Fanning the fire midweek, we are tossing you a spontaneous quote, question, or conundrum related to Monday’s post. We invite you to riff on this prompt or share a story—heartbreaking or hilarious—to spark further conversation about the path of motherhood.
These thoughts have such power over you.
From nothing you become sad,
From nothing you become happy.
You are burning in the flames
But I will not let you out
until you are fully baked,
and fully yourself.
These fervent lines by Rumi, aptly speak to my experience as a devotee on the divinely ordinary spiritual path of motherhood. As I am being baked and wisened, The Mother’s Wisdom Deck has become a centerpiece of my daily devotional practice.
The cards I draw help to focus my awareness. Instead of running willy-nilly, my free-flowing thoughts contribute to an ongoing conversation I am having with myself and with something beyond. This week I may find myself reflecting on something I am doing with an “Oh, is that what You wanted me to get about Devotion?” Or, talking myself down with “Breathe. This is not a big deal. I just need to step out and take a break.”
Who knows what practice is in store for me next week on the fifty-two fold path of motherhood, as I fondly like to call the deck? Gentleness? Harmony? I love that some deeper calling awaits, alongside the endless reminders to pick up socks. I have been humbled and awed by the deck and all that it has brought to my life as a mama. How has your relationship with the deck evolved? How does it support you on your journey toward self-awakening?
Jenny: During my journey of illustrating the Deck, I did wonder how I would interact with it personally, if it all. It has become a source of energy when I am exhausted, a time to breathe when I’m holding, a reminder that “whatever” I’m feeling or what my present reality is like, I’m NORMAL. And, I’m not alone.
One beautiful truth that my mama friends and I share when we are together, is how we all want to be the best mamas for our kids. To grow ourselves and our mamaselves. The Deck helps me pause, see with a fresh view, and gives me things to think about and ways to grow. I don’t choose a card every day. I choose one when I am needing guidance, inspiration, or a meditation.
Elizabeth: I am still amazed that we pulled it off, and the writing seems to come from some deep flow of wisdom we were able to tap into. And, I love connecting with Jenny’s art and vision in an ongoing way, letting her art seep into my awareness. I have had some great experiences with the cards, they are always right on and in sync with whatever process I am involved in, consciously or not so consciously.
Right now, just to see, I posed a question to the deck: How should I deal with Oriah’s tantrums? I have been struggling with them lately and they overwhelm me with illogical intensity. I pulled Shell-Listening. What a good reminder to tune into some deeper need that Oriah may not be able to express in words or signs. What a great resource we now have in our midst.
We invite you to join in this conversation. And, we give ABUNDANT THANKS to all of you who are sharing this journey with us!