broken hearts

I knew that someday these questions would arrive. My babies would ask about love, relationships and heart break. Even though I knew it was coming, it still caught be off guard.

“Mom, how do I protect my heart?

I don’t want to get my heart broken when I’m older”

Such a simple question, and yet the moment it came out of her mouth my heart starting racing. I knew that what I said in that moment mattered. I took a deep breath and spoke from my heart. I can only hope that these words will serve her well.

talking about love My response: 

“Don’t protect your heart.

Love fiercely, fully, and with passion.

Give your love freely.

Love without conditions or fear.

You are responsible for your heart. If your heart gets broken- it’s on you!

Broken hearts come, not from loving too much, but from expecting too much from a person.

Taking more than the relationship has to give.

Fighting to hold onto the person when it’s time to let go.

And from attempting to use a person, a love, or a relationship to fill a void within yourself.

A void that only you know how to fill.”

This has worked for me, little one! I pray it will work for you too.

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 My prayer is that they will be able to love, to feel, and to embrace this life fully. That they will know their power, and will be strong enough to withstand the painful blows life may throw their way.

People hurt us, people leave, people die, and crazy shit happens that we can’t control. Pain is a big part of this wild journey we are on.

Pain on this planet is inevitable.

Suffering is optional.

Love & Light,

Barefoot Mama

 

 

 

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playboy can go to the imaginary hell

I spent the first 32 years of my life covering the lower half of my body and my arms.

Jeans, long skirts, dresses…anything but shorts (I didn’t even own a pair till this year).

One day about a year ago I was looking at all the photos. I sat on the floor of my bedroom surrounded by photos of my pre-baby body and said out-loud:

“My goodness, how silly I was to be self-conscious about my body. My body was so beautiful. I wish I had been brave enough to embrace it.”

and in that moment I realized that I don’t want to be sitting on the floor at 80 looking at photos and thinking:

“My goodness, how silly I was to be self-conscious about my body. My body was so beautiful. I wish I had been brave enough to embrace it.”

body imageSo, here I am at 34, after carrying three babies, FINALLY telling media, hollywood, plastic surgeons, barbie dolls, disney princesses, desperate housewives, the cosmetic industry, and playboy to go to the imaginary hell.

I will not be self-conscious about the shell I’m in because I’ve been told it “should” be something it is not.

Beauty is mine to define!

Brooke Hampton
‪#‎takingbackbeauty‬

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where there is smoke, there is fire

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“The less people know, the more stubbornly they know it.” ~Osho   I don’t want to be one of those people who goes through life so stuck in their belief systems that they can’t see the truth when it’s right … Continue reading

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Goddess Rising

Goddess risingYou have laughed at the Wise-Woman, shamed the lover, and judged the wild woman. You have called the healer a witch and openly discarded her ancient remedies and the herbal lore she holds. You have shunned The Priestess, and taunted the empath while you name her weak for her compassion. You have called the Great Mothers instinct running through me crazy so that you can turn your face from the truth. Your actions ring with the ignorance that has come before you, and still is.

You have shamed, shunned, taunted, discarded, laughed at, accused, caged and turned your face from the very thing that could save you.

Enough!

Στόπ!

Rise up Goddesses!

Move in your power. Allow yourself the freedom to feel, love, move, sing, chant, heal, and BE without fear or shame.
Let the Goddess in you rise and do her work!

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~Brooke Hampton

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My Church

This is my sanctuary

church ddthe ground my alter

church dddthe birds my choir

church dddddspring water my priest

church dthe stars my scripture

moon goddeessthe moon my counselor

church ddddsun-gazing my sacrament

church udance my prayer

church ethe trees my fellowship

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Welcome to my church.

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Freedom of Choice

I choose freedom.

My goal in this space has not been to push my belief systems on anyone, but rather to encourage us each to connect with our own intuition.

When our own instincts and intuition are strong, then we already know what we need and what our babies need and don’t need.

What I see as the biggest issue in our culture is not the school system that’s brainwashing our kids, GMOs, vaccines, factory farming, chemtrails, fracking, fluoride, etc., but rather the massive breach in intuition and courage. We are losing our ability to hear our guides, and we are governed by fear.

gmo free

There is information everywhere, should you choose to look for it. There are endless blog posts and websites dedicated to providing information on gentle parenting, homeschooling, sustainable living, clean eating, benefits of walking barefoot, etc. I could personally talk all day about the danger of GMOs and vaccines and the reality that fracking is destroying our water supply, just to name a few. But unless you’re ready to hear me, I am wasting my breath. If you decide you want to know, it’s there for you to see.

The real question is: do you want to know?

