Nurturing Rhythms September 17, 2011 by Shiva Rose Nurturing Rhythms September 17, 2011 My younger daughter has started kindergarten at a Rudolph Steiner school in our area. Steiner, founder of Biodynamics, was a highly trained scientist and philosopher. Steiner believed that western civilization would bring destruction to itself and the earth, if it didn't begin to value the spiritual world and its relation to the physical world. He felt that a rhythm in the home and at school was crucial for a child's development. Having had an erratic few years, I am now striving for a consistent rhythm at home. The Waldorf schools also recommend and urge parents to resist television in the home. My older daughter rarely watches the one we have, but my younger one finds refuge in the very few shows I let her watch. I am now considering getting rid of my cable and just watching films as a treat. It seems with the coming of autumn, trying to solidify a rhythm, and trying to hold on to these fleeting moments before my older daughter is fully grown, I should also give up the escapism in the big metal box. I will let you know what transpires. This week we have so many roses that truly exemplify the concept of finding a nurturing rhythm. Leah Forester, a Waldorf mom shares with us a recipe from her new blog Rainbow Foods, Radiant Children; Mariel Hemingway continues to forge the way with her light; Jessica Ranek makes rings that sparkle and heal; and we have another recipe from Nena. Next week will be the first day of fall. I hope we all find a soothing, nurturing rhythm that heals us and the planet . . .