🌙💖 November 2018 New Moon

Welcome New Moon! 

"It is in the Shelter of Each Other that People Live." ~Irish Proverb


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This November New Moon, I am making space to dance, to not be invisible or detached in the collective pain, to be the shelter for others, and to receive the sheltering love that my sweet teachers, friends, and family give to me. 

For those of you who have experienced miscarriage or infant loss, or have supported someone and find this triggering to talk about and it does not feel safe to continue reading.  Simply, delete this or reach out to me.  

For those of you have experienced miscarriage or infant loss, or those who have supported others and want to read on, please do.

I hope you are able to receive this November New Moon with your own dreams that move you into the Dark Full Moon with an inner well of knowing of your wisdom and an outer awareness and comfort that nature can bring.


This newsletter is yet again a shift and simply a personal sharing of my application essay I wrote for the Holding Space for Prenatal Loss teacher training this January and February.  Simply, this decision came from the unfolding in my meditation practice and work with expectant moms and dear friends.  These aspects of life are the greatest teachers, and allow me to follow threads and themes of temperance and courage. 

Before you go on to read the essay behind my choice to step into another aspect of this particular focus of work, I want to invite you this New Moon to rift with the idea of what this means to you this November... 

"It is in the shelter of each other that people live." ~Irish Proverb

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May the transition from autumn's cool winds, to the invitation of a feast this Thanksgiving, to the hearth of your home you make, lead you to a bridge of inner peace and great horizons.

I'm afforded great privilege to learn how to use dreams, knowledge, skills, and lean into my edges and into education in this lifetime and offer that up in a way that hopefully is meaningful in our modern days. I hope to use my privilege to make empowering space to support the collective consciousness when it comes to the world of awareness in birth, breath, and death.  Of course, within first, then outwardly.  

So like I said, I have recently applied and been warmly accepted into a training for "Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss," my heart is clear in my why I've joined.  My brain has doubts that I'm capable to do this.  Which of course, is untrue but it's really up to me to find resilience. 

Has there been a moment in your life where your heart and brain aren't matching up?  What have you done to help find resilience or in sync-ness? 

For me, it's through being in nature and writing and sensing.  

And this is my why...

Inspiration lives with determination in my desire to apply for the teacher training of Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss. 

I live in the foothills of the Adirondacks Mountains. My home is filled with a family I love and is nestled between trees with visiting bears, deer, fox, and turkey.  When I remember, which is as often as I can in our modern day to day life, I walk with my self, and my children and husband in our woods. We pause at the creek, the dog sniffs around, my sons play imagined battles and run and jump and shuffle through the fallen branches and gifts of the woods.  Together, we acknowledge the wonder of the woods.  As each season passes, I grow keenly aware of what it means to live in ease, with peace, in health, and happiness.  It ebbs and flows and it ebbs and flows.  

At the end of every bodywork session I do, I touch my clients feet and silently say, "May you be happy, healthy, in ease, with peace" - a loving kindness meditation for all encompassing altruism. 

To start, my community, where my office is, is a trying to revitalize an old and gone industrialized city; many folks are tending to basic needs. I try not to let this overwhelm me but I look to the spaces where I can touch and serve to make a difference.  I've made connections with our local health-community group that offers education through the hospital, a breastfeeding support group, a childbirth educator/L & D nurse, lactation consultant, a private OBGYN in the area, the one doula, the family services right downstairs from me and countless Mamas and their families. I, myself, want to stay in this community to make a difference, slowly and steadily, for the vision to see a better village for our mothers in the local area.  Also, I have had the means to travel outside of my area and have had the ability to get to know some of the best greater capital region midwives, experienced doulas, and bodyworkers.  I have talked with them, taken classes with/from them, and I am beginning to have a tea and learn event in my space to help us make deeper connection and make conscious space to talk about how we can cultivate compassion for moms and babies and ourselves.  They are amazing as most of these birth heroes are.   They all want to see good things for the village of mothers in all of upstate New York and beyond.   With all that said, I know there is space and a need for this sort of education.  I believe in my abilities to translate it to others who can make a greater reach.  I trust that the opportunity is now by studying with you.

