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Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Gift of Joy

Yesterday I was at a Mom's retreat. It was so wonderful and I wanted to share a couple of things I brought away from it with all those great moms out there.

The theme this year was Joy and Spirituality. It was centered on joy being one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that so many times gets overlooked. It is a gift given to us from God that we just don't utilize as well or as much as we should. I will tell you this was one of the best retreats I have been on in a while. They touched on so MANY great topics and I didn't think to write them down. I am trying to do most from memory, but some seemed so important to share.

I think as moms we get so caught up with duties, responsibilities, life, we sometimes forget to add that joy and laughter that in truth makes everything easier and so much more fun. The first talk was done by a nun that was just so funny. She talked about Moms having "Hula Hoops of Holiness." It expressed how Mom thinks she needs to jump through so many hoops to get to the final destination. She gave the example of Martha and Mary. It was so funny how she took Martha and made her present day by discussing her as having a dinner party with Jesus. Martha had to have a theme, goodie bags, special butter creations, etc., etc. She then said Jesus wanted Martha to take all those hoops, put them together and make one hoop--HIM. Focus on God and life is so much easier.

The next presenter was one I wish I had taped. She had so many aspects that I could add to my nursery school program, or anyone could use with young children. Her name was Barbara Hee and she is a presenter of Laughter Seminars. Yes, Hee is here real name!

Her whole presentation centered around laughing. We started with deep breathing and then went right into doing different types of laughter. We had the Aloha laugh, the doctor laugh, the open heart laugh, the witch laugh, the hum laugh, the list went on and on. She was expressing by just laughing how we were all becoming calm. Laughter brings us inner peace. It helps us to feel joy, and makes us feel so much more, and able to give so much more LOVE. Peace, joy, and love.

Another technique she told us was to take a straw and hold it very loosely in your teeth and don't let it touch your lips--you're smiling. She said if you feel stress, go get a straw and hold it there for a couple of minutes, you'll be amazed at your mood change.

She also talked about "reframing." Take a situation you are having difficulty with, and "reframe" it. Put it a different way--physically, writing it down, to make it look more manageable. It will work wonders.

She gave us some "Principles for Good-Hearted Living," that we should post on our refrigerator and practice every day every week. Here are those principles"


She said if you try to practice these on at least one aspect of your day, it could change your whole day.

Finally, I couple of things I am going to do with my class--an attention getting technique. Start clapping and saying: Ha, Ha, Hee-Hee-H0--repeat until everyone is doing it and end by throwing your hands in the air and saying YEAH! This brought everyone around so we could move on to the next topic. The other one was a song sung to the Farmer in the Dell:

Oh My body loves to laugh, my body loves to laugh, Ha, Ha, Hee, Hee, Ho, My body loves to laugh.
Oh my mouth likes to smile, my mouth likes to smile, Ha, Ha, Hee, Hee, Ho, My mouth likes to smile.
Oh my bell like to laugh, my belly likes to laugh, Ha, Ha, Hee, Hee, Ho, My belly likes to laugh.

She said children love to add on other versus.

I know this post is getting long, but before I go I wanted to add the last page they added in our booklet, it is just adorable. I hope some of these techniques or just the thought of them can help destress your day and make it brighter.

Out of the Mouth of Babes....

Why God Made Moms: Answers were given by 2nd grade children

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it, not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world, and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a years? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world and my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.


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Miller Moments said...

Wonderful post!!! Thank you for sharing. It had good information, good ideas and made me smile and laugh.

Anne said...

What a great post. Thanks for getting me thinking. :)

janetfaye said...

Stopping by to say hello from the UBP!