Connecting to your soul with song and movement

I’m excited to be participating in the Carnival of Creative Mothers. You will find the first blog on this below, and the journey continues for three more weeks. I do hope you enjoy the ride!

Welcome to Week One of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood

by Lucy H. Pearce

Today’s topic is Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a free e-copy of The Rainbow Way!

  • November 27th: Creative Heroines.
  • December 4th: Creative Inheritance.
  • December 11th: The Creative Process.

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Connecting to your soul with song and movement

We sat in a circle on chairs making stilted, polite conversation between strangers. One women quietly asked if she could perhaps leave to go shopping instead. Then it started.

We stood up, stamped our feet, beat our chests, moved around the room, sang loudly and then quietly.

DSC_7090I looked around. Everyone was stamping away and smiling broadly. The mums or dads with the children, who were the official participants of the music class. It did not matter. We were all a part of the group and we were all having fun (despite ourselves). I noticed in the second class that the mum did not ask if she could disappear off. Instead, she made a beeline for the percussion instruments so that she could join in.

I leave those classes feeling energised and inspired. I am grateful to my children for the opportunity to participate. I most likely would not join a similar group otherwise.

Since my children were born, music has become an important – if not DSC_7091central – part of our lives. We sing constantly and on almost every occasion. Instead of growling at the children to hold still so we can clean their hands, we sing a special song (“hands up, hands up – for the champions for the champions – hands up”) and they hold their hands out willingly. Whether they are sad, happy, tired or energetic: much of life is accompanied by a suitable song. While out walking, we often sing “she’ll be coming round the mountain”. I have added several verses featuring the children. Additionally, she eats peanut butter and drinks Pina Colada (non-alcoholic, naturally).

I sing because it makes my own heart lighter and happier, and my soul shine. My children smile, dance, and join in the songs enthusiastically. Our three-year-old invents her own songs and her own verses, telling stories of what she is currently doing or thinking about. I love how the creativity is woven into our day without being an actual event.

DSC_7101I heard Angeles Arrien say recently that you cannot sing and feel anxious or scared at the same time. Personally, I think that singing and movement not only helps to alleviate fear but also connects us with our soul, with the creativity deep inside of us.

Luckily, my children are still young and I will continue to find many excuses to fill our lives with song and dance (for their benefit, naturally). I wonder how I will one day fill this gap. Why do we think that shopping is a more natural activity for us than singing, moving and dancing to a beat – raising our vibration and connecting to our souls and source of creativity?

I encourage you to find ways to turn song and movement into a daily ritual – with or without children! Your creative muse will thank you for it.

Does song and movement have a place in your life also? How do you connect with your soul? Please share in the comments below!

