Back to School Mindfulness

My son started at his new school today. It wasn’t class. Just a short meeting with his academic advisor and a chance to set up his new locker, but his nervous energy was out of control. While we sat waiting for our turn to meet with his teacher, his legs bounced up and down as he told me over and over again how nervous he was – excited, but …

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Relief from Bedtime Battles in a Peace Jar

Last night my daughter had a bedtime meltdown. She wanted another story, she wanted to sleep in my bed, she wanted me to sleep in hers. Truthfully, she was just over-tired, and once her emotions were in charge there was no stopping the situation from going downhill fast. Until I remembered her peace jar.

A peace jar is a homemade snow-globe. It’s also my secret weapon in the bedtime …

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Blowing Bubbles

This weekend my kids and I played with bubbles for the first time in months. We pulled out the really cool insect and flower shaped wands, poured out the soap mix and twirled around the yard, waving our wands until the air around us was a sea of floating, translucent spheres. It was so much fun. A perfect diversion for one of those slightly warm, mildly cool days that …

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A Loving-Kindness Practice for Young Children

The expansive open-heartedness of loving-kindness and compassion practices is one of the greatest gifts we can offer our children.

In Metta Meditation we train in opening our hearts through the repetition of four heartfelt wishes that we send first to ourselves and then outward to an ever-expanding community, until we are able to hold the entire world in the loving-kindness of our attention. Even if we’ve never practiced Metta …

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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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