So, whose lamebrain idea was it to put the words "chop" and "baby" together in a name, anyway?
Let's blame the Buddha, because, well, blaming the Buddha is also kind of a lamebrain idea. He was the one who was purported to say, "Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood carry water."
What does this have to do with chopping babies, you ask? Well, the Buddha's adage applies to life after kids, too. No matter where you are on your path toward enlightenment, the wood still needs chopping and the babies still need to be carried. All the mindfulness practices you *thought* you understood in your life before kids are now merely lovely scribbles in your old notebooks. When the sh*t hits the nappy (and the floor, and the walls, and probably your hands, too), this is the time to see how deeply your dharma has seeped into your consciousness.
Put it this way: in regular life, deep breaths are a wonderful tool for equanimity. Taking deep breaths mid-diaper change while standing next to the too-full diaper pail? Not so much. Hold your breath like your life depends on it, and repeat the mantra in your head, "It's just food."
Thus, you soldier on, chopping wood whilst carrying babies and trying to maintain some form of balance between the mindful life you know is out there somewhere and the chaos that small creatures may have wrought within.
So, if mindfulness seems difficult at the moment (because you very well may have already lost your mind), Chop Wood Carry Baby aims to at least lighten your journey by offering some honest and raw reflections on the balance of parenthood and your "path", as well as sharing some nature-based tools for parents and parents-to-be as they chop and carry their way through the day.
Founded by Karina Mackenzie in 2016, Chop Wood Carry Baby was born out of the desire to share the beauty of plant-based power with mindful mamas and wandering gypsies alike. Wherever you are on your journey, and no matter how full your plate, we salute you. This is it.
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