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  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares an extract from the chapter Nurturing a Family Culture of Creativity.
  • Lilly Higgins is a passionate food writer. Now a mother of two boys, she’s discovered a new calling: to instil in them a love of food and creativity in the kitchen.
  • DeAnna L’am shares how visioning the New Year with your child is an invitation to be inspired: use creativity and resolutions to create a fun road map for the year ahead.
  • Molly at Talk Birth on Releasing Our Butterflies – balancing motherhood with creativity.
  • Laura shares some of the creativity happening at Nestled Under Rainbows and a few thoughts about creativity.
  • Georgie at Visual Toast celebrates her own unique culture of creativity at home.
  • Esther at Nurtureworkshop spreads the love of the ordinary, the delights of everyday things that can be an adventure of the imagination.
  • For Dawn at The Barefoot Home creativity is always a free form expression to be shared by all in a supportive environment where anything can be an art material.
  • Naomi at Poetic Aperture is a mother, artist and photographer who tries to keep her daughter away from the expensive pens and paints.
  • Aimee at Creativeflutters writes about keeping your sanity and creativity intact with small kids in the house in her post: Mother + Creativity – They Must Coexist.
  • Amelia at My Grandest Adventure embarks on a 30 Days of Creativity challenge…you can too!
  • Becky at Raising Loveliness explores creating with her smaller family members.
  • Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine reveals how children help us connect to our souls, through music and movement.
  • Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush shares her experiences of creating with kids.
  • Joanna at Musings of a Hostage Mother explains why creativity at home is important to her in her post “I nurture a creative culture.”
  • It took until Amy at Mama Dynamite was pregnant aged 35 to discover her dormant creative
    streak – she has found lovely ways of tuning into it every since.
  • Emily at The Nest explores how creativity runs through her family’s life together.
  • Jennifer at OurMuddyBoots sees that encouraging creativity in children is as simple as appreciating them for who they are: it just means overriding everything we know!
  • Lisa from Mama.ie has discovered that a combination of writing and traditional crafts can provide a creative outlet during those busy early years of new motherhood.
  • Anna at Biromums shares what nurturing a culture of creativity means to her.
  • Zoie at TouchstoneZ argues that the less they are interfered with, the more creative children become as they grow up.
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way celebrates creating with her kids.
  • Sally (aka The Ginger Ninja) of The Ginger Chronicles is continually inspired by her own mum and grandmother.
  • Just being creative is enough, says Nicki at Just Like Play, as she ponders her journey of nurturing a creative family.
  • Allurynn shares her creative family’s musings in her post “Creativity… at the Heart of it” on Moonlight Muse.
  • Laura at Authentic Parenting explores how being creative saves her sanity.
  • Mama is Inspired talks about how she puts an emphasis on the handmade in her home, especially in the holiday season.
  • Kirstin at Listen to the Squeak Inside shares with you several easy ways for busy mamas and dads to encourage their children to be creative every day.
  • Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From describes how picture books can nurture creativity in young children.
  • On womansart blog this week – nurturing a creative culture at home.
 
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7 thoughts on “Connecting to your soul with song and movement

  1. Lucy Pearce

    Loving the bright coloured odd socks – that’s how we rock in our family too! Hurray for singing and dancing! “Angeles Arrien say recently that you cannot sing and feel anxious or scared at the same time” – tweeting that out straight away!

    Thank you so much for joining the carnival!

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  2. Esther Cooke

    Hello – What a beautiful post. I’m passionate about sound and how we squash our powers by pretending that music and vocal release aren’t important parts of our life. I run a singing group for bumps and babies and initially mothers say to me – I can’t sing I’ll just listen but they can’t help but join in with our gentle lullabies…. as you say why why why do we think shopping is so much more normal? Good luck with your wonderful noisiness!! You might like this blog I wrote a while a go…. http://nurturebird.blogspot.co.uk/2013_05_01_archive.html

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    1. Jennifer Post author

      Thanks so much Esther! I did enjoy your blog, as well as some of the later ones written in Autumn. By the way, I tried to leave a comment also on the blog with the autumn meditation (I felt peaceful after just reading it…) but was not able to log on via the options available.

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  3. sustainablemum

    We love to dance here, I sometimes wonder what our neighbours think when we have the music turned up for some dancing! My youngest also loves to sing, she makes up her own songs all the time and absolutely loves a singing group we go to each week.

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  4. becky jaine

    Dear Jennifer, Lovely LOVELY!!! Have you all ever danced Camille Saens Carnival of Animals? We do that one at our house and then stomp around acting all the animals, then we’ve listened again and colored and drawn the imagery of each animal. My 4 year old and I recently danced it and he’s nearly old enough to do the coloring bit. SOOOOOooo much fun. Music is a beautiful thing to share with children. Thank you for this lovely post.

    Have you read any of Don Campbell’s books on children and music? Fabulous resource, well NOT that we need anything but an oatmeal tub, a spoon and our dancing socks, but if you are interested thought I’d share that fellow’s work too.
    (love your site and tagline … my is very similar)
    shine ON!!!

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    1. Jennifer Post author

      Thank you very much Becky Jaine. Sounds like you are having a ball at your house too :-) I will look into those resources, thanks for sharing them!

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