being present

6 games to instill mindfulness and gratitude in our children (and ourselves)

February 20, 2017

Since I became a mom 10 years ago, I have been committed to helping my daughter see the good in things as a first reflex. My own upbringing did not allow for this way of being in the world and, instead, instilled the typical apprehension and worry that seems to be passed down to children […]

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Falling in love is scary…3 tips that make it safer

February 14, 2017

Falling in love with our kids is a daring thing to do. Love opens us up, wide open, no armor, no defenses. We’re naked and vulnerable when we’re in love. Love is powerful. It’s not just cupids and chocolates and diamonds. It’s raw, heart, open, vulnerable, crazy, courageous, light that shines on every dark corner, […]

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Teaching the way of gratitude

January 6, 2017

Have you discovered how very powerful giving thanks is for uplifting your mood, day and life? Coaches and spiritual teachers these days suggest that we keep a gratitude journal or set aside time to be grateful every day as a way to shift our focus toward a more positive frequency. It’s not just another thing […]

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Thankful kids

November 23, 2016

It’s this time of year — Thanksgiving holiday — when we pause and take a moment to reflect on all that we are grateful for. A few years ago, I adopted Thanksgiving as a daily practice, and to my surprise, it has transformed my life for the better: I’ve become more centered and peaceful which […]

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Modeling empathy to promote peace

October 18, 2016

I believe empathy is one of the most important aspects in promoting peace.  Children who are taught to be empathetic and who witness empathy will, in turn, show more empathy to others. I attempt to teach empathy to my children through positive discipline, responding sensitively to their needs and emotions, and being present for them. I […]

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Present in the Mundane

January 27, 2011

“Try to get me mama!” my four year old yells as he runs through the clean clothes piled all over the bedroom floor. Balled socks are his favorite, but he’s happy to avoid any projectile I throw into the sorting piles. Making laundry into an obstacle course wasn’t a conscious decision, but it sure has made […]

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