Secondly, the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss online training invited me to open up a sense of comfort in communication with my current clients.  I've been called at least three times in different forms to support a pregnancy loss since taking the training.  One was simply through emails through, how do I support my friend who lost her baby inquiry, the other was a Friday night call from a friend who wanted resources for herself and for her sister-in-law who had a stillbirth, and the other was bodywork client.  And though, this is a heartbreaking occurrence, it's transformed the way I wish to be of service for those I come in contact with.  This particular client came to me simply for a massage and was contemplating out-loud about what was next and understandably fearful of having another baby after a 20 week loss of her baby.   Could she go through it again?  I wasn't aware I supported her much, but I could see the value of letting her share what she went through and lend an ear to her situation. A few months ago she wrote to me, "Your presence was so beneficial to both my healing and rebalancing then and my coping with fears through this pregnancy and delivery. I have thought a lot about it as we joyfully welcomed this new baby into the world, and having worked with you and receiving your messages really meant and means a lot. "  Those words were accompanied with two photos of her holding her pregnant belly and then her rainbow baby.  Yeah, that's enough to know this work is important.  And I, acknowledge, for some this isn't always the outcome, whatever the journey; I want to be able to say, "I'm here."

Lastly, and most personally, since the age of 9, then continuing to worsen at the age of 13, I have been severely debilitated physically with menstrual issues and hormonal issues; endometriosis, pelvic congestion, and then because of the body pain, depression and anxiety hit.   Doctors would then start telling me I wouldn't bear children or if I did I wouldn't successful being able to carry that baby to term.  Two miracles of two healthy sons later and a partner who brings me a heating pad and tea when I'm in pain and many years later of seeking out healing work and education, I understand what gratitude is.   I look into the faces of my kids everyday.  They know love.  I feel that love back. 

Peace from here to the Moon and Back,
Amy Lee Czadzeck, LMT, Poet, Mindfulness Facilitator


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💖 The Petite Retreat 2018 Recap

Welcome Full Moon!  This newsletter is going to be a bit different from the last.  As you can see, each new and full moon newsletter brings a different story but hopefully the same heart that moves you in some way. And somedays, in days where I'd rather not listen to the news or face the laundry, I just need to write about something that makes my heart sing and celebrate the fun times To the Moon and Back gets to explore in its journey with others.  How is your heart singing nowadays?  Can you find an excuse to celebrate?  Even a little one? If so, just do it!


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We had such a delightful time at The Petite Retreat as you can see here pictured are some lovely Moms and their babies enjoying the peace tent with me. 

For those of you who visited, please stay in touch and keep me posted on your Mindful Momma journey.  

For those who weren't there, here's a bit of a recap of what our day held:

The Petite Retreat brought vendors in the field of pregnancy, postnatal, and early childhood folks together under one big beautiful dance museum roof to educate and share with families what is out there in the world of local goodness and services.   

This year, To the Moon and Back offered a "Peace Tent," where everyone was invited to sit in stillness for a brief moment.  If they did, which many did, they got a peace button to proudly wear all day.  

We nearly missed our goal of 50 folks collectively sitting for peace. But for me it was a win because a few Moms asked if they could take a few extra minutes of peace before they got up - ha! 

At the paint and "sit" event, I shared a brief neuromuscular release exercise and a heart opening hand gesture mudra to find compassion for ourselves at mothers in our journey.  And then we had fun and played with watercolor paint. I was delighted at the number of Mamas (& Papas) that were one-handed painting while also nursing and feeding and rocking their babies. Multi-tasking is a mother's strength and simply by adding some attention to breath - the vibe was calm and cool and courageous.  They each dove deep into their art prints.  Everyone took home of the To the Moon and Back Mama Moon and Baby Moon logo of their own unique beauty and artistry to hang in a special spot serving as a reminder to be right where they are. 

My husband helped me a whole bunch for the day and he asked me in reflection of the full day if I thought it was success.  And I whole-heartedly could said yes it was!  

Connection is why I do my work.  

I got to meet and talk to so many beautiful growing families who were receptive to finding space for self-care and meditation.  I got to hug and meet the faces of many of the families that have already taken the Calm Birth Meditation class. And dare I say, a few babies, seemed to remember my voice. Ha! I'm beyond blessed in this work and grateful to do what I do. 

Hope to see you all next year! 

And Happy Full Moon.  Do me a favor and sit by a moonlit window or head right outside and breath in the moon air for at least one good solid minute.  

Peace, Amy

The winner of the Petite Retreat eye pillow giveaway is Natalia.  I'll connect with you directly Natalia about how to get it to you

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📲⛏Tech Tools

Welcome to this October's New Moon where busy life and delightful distractions collide...
How do you feel equipped to be present with what's in front of you?
How do you let go of what you can't control?  
How do you be real and get adaptable? 


