial Aguiar, chosen for it’s meaning and numerological significance. His extended name is still under spiritual investigation and will be fully released during the naming ceremony upon his birth. I can’t wait to see what we have in store with this little guy!

 

Whoa Baby… Here Comes Round Two May 20, 2010

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A few weeks ago I started feeling a bit, well, not myself. I was irritable, exhausted, and all I wanted to eat was bread and meat. This was promptly followed by a perpetual seasickness (but I was no where near water). It took me a minute to figure it out. I thought I might be vitamin deficient or something from all of the enriched white bread I had been eating of late. But then it hit me – maybe, just maybe, I’ve been down this road before? Ah yes, this is not an iron deficiency– I’m pregnant! I just hit week 14 and can officially say it, baby numero DEUCE is on its way.

Truth is, I have not been down this road before. With Arya I was not a day sick. I was a little sleepy, very hungry and way moody, but all of this turning green and having to keep crackers stashed in my purse at all times is new to me! Plus, I was super active with Arya, going salsa dancing 2-3 times a week with my girls and doing yoga daily. Now all of my physically weariness over the last few weeks makes total sense. Not to mention that with Arya I was working 10 hours a week and this time around I have a full time job, two side gigs and a toddler to chase! Whole different ball game my friends.

So I wonder what it is going to be? We don’t know the sex yet but yes, we will be finding out (I am a planner) and it will likely be

Woohoo! Look at my back! You can't see me!

in the next couple of weeks when I have my next ultrasound, so stay tuned. I can tell you that baby deuce is a total ninja master though, already nick named Tiny Turbo. I have been feeling him/her kick since week 10! Which is crazy early. I didn’t feel Arya until week 13. I say it’s a boy because 1) I’m just feeling boy energy, 2) bread and meat (hello!), and for 3) only a boy would act like a baby tornado in my belly. Seriously, it took the nurse 10 minutes to get the babes measurements during my first visit because Tiny Tubo was like “hey, look at me, no don’t look at me, now you see me, now you don’t, look at my butt, check out my back, watch how I flip over!” Que loco.

What do you think baby deuce will be? Cast your vote below…