A Parent's Roadmap To Wisdom and Compassion
Pay Attention Even When it Hurts
The test of genuine compassion lies in our actions, not our mindsets. It’s easy to think kind thoughts, but acting with compassion is what matters, especially when we don't feel it. Parents get a lot of advice about how to help their kids manage hurt feelings, but not so much about how to manage their own. Mindfulness offers four insights that help parents navigate emotional ups and downs with wisdom and compassion.
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.
Becoming Comfortable with Uncertainty
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
A story and a game to help kids and adults become more comfortable with complexity and uncertainty.
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 Mindful Game to Ground Us 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.
Connect with a Sense of Purpose and Well-Being
You don’t have to be outside to take a gratitude walk; you can ground yourself by walking slowly and deliberately anywhere, even upstairs at your in-law's house.
Suffering from Election Anxiety Disorder?
Children place a stuffed animal on their tummies and pretend that they're rocking it to sleep with the up and down movements of their breathing.
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.
Attachment Parenting, From the Perspective of a Young Monk
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.
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 meditation for children and teens, kids notice how their minds and bodies feel when they stop, breathe and be.
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.