Pay Attention Even When it Hurts

Before speaking up, I remember two fundamental principles of mindfulness and compassion that are helpful at times like these; the one who responds to a conflict determines its course, not the one who starts it; and, pay attention even when it hurts.

Mindful and in the Pink - Seth Greenland

I step back, take a hard look at the facts, and recognize that while the situation may be annoying today, and – I don’t kid myself – could get worse before it gets better, I know that I have to remain calm in order to deal with it and to get on with the other things that make up my life.

A Quiet, Joyful Noise

Like the chewy chocolate center of a Tootsie Pop, there are peaceful moments of joy and connection hidden inside festive, yet sometimes hectic, family activities.

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Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga and the United States Constitution

A lawyer in California, together with a local school board member, used the Establishment Clause to question the constitutionality of Calmer Choice, a school-based mindfulness program in Cape Cod. Call me crazy, but the fact that two people are challenging this otherwise popular program doesn’t worry me.

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Stop, Breathe, Be

In this ten minute guided practice, older children and teens notice how their minds and bodies feel when they stop, breathe and be. Scroll down to listen.

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Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids & Teens

Hopefully this volume will inspire parents and professionals to continue the spadework that’s needed to answer the open questions, foster new ones, and, through that process, develop best practices for sharing mindfulness with children and families.

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Listening to the Rain

In this five minute guided practice by SKG, children listen to the rain and pay attention to the changing nature of sounds, breathing, thoughts and feelings.  

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