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Heart of Gold

We always hear “heart of gold” being used to describe someone’s loving and generous presence.  Today in my girls’ group, we talked about how to take care of our own hearts, which are our inner gold.  I explained to the … Continue reading

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Presence in Parenting Part Two

“The most precious gift you can give to the one you love is your true presence.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh   When you are mindful of your breathing, you are building a bridge between your mind and body.  And, as Thich … Continue reading

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Presence in Parenting Part One

  I’ve recently been diving into a little book by Thich Nhat Hanh called True Love, and it’s become an inspiration for my parenting, my work in the schools as well as the connections and relationships in my life.  In … Continue reading

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Fairies and Ladybugs To Relax

Nonverbal and Visual cues to relax are essential for establishing a relaxing, calm atmosphere for learning.  Less talk more focus is how it goes in my school.  Here is an idea about how to use fun, playful, engaging reminders to … Continue reading

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Deep Breathing Board

Deep Breathing Board Create a fun reminder to take a deep breath!  Recently while at Hobby Lobby, I came across this wipe off calendar board and thought it would be a fun way to make a Deep Breath Schedule 🙂 … Continue reading

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Your Greatest Treasure

Thoughts are Things The way we think has the power to determine how we feel and how we experience the world around us.  Have you heard the saying, “Thoughts are things?”  Teaching our kids how to observe and shift their … Continue reading

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Still Pond…Ancient Forest

This meditation is for calming, soothing, and feeling serenity within.  Guide your child to a pond in the middle of an ancient, untouched, pristine forest to gaze upon the still water. Find a space where you and your child can … Continue reading

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The Mindful Pencil: Classroom One-Minute Relaxer

Here’s a quick one-minute relaxer that you can do in your classroom.  Invite students to grab a pencil.  While holding the pencil horizontally between their palms, slowly begin to breathe in and out while mindfully rolling the pencil up and … Continue reading

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Stoplight Deep Breath!

Relaxation Practice in the Car! A perfect time to practice deep breathing during your day is to use time in the car! 1.  Prime the mind to relax by focusing on the positive: Invite your child to name 5 things … Continue reading

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Fairy Tale Meditations

Good Morning! I am so honored to be able to sit here and blog (FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER), alongside Zemirah. For those of you wondering, my name is Maurie and I am interning under Zemirah this semester as I … Continue reading

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