by Tracy Wasem
"No coffee?" I whined while staring at the obviously empty pot and shelf. "The Circle K is finished, Tracy" Brian stated while giving me a kiss while heading out to work at the hospital...
Editor's Note from Eileen Gonzalez: Tracy is genuine, caring and has a gift which she openly shares with others. She has reached a level of awareness and peace which she emits to all she come in contact with. Earlier this month, Tracy published another book meant to help kids fall in love with reading, "101 Sensational Story Starters for 5th and 6th Grade Students".
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: Here on the mediation page we will feature many articles/videos on mindfulness as it encompasses the basic concept of all meditation practices – increasing awareness and being in the present moment. This video is a beautiful example of how a school can teach kids mindfulness on so many levels. From teaching students how to grow and sell produce to local markets, how to make solar powered vehicles, and how to listen to each other with empathy and understanding. Waikiki School has it goin ON!
by Kimaya Singh
With the recent spate of mass shootings, people have begun to ask what it will take to reduce violence, especially among kids or in places where they spend time. We know that violence does not just occur in random places sparked by uncertain things. It also takes place daily in schools or on street corners...
Editor's Note: Violence is a result of many things, including mental illness and feelings of loss, anger, loneliness, and powerlessness. Fortunately, these feelings are something that a yoga practice can address, especially when meditation is guided by someone who intentionally wants to empower and encourage students who are dealing with these types of emotions. The author states that, in addressing these negative feelings, yoga gives its practitioners, especially young people, an internal locus of control.
by Deborah Adele, MA
I recently heard a story about a teacher who was instructing on laziness. He proceeded to tell his students that there are 2 kinds of lazy. One is the kind where a person just sits around doing nothing...
Editor's Note: This piece is short, but meaningful. In yoga one tries to be present and practice mindfulness. The author, Deborah Adele, tells an anecdote that leaves you reflecting on your own ability to be present.
by Corydon Ireland
Tell me a story.
That tender and urgent imperative appears to date to early humankind...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Last month saw a standing room only crowd come out to “Tell Me A Story” event sponsored by the Harvard College Students for Scholars at Risk. The event featured literary scholar Stephen Greenblatt and a number of other scholars and writers talking about the necessity of storytelling our world today.
by Kristin Neff, PhD
It has become a truism in our culture that we need to have high self-esteem in order to be happy and healthy. Psychologists have conducted thousands of studies touting the benefits of self-esteem. Teachers are encouraged to give all their students gold stars so that each one can feel proud and special...
by Jaime Tanna
Many people are being drawn to learning about healing modalities such as Reiki because it promotes self-awareness and helps them to find a sense of balance and perspective. With daily practice of simple energetic techniques and clear intent, Reiki students find they are able to relax, detaching from the moment to moment pressures of the outer world...
Editor’s Note: Jaime Tanna is a London-based Reiki Master whose road to Reiki was as much a spiritual one as a physical one. This article covers the challenges in finding our purpose and our inner power and how Reiki can help get us in touch with it.
by Angela McCoy
Co-Editor of Family & Parenting
In looking for a way to incorporate my love of art into lessons to make it more interesting to the students, I discovered Waldorf education...
Editor's Note from Angela McCoy: Having fun doing math at home with your kids? if not, grab some paint, some peg people and make something magical!
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