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About

Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

Where Was Your Mind?!

Thanks to all who responded to my "Where is Your Mind?" post! You all put way more thought into your amazing answers than I had anticipated...

I was most recently asked this question in my Itsy Bitsy Yoga training. Our class consisted of Helen, our wonderful instructor, seven American's and three beautiful souls from Korea who were visiting the US to study children's yoga programs for a project back home. Helen told us to close our eyes and point to our mind. When we opened our eyes all of us Americans had pointed to our heads, all of the Koreans their hearts. It was a powerful moment. They were baffled that we would say our heads (they had never heard such a thing!) and while we could understand your 'mind' being in your heart it definitely wasn't our first impulse.

Last night David and I were enjoying the cry fest that was Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy special and I was incredibly moved. Not just at the generosity and opportunity, but the strength and wisdom of the girls. These South African girls who by our standards "have" next to nothing, many of whom have experienced tragedies beyond our grasp, exude a strength- an almost literal sturdiness- that I have never seen. They speak with a wisdom not only beyond their years but beyond a place I think most of us will reach in our lifetimes. They are content in the life that God has granted them, but not complacent in their circumstance. They have a faith I envy and spirits that words can not describe. They are beauty.

And in their presence, even if only through the television, I was, I am incredibly humbled. We live in a country that 'has' everything. I have so much. Yet I discover more and more that in the scheme of things we have so little. We horribly miss the point. Life- living- is not about our possessions or status. It is about spirit. And wealth. Not financial wealth but wealth of heart, and drive and the motivation to leave a mark on this world.

I was reminded of that question- "Where is Your Mind" - and am certain that this is at the heart of our folly. We need to stop thinking and start feeling. Because when we leave this earth it will most likely not be computations of our brains we are remembered for but the impact our hearts had on the hearts, the minds, of others.

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  • Blogger isunshine says so:
    9:17 PM  

    All I can say is...AMEN SISTER!! top

  • Blogger Adventures In Babywearing says so:
    10:01 PM  

    Oh yes, you've said it so well... what a beautiful post.

    Steph top

  • Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! says so:
    10:09 PM  

    Wow. Yet another amazing post. You really need to be nominated for one of those bloggy award things. ha! I'm so not into that or even know where to go, or else I would totally nominate you! top

  • Blogger Heidi says so:
    6:55 PM  

    Amen here as well...wonderfully written! top

  • Blogger Elizabeth F. says so:
    10:43 PM  

    I've been thinking about this alot lately as well. We (Americans) have so much! We are spoiled and lazy. And our society caters to and contributes to it as well. We take for granted things that people around the world consider luxuries.

    Great post! top

  • Blogger busybusymomma says so:
    7:02 AM  

    Well said!! top

  • Anonymous O Mama Mia says so:
    2:27 PM  

    Ashlee, you are such an amazing writer!
    Spot on the point, too! We are trying so hard to teach Starlet as to what she views as "having". We want her to know that having friends & relationships, especially with God, is what matters most; not materialistic things.
    hmmmm... I'm feeling some spring cleaning & a huge garage sale coming on. ;) top

  • Blogger tAnYeTTa says so:
    5:05 PM  

    wow! :) top