Repost: Podcast with Singer and Zen Mama Tara MacLean

I’m heading to Salt Spring Island here in British Columbia for the weekend. It’s my first time, and so I decided to re-air my interview with the lovely zen mama and Salt Spring resident Tara MacLean. Happy listening!

The now-defunct website SweetMama.ca once named me its “Best Teacher of Zen Motherhood”. I should have gotten a screen cap so that I could prove this, but since it’s now gone you’ll have to take my word for it. Since I often feel less-than-zen, I found this both flattering and a little bit surprising. But today on the Strocel.com podcast I’m thrilled to share an interview with one seriously zen mama, Tara MacLean Grand. Tara is most famous as a singer/songwriter. She’s worked as a solo artist and as part of the group “Shaye”. She’s also been part of a Canadian reality TV show. She’s toured internationally, appeared on Conan, and signed with some major record labels. And then she had babies, and she switched gears.

Strocel.com Podcast Tara MacLean GrandIn speaking with Tara, I discovered someone who really embraces life, and jumps in to new experiences. In addition to being a singer/songwriter she’s a doula, the prenatal consultant to her husband’s company Moksha Yoga, and an ordained minister. As someone who tends towards being overcautious, I find the way that Tara follows her passions to be inspiring. Former podcast guest Christine Pilkington agrees, which is why Tara MacLean will be a video presenter at the Leading Moms event in Vancouver next week. If you’re in the area, you may want to check it out.

During our conversation Tara and I talked about music, motherhood, yoga, suffering, childbirth and the meaning of life. Tara leaps from profound truths to humour, and I think maybe that really is what makes her a model zen mama. She knows what matters, and she also knows not to take it all too seriously. We could all use a little bit more of that, I think.

Whether you’re a musician, a mom, or you could just use a little inspiration, I encourage you to listen to the podcast:

Next week I’ll be sharing a podcast on body acceptance with Jennifer Rowe, who blogs at Fat and Not Afraid. I’m really looking forward to it. If you’ve ever struggled with your own self-image, you’ll want to tune in. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes and you won’t miss a minute! Also, if you have a podcast idea, please share it with me. I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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