Podcast: Singer and Zen Mama Tara MacLean

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 an interview with another zen mama, Danielle Mika Nagel. She’s a meditation and yoga teacher, and she’ll be talking about the benefits of mindfulness both for us and for our kids. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes and you won’t miss a minute!

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  1. Great to hear Tara’s story.
    This was one of the most inspiring and touching moments of the Leading moms conference, Tara MacLean’s song was a great reminder of how grateful I should be of the standing ovations my wee ones give me every day!
    Leading moms was a life changing event for me and I am sure it impacted every attendee at some level.
    I felt so blessed to witness laughter, tears, delicious food, dancing, inspiration, fashion & biotechnology, all in one day at leadings moms! Great job!
    Looking forward to next year event =)
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