The busiest time of year is here for me, my business, and my family.

And yet this is also my most favorite time of year.

This is still to say it can feel overwhelming and I usually have to lean into the idea of being busy when I'm sort of a homebody.  So in order to meet what's happening, the events on the calendar, the chipping away at owning a home and running a business, and raising two great kids, I strive to create systems that help me create spaciousness in life.  

That's why I wanted to share something that is typically something I normally wouldn't be sharing in these "self-care" emails.  I made a quick list of my favorite effective apps and tech tools to share with you.

These apps and tools help me get things done and remain organized while working to continue to thrive in all the areas of responsibilities I hold in life while still allowing myself to be comfortable and not too overstretched because I would say YES to everything if I could. 

I'm not necessarily a tech savvy person, and you don't have to be either.  

I'd much rather be outside in the woods with YOU than communicating with a phone or computer in my hand but I gotta say these things help me do life. And I hope they help you on your journey into the next few months of holidays, school events, births, birthdays, business booms, and whatever else in on your plate. (By the way, I'm not affiliated in any way to these brands and businesses.)

Amy's Current Favorite Effective Apps and Tech Tools 

Asana is a task list and communication system for projects that keep track when you have a partner or team of people.  This is the magic of how my husband and I manage the work he and I do, together. He is my unpaid support for tech and business marketing. (Thank you, honey!)  He is really great at that stuff which I'm fine at but a lot slower. What I am better than him at is keeping us on track, setting up the deadlines and helping us set our dreams into action. 

Atlas is a human anatomy atlas. Yes, well, geek along with me - shall we?  It costs a bit and it takes a bit of memory on my phone.  But if you need to refer to the human body, this is a great app for your education and inquiry.  It's a 3D human model and is just an interesting reference with different views of the body. 

Calendly cuts out the back and forth text and emails to schedule a session or have a meeting.  I go in the software and put in the days and times I'm available for whatever session or meeting. The other person looking to connect can easily see what works and gets to look at their own schedule and book right away.  I'm a big fan of this!  Probably cuts out 2 hours of back and forth a week for me! 

Google Calendar, enough said. Now this will sound over the top but I also still use the tried and true method of a handwritten schedule book AND Google calendar.  A feature I like are the reminders. I need reminders for some simple things I often over look. For example, Wednesday mornings I have to scoot out of the house for a 45 minute commute and be not a minute late. There have been days that I've asked the Universe to make sure my car doesn't run of of gas before I get to my destination! Since I've added the reminder to my google calendar that means, I don't worry I'll run out of gas and now on Tuesday afternoon I get a reminder on my phone to make sure I fill up my car with gas before Wednesday morning comes.

My FLO is my go to period tracker besides going with the great rhythms of the moon, this modern day gal has found her answer. As a female with specific female health challenges, this helps me chart my menstruation cycle and symptoms.  That way I know and knowing is empowerment.  And if I go to the specialist with any issues, I've got much of the information right there to share with what's happening with me.  

The Tabata Stopwatch Pro Timer (quite literally, keeps you on your toes!)  I found a workout that is intense but also empowering for the type of movement I am craving lately.  Tabata is interval training and it's no fun to do without a specialized app timer. I've tried to do it without and it pulls the focus out of the workout if you're trying to time yourself. 

Zoom is an online "meeting." I use this for long distant clients and have a professional paid account. It allows me to share my screen of information such as a slide show, to see their faces in real time, and to record a class to send if they missed it.  It's better than Skype and Google Hangouts for when your serious about making a webinar, a class, or even just a face to face virtual check in happen without worry to be kicked off or have digital challenges. it's user friendly, I haven't had any hiccups with audio or video yet!

And lastly, a very personal and fun one.  I can't share tech stuff without a nod to my modern day children. 

Story Pirates is a family favorite podcast. This podcast asks kids to write in with their made-up stories and the Story Pirate folks are basically improv and comedic geniuses and make the kids' stories into songs and such.  It's incredibly silly and my whole family is usually laughing or singing along. My kids (including my hubby and I) are big into stories. In having children that are ages 10 and 3, it is my forever mission as they grow, to support their age gap and bring them together when possible. Stories help the age gap and foster imagination to wherever they are developmentally.  We listen at home or when we are traveling. Enjoy with the kids in your life! 

Happy Tech Exploring for a more mindful and motivated journey into Fall and the Holidays, 
Amy


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