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Mindfulness Practice

Slow Like a Sloth

  This week in small group we are studying SLOTHS!   Until we slow down in the moment, and during life in general, relaxation practice isn’t effective or even very possible.  Slowing down in the first step in the relaxation response, … Continue reading

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I Feel Calm Now

In the yoga tradition, there is a beautiful grounding and focusing chant (Sa Ta Na Ma–kirtan kriya), that is coupled with finger movements.  Whenever I practice this chant, my mind calms down and I often feel like I am floating … Continue reading

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Light as a Feather

As a parting gift for the summer vacation, I gave students a feather today.  We talked about mindfulness and why it is important to bring your attention into the present moment so that you can relax, be aware of how … 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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Balancing Stones

When my daughters and I traveled to the Northern coast of Scotland last summer, we visited the enchanting village of Findhorn.  Findhorn is an Ecovillage that became famous in the 1970’s when founders, Eileen and Peter Caddy with Dorothy McClean, … Continue reading

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Labyrinth: A Journey into Relaxation

Walking the Path This past summer I had the opportunity to visit the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth to walk it for the third time. Giant in size, it is a walk of heart. In fact, the first time I set foot … Continue reading

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Tea Time for Kids: An Infusion of Calm

Tea Time is a perfect mindfulness activity for kids.  Even in the school setting, we will occasionally set out the placemats, and tea cups and spend some relaxing moments in connection and mindful sensory perception.  Kids love it!  Both the … Continue reading

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The Power of Mindfulness

Want to bring mindfulness into your life with kids?  My suggestion would be to try it out yourself first, really become familiar with it, establish your own practice,  THEN share it with the kids in your life.  Dr. Amy Salesman, … Continue reading

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One Minute of Mindfulness: The Fox and The Child Video

Several years ago, my daughters and I watched a beautiful movie called The Child and The Fox, a 2007 French film directed by  2007 Luc Jacquet.  Narrated by Kate Winslet, it’s a story about a girl who befriends a fox in the … Continue reading

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