I believe I’ve been called to be a bridge. I am here to inspire you to connect with nature and your own intuition. I am here to help you find the courage to listen to your heart.
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The majority of the population has been lulled to sleep. And while they sleep our freedoms are slowly being taken away. People will wake up, and when they do I want them to have the freedom to listen to their intuition.

Laws such as this:

Mandatory Vaccines in CA

(and many other states are considering this as well)

Laws like this take away our right and freedom to choose.

Try to look past your opinions on the vaccine debate. If you want to vaccinate your child that is your choice. To each his own, but this law takes away our right to choose.

Can you see what’s happening?

We are slowly being put in cages.

One day we will wake up, and want out – let’s make sure we still have the key.

We need to pay closer attention and stop letting our freedoms be taken from us.

Once laws like this are in place, it’s nearly impossible to go back.

Speak up while you still can.

little onesI am not interested in convincing you as to what’s right for your child, I am however very interested in preserving the freedom to decide what’s right for mine.

If you don’t have the courage to speak up for yourself, then do it for the children and the children that will come after them.

SPEAK UP: IT’S NOT ILLEGAL YET!!!!

~Brooke Hampton

 

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inTENTSadventure

inTENTSadventure

with Dawn Beyer

dawnMy little sister Dawn Beyer is a musician, song writer and singer who has been passionately pursuing her music since we were kids. She recently tried out for Americas Got Talent, I can’t tell you what the verdict was, but you should definitely watch this season and find out :) This month Dawn is celebrating two years sober! To conquer any major addiction is the most wonderful gift we can give ourselves and we are all really happy for her. In celebration, she has decided to go out into the woods and camp for 30days. She wants to get away from the world and be alone with herself. She wants to write music, refresh her spirit, and be clear on the message she’s meant to bring to the world. My sister is certainly not your average nature girl, and she sure as hell isn’t a girl scout- she didn’t even know how to put up a tent until her first day camping. The fact that she’s just going for it, and learning as she goes is so flippin’ (–>being a good girl, and keeping the language PG since she’ll want to share this..lol) INSPIRING!! I have a feeling this adventure of hers is going to be both entertaining and inspiring.

This is what she said when I asked her why she was doing this.

Why are you doing this: I have had to live with a roommate since I moved out of the house at 18. I want to conquer the fear of being really alone, and to get away from all other energy and people. I need to reconnect with nature to get closer to the source. The source that fills me up and reminds me that this world doesn’t hold. I want to reconnect with a love, a love that nothing can compare to, a love between the soul and its creator.  Nothing here is enough for me. Being alone with just me and God, that’s all I know to do to maybe get back the real reasons I’m here. To be forced to make it work and be happy in the simplest of times. To cut out all the extra noise and voices because Lord knows the ones in my head are already enough. Ha! The noise and busyness of life can make it easy to ignore the core things that need to be looked at, but we don’t feel like dealing with.

me and dawn sunset“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every day, and you can choose to be there for it you can put yourself in the way of beauty.” ~Wild

What are you going to do out there in the woods? Over the next 30days, I’m gonna write down my darkest doubts and regrets, and the fears and truths that I try not to bring to surface. I want to embrace my dark side- the one we all have, but often try to hide from. I want to dive deeper into where I stand with things without any opinions or input. I want to ask for forgiveness, give forgiveness, and accept the things I can’t go back and change. I will keep writing and then at the end of this journey, I will burn that book and end that conversation between my heart and God. I want to get alone and find true love and happiness out here in the middle of nature and the realist of beauties. I need to chase sunsets, slow down time, eat to live, and let the woods be my music. It’s time to settle my soul and sift through my thoughts. I want to be..just be.

dawn beyer music

“Whatever your song, sing it” ~Dawn Beyer

Do you think your time in nature will affect your music?  During this time I will only listen to positive music when in my car commuting to the next place. When I’m not singing somewhere I will just be silent and listen for my next new song. I have a voice to share to bring to the ears, and it is my responsibility to know my message clearly. I’m on a mission to fill my heart with all good things I want pouring out of it. When I write, I am a heart on tap. While I’m out and disconnected from society, I will let the songs come to me that are meant for my time. I want more -to receive, and to be filled with so much love that I can give it out show after show. No matter how many people sit in the seats, I wanna pour out life, love, hope, and smiles to them. I want to go out there on stage a vessel refreshed and taken care of so that I can shine a light where others cannot see.

dawn beyer 333  “I wanna go somewhere far away somewhere nobody knows my name . Get lost somewhere I can find some mountain air and my peace of mind ” ~Dawn Beyer

Dawn’s Blog

HEART ON TAP

You can follow Dawn’s journey on instagram at @DAWNBEYERMUSIC #inTENTSadventures. I can’t go into the woods right now, but I can pitch a tent in my yard. If you feel inspired to join us use the hashtag #inTENTSadventures so we can read about your adventures.

