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Mental Immunity and the Book of Joy

Why, exactly, am I promoting the practice of mindfulness and meditation?  Why am I advocating introducing it to our kids?  Yes, there’s research out there about brain benefits and development, handling stress.  But there are so many reasons!  And here’s maybe the best reason–JOY.  Happiness.  And a great deal of JOY can be found in: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World     How do we…

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Book Reviews Meditation Instruction

A Handful of Quiet

A small beautiful book, A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh is another ‘quick-start’ mindfulness tool for your classroom and home. Paper-over-board covers with a spiral binding make it a durable, easy-to-use tool. (Thank you, Plum Blossom Books–you know the struggle to hold a book open and work with a child at the same time is real.) The book contains a script for you to…

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Meditation Instruction

A quick-start guide to mindfulness: dipping your toe in the water

A quick start guide—introducing your homeschool and/or kids to mindfulness. Mindfulness and meditation should be short and sweet at the beginning.  In this blog I’ll give tips for timing and preparation, then two techniques to have the kids ‘play’ at breathing, along with modifications for different bodies and asthma or other breathing difficulties. Timing for a naturally calmer time of day will make the whole process easier.  In the meditation…

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Book Reviews Mindful Charlotte Mason

THE guide for mindful parenting

I consider THE book on mindfulness as a parenting style and family lifestyle to be Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Having  purchased this book years ago, I read it in bits and pieces as time allowed. (One of my greatest luxuries since becoming a parent is the ability to read multiple chapters of a book in one sitting.)  It is well worth…

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Introducing: Mindful Charlotte Mason

“Pay attention not only to the cultivation of knowledge,but to the cultivation of qualities of the heart,so that at the end of education, not only will you be knowledgeable,but also you will be a warm-hearted and compassionate person.”  (H.H. Dalai Lama, Live In A Better Way). Mindful Charlotte Mason gives mindfulness tools to homeschoolers in a simple, inexpensive and secular way, so that homeschool students and their families may experience…

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