by Margaret Paul, PhD
Do your children see you as happy and peaceful, or do they see you as angry, depressed or overburdened? Learn how important it is to good parenting for you to learn to take emotional responsibility for your own feelings...
Editor's Note: In this article, Margaret Paul, discusses a form of giving feedback to our children that is more valuable and effective than traditional praise. There is alot of information on 'avoiding praise' nowadays, and this approach gives parents something helpful that they can do instead, to empower children and preserve their excitement about learning.
Family & Parenting
by Sarah McLean
Meditation is really easy to learn and really easy to do. But sometimes when people try it at home without any guidance, they get frustrated because they notice they have many thoughts and they have the misconception that their minds have to be still to meditate correctly...
Editor's Note: As a meditation teacher, I get the comment "I have a short attention span, meditation is just too hard for me" and, of course, I get this prior to the person actually learning to meditate...
by Kim Hutchinson, Ed, ATP®, CCMT, ND
The key to the ascension learning is to live in your heart. Our current reality was shaped by our collective minds; now it is time for our hearts to dream a new dream. When you shift your consciousness from your brain to the sacred space in your heart, you discover that the heart creates your reality, not your head.
Editor's Note from Nicholas Pepe: Want to be more connected to your heart? Kim Hutchinson guides readers in exploring their heart space, how to develop it and your unique way of creating your personal heart space.
by Bliss Cavanagh
1. What was the inspiration for Sensory Delight?
Drawn from my personal experience of living with Tourette syndrome, Sensory Delight marks the professional development from my Bachelor of Fine Art Honours work ‘Sensory Overload...
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I LOVE Bliss Cavanagh's story! As both an art therapist and an artist, I view her use of art and the creative process to deal with her Tourette syndrome, as a profound validation of the power of art to heal and enlighten. Her story is a perfect example of mythologist Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey - a descent to her deeper self, her return bearing gifts and knowledge of benefit to both herself and the wider community. Bliss's transformation via art is also a story of self-acceptance, of learning to use and work with her Tourrette's rather than continually trying to 'fix' herself of something that has emerged, via her art, as her greatest gift.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Lori Lite
Reducing stress can be as easy as ABC for you and your family. This ABC list makes it fun for children to pick a letter, read, and implement a tip that will reduce stress for the day. When children step through the academic door to learning they also open Pandora’s Box of stressors. Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, or college. It is never to early or late to fill your child’s backpack with the ABCs of decreasing stress.Parenting expert Michele Borba suggests: Print this out and place on your refrigerator.
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Lori Lite's article, ABC's of Decreasing Stress is just like her last name. It's light and fun. You can feel yourself relaxing as you read this stress free article. How fun would it be to turn these ABC words into a fun song and sing them with your young children?
Family & Parenting
by Amanda Gore
It was the last line that made me think. Our lives today are so busy, hectic, rushed and full of concerns that we forget to be with our families or friends when we are with them!...
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: What does "being present" mean to you? At times, in your daily interactions, do you find your body in one place and your mind miles away? Realize that this disconnect keeps you from being present in the moment, which can lead to stressful relationships with yourself and others. Unresourcesful stress is an energy that negatively impacts your well-being. Amanda Gore presents insights on how to be consciously present. Learning to live in the moment, as Amanda relates, benefits us in many ways.
by Vincent Horn
So much of what I’ve been learning about lately is around vulnerability. Vulnerability in a psychological sense, of seeing my own limitations and being willing to acknowledge them. And also in a more cognitive and spiritual sense. The cognitive vulnerability has to do with dropping common ways of knowing and doing things, and stepping into new and uncomfortable territory, kind of like an infant when it takes a few shaky steps...
Editor's Note: I'm a big fan of Vincent Horn's podcast and writings. He has a remarkable wisdom for his age and loves tackling important questions.
by Donna Gates
Children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of pesticides. Birth defects, developmental disorders, learning disorders, and brain abnormalities are more common in babies that have been exposed to pesticides...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Toxins are a nasty addition to our world, floating and landing far and wide. Get a handle what's clean and what's dirty to buy in foods to avoid the worst offenders and perhaps lessen the impact of the negative impact on baby's health.
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