by Shannon Cutts
Recently I finally got to watch “The Dallas Buyers Club,” starring two of my fav actors – Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.
First of all (and just for the record), Matthew McConaughey will always be hot...
Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: First off I totally agree with Shannon's remarks about Matthew McConaughey - he is hot and indeed an incredible actor! I also appreciate a lot her reflections on her painful past. Take a moment and look back over your life experiences. You may discover some of the bitter moments have now become your best learning moments.
by CJ Wright
Did you know that a plain deck of playing cards is packed with symbolism?
* The four suits represents the four seasons and vary from the usual tarot associations...
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen: Who knew a regular deck of Poker Cards was rife with symbolism? I sure didn't. Enjoy learning the symbolism behind the deck that we've all played with, whether it was Go Fish, 21, or Poker.
Intuition & Symbols
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: This video is a must see for educators...
Do you believe happiness and well-being should be considered skills? Research shows that they are fundamentally no different than learning how to play an instrument. Research has also shown that meditation, in any form, helps cultivate these skills as well as the ability to concentrate and self-regulate. This video of kindergartners at Oxford Elementary School in Berkeley, San Francisco gives an in depth look at the way mindfulness is being incorporated into the classroom (as well as yoga). 41 minutes but well worth the time.
Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Doodling is so much fun, but it also has many benefits. Firstly, it is a wonderful stress-reliever. Recent research from the University of Plymouth in Southern England shows that this technique not only help relieve stress, but also improves your ability to notice and remember details. Auditory/visual/kinetic learners often recall information that they have heard better if they can doodle. Research has shown that doodling actually helps learning. In findings published in Applied Cognitive Psychology (2009), test subjects who doodled while listening to recorded messages had 29 percent better recall than those who didn't. This video explores doodling in a framework to create a beautiful mandala.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Sandra Fazio
A reader recently shared some of her thoughts and inquiries around her definition of boundaries as she was taught them and how she has shifted her perspective since reading and learning more about conscious parenting. I offered her some further insights below in case you find them to be mutually helpful as they have been on my own parenting journey with my 4.5 year old daughter.
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Is your parenting practices coming from old beliefs and habits learned from your own childhood or are they from coming from a place of self awareness and being in the present moment? Here's an article regarding boundaries and consequences with your parenting skills.
Family & Parenting
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time. Told in about 5 minutes, Elias' story is a gift, something that we can all treasure, a learning that could change your life too.
by Dr. Debbie Walhof
I would like to share some wonderful resources to help educate parents, teachers and the community on the topic of learning disabilities...
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