Heartfelt Blessings at Bedtime

Each night I soothe my daughter to sleep with these blessings that are my personal version of the four heartfelt wishes of Metta Meditation.

At 4 years old it is the ritual of the loving attention that matters more than the content, but I like to think that as she gets older, the meaning of the words will take root in her spirit and send her into the world …

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10 Ways to Celebrate Happiness Day

To celebrate International Happiness Day on March 20th I am going to stay home from work to be with my kids and dedicate our day to the celebration. Here are some ideas we’ve come up with so far for creating and spreading joy in our community:

RAK Attacks: It’s hard to say who gets more happiness from a Random Act of Kindness – the giver or the receiver. But …

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12 Ways to Control Difficult Emotions

If you have a tween at home then you know just how easily and quickly their emotions can spin them out of control, taking you along for the ride. I swear I saw my son’s head spin a full 360° tonight. Where’s an exorcist when you need one?!

But never fear, help has arrived. Here’s a list of twelve tools that can help kids manage through their strong feelings, …

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5 Tips for Raising More Resilient Kids

I’m at a hockey tournament this weekend where my son’s team has faced some serious competition. It’s been interesting to see how some kids easily shake off the losses and move on, while others carry the full weight of it on their shoulders (never mind that it’s a team sport). And it’s been hard watching the kids in the latter group struggle from game to game, their negativity …

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5 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness Meditation

Here are my top 5 reasons to practice mindfulness meditation (in no particular order because it’s all good):

1. Staying Connected to the Present Moment – In mindfulness meditation we train our mind to keep its attention on what is happening here and now, without judgement. We watch our thoughts, we feel the sensations of our bodies, and we practice accepting these things just as they are. …

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Maybe, We'll See

Sometimes the hardest part of mindfulness for me is the practice of keeping an open mind. It’s all too easy to let my emotions hijack my better sense and cause me to forget that I actually don’t know what the future will bring. So it’s a good thing that Buddhist wisdom, and life itself, are always there to help me remember.

For instance, there is one well-known Buddhist …

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