I've been reading and learning about the Waldorf Philosophy a lot lately, in fact I'm on my way to the library right now to pick up some books I've got on hold and to go to our weekly story group. There is so much that I love about Waldorf and yet there are also parts that don't really fit with our family as well... so I'm going to cherry pick parts of it and try to apply it to my life style.
Rhythm is such a huge part of Waldorf and life in general... yet, I'm not a very rhythmic person by nature. I'm a fly by the seat of my pants... where ever the wind takes me... jump first think later kind of gal. At times this free spirited nature of mine has gotten me in sticky messes and yet other times it's been my saving grace. It's the part of me that compliments Berdaddy in our relationship the most. He's more of the responsible one who has to remind me of reality when I'm ready to book tickets to tim-buck-two. I love this part of me, it brings me light... I don't really want to change this very essence of my being and yet, I also adore the idea of creating a comforting rhythm for my beautiful Button. I'm also so very drawn to the rhythm of the Catholic Church. One thing is for sure I need more spirituality in my day to day life... I need more prayer and reflection. As a work at home momma, my patience is always being tested. I never get the quite of an office to get my work done. And let me tell you how incredibly frustrating it is to be interrupted time after time when I'm having a very creative moment and want nothing more than to finish a photo project. And in my moments of frustration nothing brings me more peace than prayer. I want Button to grow up knowing just what it means to practice her faith on a daily basis and in order for that to happen I need to start modeling for her right now.
She is nearly a year and we don't really have a set rhythm set in place for anything. I just read her signals and go with the flow. We don't sleep train and I nurse her on demand. So far things have gone well. We have both enjoyed learning from each other, I'd like to think. But now, as we are crawling up on her first year of life, I can't help but crave a bit of freedom for myself and just maybe a little structure wouldn't hurt to help get me some.
Now I just need to figure out how to get myself to find my own rhythm and try to somewhat have a spiritual flow to our life together, it's got to be organic in origin if this is going to have any chance at success. Only 3 short years ago, I found myself getting confirmed to the faith that I had left to the wayside for a number of years. And yet, it is so hard to stay devoted for me... such an ebb and flow... I'm so very drawn to the rhythm of the Catholic Church and I'm hoping to push the too ideas together and create my very own system! Strengthening my faith along with my family life.
My Plan of Action
*Take notes on my normal days for one week and see if I have a natural rhythm I can work off of.
*Make a list of important spiritual events I want to incorporate in our life, pray daily
*Work off of my calendar
*don't flake out
*be gentle with myself
If anyone has suggestions on establishing this rhythm of mine, I'm all ears! Wish me luck... I'll keep ya posted.