Pay Attention Even When it Hurts
Mindful and in the Pink - Seth Greenland
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.
We Don’t Know What Will Happen Next: A Story About a Farmer, His Son, and His Horse, from "Mindful Games"
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.
Mindfulness, Meditation & The Scientific Method
Through mindfulness and meditation, kids—and adults—become more comfortable with complexity and uncertainty. Many of us find this to be a relief.
Here’s to Keeping an Open Mind in 2017!
My favorite description of the scientific method doubles as a good shorthand definition of mindfulness meditation, and it comes from comic science fiction.
A Quiet, Joyful Noise
An unlikely New Year's message from an old movie and an even older wisdom tradition.
A Walking Practice to Ground You in Gratitude
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.
What are Mindful Games? An Excerpt from my New Book.
When we appreciate what’s good in our lives, there’s a powerful feeling of connection with one another, the planet, and ourselves.
Suffering from Election Anxiety Disorder?
Mindful games are designed for youth, but don’t let that fact fool you. They can be just as much fun and life changing for parents and for anyone who has a meaningful relationship with a child or teenager.
When we Unintentionally Ask Kids to Take Care of Us: A Question of Mindful Motivation
Is the 2016 Election Putting You in a Funk? Here’s a Common Sense Antidote to Election Anxiety.
New to Meditation? Consider gazing at stars . . . or at fireflies
Interactions between adults and children take on a radically different feel when an adult lets go of his or her own agenda to simply connect with a child in that very moment.
Back to School Primer on Yoga, Mindfulness, Public Schools, and the Establishment Clause
I revisited a meditation known by different names depending on when you practice it - it's called cloud or sky gazing in the daytime and at night it's called stargazing.
Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga and the United States Constitution
Legal challenges are to be expected as a field develops and, in this context, might well be considered developmentally appropriate. They can also offer a hidden blessing.
Attachment Parenting, From the Perspective of a Young Monk
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.
Stop, Breathe, Be
This seven year old child’s insight that being with his dad mattered more than what he was doing with his dad is an important lesson not only for parents but for anyone who is in a relationship.
Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids & Teens
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.
Listening to the Rain
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.
What I Wish I'd Known About Mindfulness as a Teenager
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.
Looking back, I wish I had known a couple of things about mindfulness when I was a teenager because it’s made my adult life much easier.