I will be posting her video blogs on my barefoot five YouTube channel, and Dawn will be posting her new songs on her YouTube channel.

DAWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL
BAREFOOT FIVE YOUTUBE CHANNEL

With love,

Brooke & Dawn

 

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Sickness doesn’t scare me anymore

The return of the home apothecary

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ” — Hippocrates

Anyone who has kids has probably experienced the fear related to having a sick child and wanting to do everything within your power to make them well as quickly as possible. When my second child got sick for the first time, we rushed her to the doctor because we wanted them to make her suffering stop as soon as possible. So, antibiotics it was!  Her little body struggled with the antibiotics, she had a severe allergic reaction to one, stomach upset from another, dry patches, and so on. She got three ear infections that year. Antibiotics all three times. Her system was so beat up that if we got within 100 feet of another sick kid, she was sure to get whatever they had. Poor little thing was sick all the ever-loving time. It wasn’t till they set the appointment to put tubes in her ears that I decided to see if there was any other options. I found a natural doctor, and he suggested that the next time she got an ear infection to try olive oil and garlic. Sure enough, 30 days later I had my chance. I took her to see our regular doctor, and he scolded me for canceling her surgery and told me that she did in fact have a double ear infection. He wrote her a prescription, and gave me the fear talk about how she could lose her hearing if I didn’t get tubes put in ASAP. I actually brought her that time just to make sure she didn’t have a busted ear drum. You don’t want to put liquid in a busted ear drum, and at the time I didn’t know how to check for myself. Sadly, you can’t tell your doctors what you’re planning on doing. Eventually we need to get to the point where Doctors are allowed to help and empower caregivers, but that’s another topic for another day. I went home after that visit and got to work. I put olive oil and fresh garlic in her ears every few hours (yes, even in the middle of the night), garlic on her feet and lots of massages and love. I was scared shitless that I was going to hurt her, and that it would be my fault if she suffered any hearing loss. Three days later, I called and made an appointment to have her ears checked. Our doctor said: “Looking much better, but make sure you finish the full 10 day course of antibiotics” (ha!) At the end of the days days of home remedies, I went back and had them look again. THEY WERE CLEAR!! I cried all the way home. All those rounds of antibiotics and I could have done it myself with stuff I use to cook with. I wanted to scream! I was mad, angry and determined to learn more.

 little beauty“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” –Thomas Edison

As soon as her ears were clear, I had her tested for food allergies. She has not had an ear infection in almost 7 years.  None of the doctors we saw ever suggested that it could be something she was eating or an allergy to dairy. Why?

We have since naturally conquered many illnesses, infections and ailments in our home. I am always learning, and I don’t always get it right, but the point is that I try. I do everything I can at home before I take them to a Doctor. I am a great example of someone who knew absolutely nothing about natural medicine, and now only 6 years later I can confidently treat almost any common ailment at home. Doctors are great back up for our kitchen remedies. They are there to help when we can’t figure it out. They’re there for those times when the fever won’t break and you’re at a loss for what the cause is. Doctors are a great blessing, and grateful to have them there should we ever need a limb sewn back on, stitches, broken bones set, or any other major repair. Our culture has almost completely handed over our ability to doctor ourselves to physicians, and I personally think this is a huge mistake.

It’s time for the rebirth of kitchen remedies.

I don’t have a license to practice medicine, but I will go up against any doctor any day in treating everyday ailments.

apothecaryOur culture wants to feel good quick, and we don’t really think about the long term cost involved.

Sickness can be a gift. With it comes an opportunity to grow, strengthen our immune system, learn more about our bodies, and empower ourselves. When we put forth the effort to learn and treat our children, and ourselves at home, we are given a chance to detox, purge, and make our bodies stronger. When you treat a child with antibiotics, it takes their system months possible years to recover. When you treat a child with onion, garlic, liquid silver, cayenne, lemon balm, ginger root, essential oils, coconut oil, rest, green juice, home made soups, poultices, and teas they come out on the other side of sickness STRONGER!!

Sickness is an opportunity for growth.

Don’t run from it, run with it, and learn from it!

~Brooke Hampton 

We share lots of our daily remedies on Barefoot Five instagram account if you’d like to follow along. You can also search the hashtag #barefootremedies and you will find us.

