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Black Belt Fitness: Never think you’re at a disadvantage because you start late

Ah, all those book reports from elementary and middle school… while sometimes a dreary assignment, for many of us it also conjures memories of earning free pizzas from Pizza Hut (Book It!)   I’m including a book review because in my quest as a middle age, squishy around the middle, non-athlete learning taekwondo, it answered questions and made me feel better about my path. To quote Black Belt Fitness, “Never…

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finding a reason for family mindfulness practice: The Self-Driven Child

Everywhere, everywhere mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, forest bathing, sophrology–the solutions to the cultural tidal wave of anxiety, depression and less-than-ideal mental health are explained to adults and kids.  Everyone from Buddhist teachers to Oprah and mainstream media have told us WHY we should make it a part of our day.   But change requires a catalyst, a reason, an inspiring moment that sparks the beginning; the energy and motivation to move…

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The Songs of Trees: 7 ways to use this AMAZING living book in homeschool

The Songs of Trees: non-fiction prose that reads like poetry at times.  I’m normally a pretty fast reader, and this book made me slow down and enjoy how he uses language, as well as the message he expresses. For budding botanists and tree-loving kids, here’s a description of a maple tree.  “Lime yellow flowers dust the maple tree’s canopy.  Peppercorn-size bells hang from filaments at the tip of almost every…

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Nature study as a mindful activity, part 2

I love nature study, and I love mindfulness, and I love living books.  Here’s a quick review of a book that will incorporate all three!  It’s called The Global Forest. It’s format is in shorter chapters, so you can pick and choose easily what you might read aloud to the kiddos. A living book, beautifully written, the author Diana Beresford-Kroeger is not only a botanist and medical biochemist, she has…

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Nature study as a mindful activity, part 1 of 3

Nature is one of the best teachers of mindfulness.  To be alone or quiet in nature is a reminder of that we are part of a whole that is much bigger than us.  Nature nurtures us, makes us healthier, resets our nervous system.  Cultures have always known this, but science is backing it up with studies showing the benefits of activities like “forest bathing.” Question:  Have you ever gone out…

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Slow and steady wins the race: Mindful Movements

“My kids sit for too much of the day already…now I’m asking them to sit more to meditate?” “I’m scared to even try to get my kid to sit down…they have so much energy.  How can I introduce mindfulness to them?”  “Isn’t meditation a lot of sitting?” Lots of parents and homeschoolers have questions like these.  Is the answer yes? Not necessarily! Here are a few books about incorporating mindfulness…

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Planting Seeds of attention

“Teachers and parents often ask their students to pay attention, but may not teach them how to do so.”   Do our kids really KNOW how to pay attention, or what parents mean when they say that?  How can I help my kiddo know how to attend, how to concentrate?  Mindfulness and meditation of course!! You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person.  The seed is already there.  A good…

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Hope, Springtime and Jane Goodall

This week I started a three-week meditation series with the resounding theme of HOPE.  Springtime is a natural season to renew our hope and optimism about present and future possibilities.  It’s the message of the time of year–birth, renewal– from Imbolc in February to Ostara, Easter and Spring equinox in the months following.  While we think of New Year as January 1st, in the dead of winter, Chinese, Tibetan and…

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Teaching morality and values in a secular way

Teaching morality and values without religion, in a secular way, is something I’ve had to really search for, and finding quality resources can be tricky.  So I’m here to introduce you to two awesome books that my family loves:  The Buddha at Bedtime Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire and the Buddha’s Apprentice at Bedtime Tales of Compassion and…

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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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