mindfulness

Mothers’ thoughtful expressions: What is the best parenting advice you would offer another mom?

May 16, 2017

The experience of being a mom can be challenging, exhausting, rewarding, and inspirational. There are plenty of trained experts and professionals who lend their guidance on ways to navigate through the complex web of motherhood, but oftentimes, the most grounded support comes from those who have been down in the trenches — so to speak: everyday mothers. […]

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Mothers’ thoughtful expressions: What do you cherish most about being a mom?

May 15, 2017

Being a mom is like being a gardener — it’s hard labor that gets accomplished regardless of the conditions. It is the kind of work that requires fortitude, dedication, and an abundance of patience. We tend to our children, nourish them, watch them grow, and reap what we sow. All the while, we are continuously mesmerized […]

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4 tips to help children grieve the loss of a pet

March 13, 2017

Until 5 a.m. this Valentine’s Day, we shared our home with a sweet ginger kitty named Sophie. She was our special friend and bed warmer for 14 years. Her presence was an orange-colored angora thread woven through the fabric of our family’s life. Now we find ourselves confronted with having no choice but to traverse […]

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Preparing for childbirth: The delicate dance between pushing out and letting go

February 22, 2017

Observing a friend struggling with, and complaining about, the last days of her pregnancy –constantly posting on Facebook about how she finally wanted her baby to make an appearance in the “real world,” listing details about all the activities she undertook in order to make this happen ASAP — made me reflect on the delicate dance that […]

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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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When we do the inner work, our children can thrive

January 16, 2017
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10 tips on gratitude

November 24, 2016

Every year, the Thanksgiving holiday gives us an opportunity to remember to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. API encourages you to make thanksgiving a daily practice. Learning to be grateful for even the most simple things in our lives can change us profoundly, creating overflowing capacity for joy and peace in both […]

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