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  1. I’m with you about spirituality and self-help… Why should we work to have a nice clean home if not to free time for ourselves and our dear ones. I love your call to women’s wellbeing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m with you about spirituality and self-help… Why should we work to have a nice clean home if not to free time for ourselves and our dear ones. I love your call to women’s wellbeing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Taking care of your own spiritual well being (however you define that for your own self) is the equivalent of when the stewardess on an airplane explains that in the event of some malfunction, you must apply the oxygen mask to your own self before attending to the needs of others. It seems selfish and impossible – “how could I not put it on my child or spouse or whomever is *more important than I am* first?”If you are spiritually “dead” or at least not thriving, then how can anything which you are doing or saying help anyone else?

  4. Taking care of your own spiritual well being (however you define that for your own self) is the equivalent of when the stewardess on an airplane explains that in the event of some malfunction, you must apply the oxygen mask to your own self before attending to the needs of others. It seems selfish and impossible – “how could I not put it on my child or spouse or whomever is *more important than I am* first?”
    If you are spiritually “dead” or at least not thriving, then how can anything which you are doing or saying help anyone else?

  5. Meditation don’t get the dishes washed. As for scribing, NEVER put anything in writing. I know I’m not the typical subscriber, perhaps I shouldn’t be here at all, but come on, give us something a little more concrete to go on. I already know who I am and what my needs are, and, though many times I feel put upon and taken for granted, I like being a housewife and the freedom it brings. I may be ironing at midnight, but that’s because I’ve been watching Netflix all day.

  6. Meditation don’t get the dishes washed. As for scribing, NEVER put anything in writing. I know I’m not the typical subscriber, perhaps I shouldn’t be here at all, but come on, give us something a little more concrete to go on. I already know who I am and what my needs are, and, though many times I feel put upon and taken for granted, I like being a housewife and the freedom it brings. I may be ironing at midnight, but that’s because I’ve been watching Netflix all day.

  7. No , but meditation does calm our minds and allow us to be fully present for those we love. And dish washing itself can be an act of meditation. Thich Nhat Hahn said “was each dish as if it were a tiny Buddha”. I think housekeeping and meditation go so well together, a chance to slow down and focus on this one thing in front of us. I, personally, need that as a foil to my busy life at work.Just bought this book to read on holiday – sounds good!
    Alison, I listened to your response to surveys. I think you should remain authentic, that is what touches people, the willingness and vulnerability to show up and talk about the joys, the sorrows, the gloomy days. It is all part of the tapestry of life!

  8. No , but meditation does calm our minds and allow us to be fully present for those we love. And dish washing itself can be an act of meditation. Thich Nhat Hahn said “was each dish as if it were a tiny Buddha”. I think housekeeping and meditation go so well together, a chance to slow down and focus on this one thing in front of us. I, personally, need that as a foil to my busy life at work.
    Just bought this book to read on holiday – sounds good!
    Alison, I listened to your response to surveys. I think you should remain authentic, that is what touches people, the willingness and vulnerability to show up and talk about the joys, the sorrows, the gloomy days. It is all part of the tapestry of life!

  9. Dearest Allison, I’ve been following your site for years now, 2007 I believe. Your site gives me the same joy buzz that I get from Alexandra Franzen. Just joined housekeeping superstars, and will follow you for as long as you care to be followed.

  10. Dearest Allison, I’ve been following your site for years now, 2007 I believe. Your site gives me the same joy buzz that I get from Alexandra Franzen. Just joined housekeeping superstars, and will follow you for as long as you care to be followed.

  11. Allison, I am (incredibly) late replying to this post, but the “abstract” spirituality, combined with the “concrete” know-how is exactly why I come to your site almost every day, and became a Housekeeping Superstar to ensure I don’t miss a single ounce of your delicious wisdom!

  12. Allison, I am (incredibly) late replying to this post, but the “abstract” spirituality, combined with the “concrete” know-how is exactly why I come to your site almost every day, and became a Housekeeping Superstar to ensure I don’t miss a single ounce of your delicious wisdom!

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