Mindful Mama Carnival: Call for Submissions

Update: Check out the Mindful Mama Carnival Homepage for the most recent updates.

We all talk about how we want to bring more connectedness into our lives. We may want to connect with spirit, our bodies, acceptance, forgiveness or simply to find peace. Whether you already have a practice that centers you or you want to have a practice, but haven’t yet begun, here is a chance to write about what keeps you going or keeps you from starting and read what others are experiencing on their own journeys.

A few Ideas:

  • Asana Practice
  • Meditation Practice
  • Philosophical Reading Practice
  • Philosophical Writing Practice
  • Other Regular Practice that will fit into this idea

I hope you’ll join me in writing about what mindful practice means to you. Please submit your post on the form below by Wednesday, June 15th 11:59pmPST and have your post up on Thursday, June 23rd. I will send you code for the top and bottom of you post that will link to any other participants in the carnival Wednesday, June 22nd with final update on June 23rd.

If you have any questions, please feel free to tweet me (fastest) or comment below or email me zoie.touchstonez at gmail.com

Copy this badge code and add it to your blog sidebar:

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You can fill out the form at the bottom of this post or go directly to the submission form Here

FAQs
Q: How can I follow the Carnival on Twitter?
A: You can follow me on Twitter and you can use the hashtag #MindMaCar

Q: I have no idea what a Blog Carnival is.
A: Google has some great resources that you can get immersed in about this. But, here’s my Q&D run-on sentence explanation (if this confuses you, please ask Google, as there are far more eloquent minds out there than mine): Everyone writes a post related to a topic, edits and schedules it for the carnival date, submits it to the carnival organizer per the instructions, who then checks to see that everyone is peachy, contacts everyone with code and/or corrections. Then it’s go for launch. Posts go up, everyone runs around in a reading and commenting orgy until we all fall down panting and wondering who ate all the bean dip. Connections made, glasses clinked, and everyone leaves with a happy fuzzy feeling and hopefully their own underwear.

Q: I’d like to participate, but I haven’t done a carnival before and I don’t know how to handle the participant code you are talking about. Can I still participate?
A: Please consider participating anyway. I would like the carnival to be about sharing with one another by writing and reading about all the various takes we’ll have on the topics. The participant code is to make it easier to find one another’s posts to read and leave some comment love. I’m sure the other participants would appreciate it if you include the code as it creates amount of cross traffic from blog to blog. It is not a requirement, simply a request that you include it. This is what the code is: 2 blocks of html text. The only thing you do with each block is highlight (select) it, copy it, and then paste it into your post. Preview, then Save the Updates, if you’re happy with it. You don’t have to mess with or have any knowledge of html to do this. If you have ever copy and pasted, then you can do it. Again, if you choose not to include the code, that’s fine. Another alternative is to link back to my post the day of, if you feel okay about that.

Q: I’m neither Mindful nor a Mama, but I would like to participate.
A: If you’ve got something that can add to the conversation, please be welcome.

Q: Is there anything I can’t write about for the Carnival?
A: I would like your post to be tied to the topic someway, but I’m open to hearing about why something unrelated would be relevant. Feel free to shoot me an email. Some things I can think of like, excessive typos, grammatical errors, attacks, commercial/sales/spam, or far off-topic posts are not things I would like to be included. So, I may notify you that they will not be included or request that they be edited for resubmission. The earlier you submit your post, the better, if you’re at all concerned about it. I’ll do my best to work with you. If I don’t hear back from you on an issue that would keep a post out of the carnival, then I may keep it out.

Gotta question? I’m all ears.

3Jun2011 Update: Added some FAQs
2Jun2011 Update: Twitter hastag: #mindMaCar
1Jun2011 Update: The WordPress html editor is giving me problems by interpreting the code for the badge & google doc links, even though I’m following their tutorial instructions to the letter. I had this same issue with the L2L badge. So, I’m giving it a break & I’ll try to correct the badge code another day. Also, going over to support about not being able to embed the google doc.

Update and Sneak Peek 31 August, 2011 If you’re thinking of grabbing a badge, please note that there will be an updated badge soon with a new link. The next Mindful Mama Carnival dates, topic, and two announcements will be coming this week!
Update 30 June, 2011 The second Mindful Mama Carnival will be in September 2011. Topic and exact date TBD. Please subscribe using the links on the right, so you don’t miss future updates.

23 thoughts on “Mindful Mama Carnival: Call for Submissions

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  2. Oh too bad I didn’t see this before…loved so many of the posts – great carnival!!! i would have loved to participate…I just posted this week over at Authentic Parenting about connecting with little ones through relaxation and visualization with little ones… would love to participate next time if possible :)

    • Thank you for commenting, Mudpie mama. I’ll be tweeting and facebooking before the next one and I hope you’ll join in. I’ll go check out your post at Authentic Parenting. It sounds fab!

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  8. I tried typing a response to your comment on my blog but blogger is being weird and wont let me leave comments on my own blog. : /
    I just wanted to say thank you for what you said and ask if you received my post yet. I was unsure if I filled it out right or not. Also would you like for me to write more something about meditation? I was originally going to do that but when I sat down to write it just ended up going in a different direction. Let me know and I would feel honored to write another one.
    Thanks for hosting the carnival! : )

    • ORM, thanks so much for commenting. I don’t see anything from you in the form. Would you mind trying the form again? I’m happy with anything you wish to write (especially if it’s something that arose in you organically)

      For this first carnival, I’m really looking to see what is coming up for everyone and see what we are all doing to explore practices that bring us a sense of renewal, whatever they may be. Also, looking at what may be holding us back or what keeps us hooked on our practices. It’s very wide open to anything people want to explore.

      If all goes well and the response is good, I’d like to do some on specific topics, such as meditation practice in the future. So, perhaps save it for that?

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  10. I love, love, love this! It comes at a challenging time for me, but I’ll do my best to write something up before the deadline! I think our road trip will be an excellent chance to report on which mindfulness practices carry me through adversity best.

I love comments and try to reply to each one. I look forward to connecting with you. Namaste

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