Winter

So even though it’s winter and the outside weather is cold and I don’t walk outside as much, I have to say that this winter has been bearable. Why? Because every morning I wake up looking at my daughter Fiona’s smile. What a way to start the day!  It’s the most amazing thing what a smile can do for you. Not shortly after her big smile both my husband and I start smiling too. So thankful she’s in our lives:) Fiona is now 4 months and is starting to babble a bit and it’s the cutest thing ever. Smile-babble-smile- babble. Life is good!

For the next couple of weeks I will be putting together mindful after school programs for the spring in the Fuller and the Malborough school. We will be doing mindful movements, breathing and reading some mindful stories. Really excited about that! Teaching mindfulness more than ever in my life has made my world more fulfilling and changed my perception a lot. It’s helped my relationships with my friends, family and especially my children. Even though I am still human and loose it once in a while, the freak out time lasts a lot shorter and occurs less. It’s not how long you focus on your breath but more the consistency of it. So even if you have 1 minute a day to focus on your breath, same time, place, life will improve. Some great books  to share with your kids are “Mindful Movements” by Thich That Hanh and “Mindful Games” by Susan Kaiser Greenland.

Last but not least, here’s a link to my article in the local newspaper, the Keene Sentinel: http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/for-ederveen-gorman-a-deep-breath-makes-all-the-difference/article_608cb676-ca7a-5117-8954-0016856f641b.html

Look forward to seeing everybody at the Y on Tuesdays.

Wishing you all well and sending you many blessings,

Ditteke

Back at work after giving birth to my daughter

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So happy to be back teaching at the Y in Keene after giving birth to Fiona Eve, born on September 21st. She’s now 1 month old and even though I don’t get as much sleep as I would like I am so thankful she’s in our lives. So excited to introduce her to my extended family at the YMCA. Tuesdays meditation class is at 4:15pm and family yoga on Wednesdays at 4:15pm, all ages welcome.

See you all soon,

Ditteke

Mindfulness in the public school system

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I am very excited to start my mindfulness program in the public school system in Keene this year. It’s been a goal of mine for the past years to implement a mindful program for students as well as teachers and it’s happening now! We’ll be breathing, connecting and getting our brains in an optimal state for learning. I will also offer an 8 week course for teachers next year who would like to get a deeper knowledge and integrate the whole program in their class. I will keep you all up to date on when and where:)))

The other exciting news is that I will also be delivering my daughter Fiona at the end of September, which I am very excited about! I have not been writing as much in my blog as I have been focussed on my pregnancy and my program…but all is well. Just lots of good stuff happening all at once!

I have 2 of my wonderful co-workers at the YMCA: Ginnete and Priya who will be taking over my meditation and family yoga classes, while I will be away on my 2 month maternity leave.

As always,

Wishing you all well,

Ditteke

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I am so grateful for teaching at the YMCA and having a great group of people who come to my classes every week. I really appreciate the new faces and the familiar ones, it’s so nice to see our YMCA meditation community grow! There are  3 classes I offer now: Tuesday meditation at 4:15pm, Wednesday family yoga at 4:15pm and Thursdays an 8 week conscious parenting class at 7pm (offered in fall sessions and spring sessions). Every class is a little different, because why not! It is fun to expect the unexpected and to know you are safe and open to new ideas that help you grow into the beautiful person that you all already are! As we continue to grow into a more aware human being and releasing patterns that are no longer helpful for us we will live a more fulfilled life. That is my intention behind all my classes: to give you the tools to create a happier, healthier, more balanced life for yourself and thereby your family, friends and our community. As you become more aware of the negative voices in your head and you learn how to shift those into more helpful patterns, you are on the way to healing. It can be a fun adventurous journey that only you can make, you are in charge of your life! I know a lot of you have requested an evening class and hope to offer that soon, in the meantime feel free to come to thursday evening if you already have taken the conscious parenting class before. It’s a lot to integrate into your life and it’s always helpful to be in a group with like-minded people that are interested in the same things you are. With all that said I wish you all well and send you all lots of love and light!

xoxoxox

Ditteke

P.S If you are looking for some cool gifts for christmas I have my towel backpacks that I designed and used my artwork on for sale at Stonewall farm. They are $28 each and 50% goes to Stonewall farm!!! xoxox