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Beauty is ours to define

beauty“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” ― Steve Maraboli

I received a really interesting email today. Somewhere in the middle of the mentioned email, the man who is a stranger to me wrote:

“If you got a boob job, you would LITERALLY be the perfect woman!!!”

 I wanted to address his use of the word literally, but instead I decided to respond to his unsolicited opinion on the size of my breasts (My soft, perky boobies that don’t need a bra, and which I happen to really like).

This was my response:

I worked this body hard with my dad as a kid to help feed my family. I’ve cared for and loved many people with this these hands, this heart, this body. I’ve carried, delivered, and fed three amazing human beings with this body. I’ve danced, and kissed the earth with these bare calloused feet. I’ve cut and scrapped myself climbing trees and playing in the mud with my kids. I’ve scarred myself trying to create a sustainable farm for my babies to grow up on. I have wrinkles in my forehead from endlessly reading into the night under limited highway lighting during my years living on the road as a kid. My body has gone without and has not been pampered, but it is strong and I am grateful for that. My eyelids droop a little from many sleepless nights up with sick babies, friends, dying loved ones, and animals who were injured. This body has been pushed passed it’s limits trying to keep up with my mind that has spun for days on end without sleep because it couldn’t rest until I had absorbed everything it could on a new topic. This body has traveled and made many amazing memories in it’s short time here. My skin has spent many long, sweaty afternoons under this hot Texas sun in order care for the earth and give love to my plants and animals. I have wrinkles, scars and beautiful imperfections because I’ve laughed, cried, traveled, worked and loved hard in this body. I’m proud of the memories I’ve made in this shell, and I’m not fond of the idea of allowing any part of this body to be cut, and altered in order to fit into someone else’s idea of what beauty looks like. I am “perfect” just the way I am.

With love,

Brooke’s Soul

Funny thing is, I wasn’t the slightest bit offended because I fucking love my body. It did set me to thinking though. It made me think about our cultures perception of beauty and perfection.

I am sad for the son, that this is the message he will struggle to reject.  I’m sad for my girls that this is the mindset they will have to stand against.

Listen! I believe we are innately better than this!

Let’s take back the image of beauty that’s been taken from us. Media and the beauty industry have successfully twisted, distorted, and altered the image of beauty at our expense, and then sold it back to us.

Beauty is ours to define!

Take back your right to define what beauty looks like for you.

#takingbeautyback

 ~Brooke Hampton

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Love’s Handmaiden

I am 33 and I feel like I am only just beginning to see and understand what unconditional love is really capable of.

I watched too many Disney movies as a kid and read a few too many Jane Austen novels and I think it really fucked up my idea of what love is “supposed” to look like.

I’ve been thinking, writing and talking about love a lot lately and I’ve decided that I am called to be Love’s handmaiden

I now work directly for the Love itself.

loves handmaidenI am here on this planet to love whoever I am assigned to with everything I have.

Someone recently asked me what I believe in. The answer came so quick and rang to true as it left my lips,

“I believe in love” 

I believe that love is our only real magic.

I believe the ability to give and receive unconditional LOVE is our greatest gift.

I used to feel so much guilt around loving multiple people because I had been taught that our hearts are only given away once to our one true love. That story no longer resonates with me.

I want to give my love freely- free of bullshit, agendas, contracts, conditions and fear. Truly allowing myself to love who Love commands me to love.

Some of you might be reading this and saying to yourself: “Is she saying we should walk away from all our commitments and join a hippie commune so we can make-love to anyone we feel like, whenever we feel like it”

As good as that actually sounds to me, No. That’s not at all what I’m saying. It’s strange to me that when you give someone a long heartfelt hug or hold a friends hand people are so quick to assume that you want to have sex with them. In this sex crazed culture we’re living in, it could benefit us all to exercise other (even more powerful) forms of showing and sharing our love with each other.

Sex is good medicine, but it’s not always the right medicine.

Our hearts have more love to give than we give them credit for. Our hearts are vast and beautiful and filled to the brim with endless supplies of healing love magic. They just need a little freedom so they can do the work set out for them.

Our hearts need freedom to love.

My heart needs freedom to love in all the many forms gifted to us. Freedom to reach out and grab a friends hand or hug a stranger without my motives being questioned. Freedom to love organically as if I’d never been told how or where or when I was “supposed” to love.

I am searching out the the courage to break down the walls around my heart and love the way my instincts are telling me to love.

My Love Mantra: I am Love’s handmaiden. I work directly for Love itself. I am called to love however my heart commands me to love. Love flows through me freely and in many different forms. I am the daughter, the mother, the sister, the friend, the lover of love. I came here to give my love freely and without condition.

I am Love.

With freedom and unconditional love,

Love’s Handmaiden

 

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