Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace

“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we are frantic, life will be frantic. If we are peaceful, life will be peaceful.”
                            ~ Marianne Williamson
 
“Over and over again—maybe every morning—we get to discover that we are not the perfect mom. If we are ever tempted to believe that we are, our children will bring us back to reality as they teach us our limitations.”
                               ~ Denise Roy
 
“Getting it right” and “balancing it all” are cliché’s of today that we busy moms try all too hard to fulfill. We put immense amounts of pressure on ourselves to “not mess it up”, often times at the expense of our own sanity, health, self-confidence, and even our own value of self. We run frantic trying to juggle countless tasks, requests, and demands, and find ourselves drained at the end of each day, only to wake up to do it again tomorrow. The truth is however, we create many of these pressures ourselves. When we step back and breathe, we realize there is no such thing as perfectly fulfilling these unrealistic expectations. We can find a way to invite the space and peace so needed to guide our lives as women, as moms, as friends, for in fact our lives truly are beautifully frantic, chaotic, and busy, riddled with societal pressures and new norms.
 
Moms, joins us for conversation and exploration of cultivating a mindful way of mothering. Through discussions, readings, and reflections, we will make space for the peace as well as the chaos that forms our realities of motherhood.
 
Alicia Robertson, MA, MS
Oct 18 (W)
12 noon–1 pm
$35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration is required.)

About Alicia Robertson, MA, MS: Before joining St. Gabriel’s Catholic School as Director of Advancement, where she leads fundraising and volunteer efforts, Alicia directed many different initiatives within the Seton Healthcare Network. After ten years of fundraising and volunteer leadership, Alicia began working alongside the Daughters of Charity and eventually assumed the role of Director of Mission Integration and Ethics for the Network. In addition to co-chairing Seton’s pediatric ethics committee, Alicia’s primary work was to support the spiritual formation of critical care physicians and nurses, as well as executive leadership and associates. She continues her work with Seton as vice chair of the board of the Seton Cove, an interfaith spirituality center established by the Daughters of Charity. Alicia is also a doting mother of 4 children under the age of ten.

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