A Sound Bath

Expressing Motherhood decided to ring in the New Year by literally ringing it in. We had Jamie Bechtold, a local LA woman, who conducts private and public sound baths come over to my home and play for a group of us.

Beautiful Jamie Bechtold.
Beautiful Jamie Bechtold.

 

Jamie brings her own gongs and bowls. She set up in my living room.
Jamie brings her own gongs and bowls. She set up in my living room.

I met Jamie a long time ago when we worked at the same restaurant in West Hollywood.

We held our event on a Saturday morning, which is a tricky time for a lot of moms but we did it anyway. Asking a bunch of moms to come over at 9:30AM and lie on your living room floor and just relax is just not what we moms are used to doing in the AM.

I’ll admit I had a hard time stopping my mind but I felt pretty good afterwards. Like Jamie said sometimes it’s good to let your mind just run through everything it needs to.

Nobody there had participated in a sound bath before but I know that I will be trying it out again. As Shannon Noel Webb said as she walked into my house with her fabulous PJ pants and UGGS, “You have to love LA. A sound bath with a bunch of moms on a Saturday morning!” We laughed.

Shannon Noel Webb. At sound baths you can show up in your pjs and bring pillows.
Shannon Noel Webb. At sound baths you can show up in your pjs and bring pillows.

It was great to get together. Part of my goal, less time online and more time in front of faces.

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Some food was served, well catered, from the delicious Heirloom LA and goodie bags were graciously donated by fellow sponsors for the event.

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Organic lip balms from Eco Assist. I spoke to the owner, Sara Rampersaud and she said,

“Eco Assist is a small apothecary that specializes in handcrafted, organic body care & DIY products. Our company was built on a simple philosophy: What goes on us gets in us, and what gets in us matters. Like apothecaries of old, Eco Assist handcrafts all of its products in small batches, using only the finest in organic and truly natural ingredients.

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As a mom of two I am in a constant state of trying to strike a balance between work-time, family-time and the oh-so-elusive ‘me-time’. After years of juggling these three things I’ve come to accept that ‘balance’ isn’t a destination, it’s a journey. If I allow myself to put the most important things first (namely, my kids), somehow I find time to do the rest…although, I must admit that I’ve had my fair share of late-night work sessions following afternoons of playing in the park!”

I found another mom, Lori Hays, who donated amazing candles made from wine glasses.

Napa Uncorked Candles
Napa Uncorked Candles

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Lori said “I have an 11 year old son and a 9 year old daughter.  We moved to Northern California this summer and I started making candles in November.  My brother suggested that I make wine candles since I live so close to Napa and local wineries.

Once I put the kids to bed I start melting the wax and putting it all together.”

Lori has generously set up a discount for Expressing Motherhood readers. Just use the code 01012013. The candles can be found on Napauncorkedcandles or Etsy.

Lori Hays
Lori Hays