Welcome Earthside, Arian Om Bray!

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Here’s a little view of our precious gift, Arian Om Bray (pronounced Ah-ree-an) After just 10.5 hours, starting at 1am, Monday the 22nd, by the light of the New Black Moon, and with only 30 minutes of pushing, he emerged to grace the sacred Earth, weighing a whopping 10 lbs., 13 oz., 22 inches long, 15″ head, and over 16″ chest!

AND without a single intervention other than a quick head check and catch at the end…and a great deal of love, support, woo-ing, back rubbing, kissing, encouragement and cosmic vibes from my a-ma-zing husband. My only medicine was love and song…toning deep and primal through each of the many rushes. What an absolute blesSing, every single moment. I am so grateful for my own strength and for the commUNITY of love around me.

Since I opened up like a lotus, without a single tear, I am healing beautifully, and fully enjoying every single glance at our beautiful Arian. Boy is he hungry, too! I am one busy Mama, nursing him on demand, around the clock. What an absolute pleasure!

Thanks so much to my wonderful midwife team, Vines Midwifery Service!

Love Infinite~

Om,
Jess

My children…

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my precious children, like trees may you grow
gracing the heavenly skies
rooted deeply in our Divine Mother
gently swayed, unshaken by the currents of life
may I sit at your feet
basking in thy wisdom eternal
singing songs of our love
as one, evermore
~ Jess Bray ♥ ∞

Research shows music reduces pain, slows heart rates and improves children’s moods

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Can singing ease a child’s pain? b

Absolutely! Last night, my Mom brought my son home at 2am with difficulties breathing (major head congestion). Bless him, he was moaning and could not get a wink of sleep. After some natural remedies, which seemed to ease him a bit, he was still having troubles getting settled in bed. I began to sing “his song” to him, and within seconds, he finally drifted off…and this is just the most recent example of many.

Music transcends, as life itself is an intricately woven tapestry of vibration waves (aka…sound waves). Now 21 weeks pregnant, I can also say that even before our babes are born, they respond to music in utero. Sweet babe can be still as can be, but begin to sing, drum or play music and movement ensues, often to the beat.

I am thankful for the increasing amount of research being done to prove music and singing as a powerful tool for well being.

~ Jess ∞ ♥

The Wisdom of Children ~ I am child, I am Mother

"Aria" by Jess Bray (inspired by Motherhood)
“Aria” by Jess Bray (inspired by Motherhood)

Just as most Earth children want, I desire to be seen and understood for who I truly am, to have the freedom to share deeply and truly, and to unapologetically express the wisdom I have come to share in the world. There is a deeper reason for the children we are blessed enough to bring into the world. They are meant to help us grow. Often our greatest teachers they lead us to the places within that need releasing, taking us to new depths and heights. As a Mom, this has become so clear to me. As Abner’s Mom, and now, the host of my next child, I can say that I have seen more clearly, learned more fully and loved and felt more deeply than I ever knew possible.

~ Jess Bray ♥

The 12 Children of the Light: An Astrological Tale

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a divine breadcrumb trail led me here this morning. be sure to read the end as well as your sign. there is no need to be overwhelmed by the seeming enormity of what lies before us. we are not islands. that is why we have each other, why we are meant to connect, not in competition, but to help provide the piece that is ours to give and surrender to the next to carry it forth. we each carry an important task and gift. it takes great wisdom and courage to know when to act and when it is time to step back and allow the flow.

The 12 Children of the Light: An Astrological Tale

~ Jess Bray ♥ 

The importance of play…

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“You can’t teach creativity; all you can do is let it blossom, and it blossoms in play.”

This article is a bit long, but an easy read that’s well worth the time. It highlights the effects our “lack of play” in standard school systems have on our children’s ability to thrive and become adults who essentially, follow their bliss, and find success in choosing meaningful work. He also refers to education from a hunter-gatherer perspective.  ~ Jess Bray ♥