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 Atava Garcia-Swiecicki
I am an herbalist and a dreamer. It has been thrilling to discover the ways in which the world of plants and the world of dreams intersect. I have trained myself and my students and clients to pay close attention to a plant that shows up in a dream. Plants that appear in dreams can be prescriptive, instructive or even direct transmitters of healing energy...
Editor's Note: Learn how plants communicate in dreams to bring healing information and even direct transmission of healing on many levels in this article by dreamer and herbalist, Atava Garcia Swiecicki MA, RH (AHG).
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 Kimberly Knapp MA, LPC
I am a Psychology Instructor at two colleges, and I teach how to record, interpret, and understand dreams in the classroom. The students have a wonderful time analyzing their dreams, and we usually maintain an active discussion filled with curiosity.
Dreams are our communication with our inner mind, and allow us to understand ourselves through the use of symbols called the Universal Language of Mind. We are all connected in subconscious mind...
by Donna Jacobs Sife
Personal stories – when teachers tell stories about themselves as children, or as fallible adults, apart from building an intimacy between themselves and their students, their students can also often feel safe to admit to their own fallibilities and internal struggles, particularly if the anecdotes and memories are those of a struggle, a misunderstanding or a reaction to living in a diverse society...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: The value of storytelling for diversity and cross-cultural education cannot be overestimated. Storytelling can build relationships, develop empathy and understanding of cultures, develop language, connect with traditions, heal grievances, impart values and ethics, and speak of difficult things in a safe and accessible way.
by Michelle Lazar, MA, MT-BC
Rhythm acts as an“entrainment” stimulus to cue patterned movements such as walking. Additionally, pitch patterns can simulate and cue spatial positions, while harmonic patterns cue force and strength. Read more for classroom-tested tips to help your students tune in...
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Does Reiki offer practical, energetic relief from stress? How does a Reiki session work? What are some additional benefits available from the practice of Reiki? In this program, Torrance CitiCable interviews Lucia Galante Johnson, CEO and founder of the Reiki Center in Torrance, CA. Lucia relates how Reiki transformed her life's work from the corporate world to creating a safe space to teach and share this traditional form of Japanese energy work. Lucia, associate practitioners and students share the flow of a session and provide insights into what the Reiki experience "is."
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.
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