inspiration

Suggestions and articles to inspire you and your children to live more mindfully

gratitude

Posted on 27 Feb 2018

gratitude

“Gratitude, when we do genuinely feel it, arises from experiences we are currently having, not from evaluating our lives in our heads. When you feel lonely, for example, simply remembering that you have friends is a dull, nominal comfort compared to how wonderful it feels when one of those friends calls you out of the blue. Reflecting on the good fortune of having a fixed address is nice, but stepping inside your front door after a cold and rainy walk home is sublime.” Read more...

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gifts of experience

Posted on 23 Nov 2017

gifts of experience

As the festive season approaches, I challenge you to give more gifts of “experience”. Gifts that will create lasting memories for your children. Gifts are seen as an expression of love and care, but often material possessions are played with for 10 min and then end up at the bottom of the toy box or in the dustbin because they are already broken. So this year, I urge you to give mindfully, with intention. You can still wrap the “experience” beautifully so that your...

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nature mandalas

Posted on 23 Nov 2017

nature mandalas

When next taking a walk in nature, or even while spending time in your own garden, try making a nature mandala with your children. They will love it!

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alone time

Posted on 31 Oct 2017

alone time

Stop. Breathe. Be. Children (and us!) need alone time every day to recharge, reconnect with themselves and renew their spirits. Read more here about the importance of children spending time alone.

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how to snap out of snapping at your kids

Posted on 22 Oct 2017

how to snap out of snapping at your kids

This is a helpful article of how to snap out of snapping at your kids. I love that the mom is practising Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) to help create balance. Here is how you can practise Nadi Shodhana at home, in the supermarket, in the car, wherever! • With your right hand, bring your pointer finger and middle finger to rest between your eyebrows, lightly using them as an anchor. • Start with an exhale. Close your right nostril with your right thumb and exhale gently but fully...

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a guide to helping kids manage emotions

Posted on 22 Oct 2017

a guide to helping kids manage emotions

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A little help from a three-year-old mindfulness guru

Posted on 3 Oct 2017

A little help from a three-year-old mindfulness guru

A beautiful [edited] story from Chris Bergstrom of Blissful Kids (Finland): Yesterday my three-year-old son Anton gave me an amazing mindfulness lesson…Yesterday I was stressed and a little angry too. I was tired and anxious about work stuff. And I just wanted some peace and quiet. After getting up at 5am and working eight hours straight, I had to hurry to go on a picnic with my parents-in-law. Stress was affecting the quality of my thoughts: I looked at the sky and was sure it would...

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helping little ones with big emotions

Posted on 12 Sep 2017

helping little ones with big emotions

Ideally, as parents, we want to help our children…. “know how to feel deeply, how to listen to their feelings, their messages, and respond appropriately, and when to redirect a feeling.” This article is a helpful guide to use as a starting point.

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step off the treadmill

Posted on 8 Sep 2017

step off the treadmill

Often we transition from a challenging situation straight into the next moment, without giving ourselves times to reset. This article by Carrie Williams Howe encourages us to step off the treadmill, and catch our breath. It suggests placing a meditation pillow, a mindfulness book, or some other little reminder inside the door of your office, or the dashboard of your car – a place you usually land after typical stressful moments. This will help remind you to step off of the treadmill and catch...

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adults go fast and children go slow

Posted on 31 Aug 2017

adults go fast and children go slow

Adults go fast and children go slow. You could even argue that children are mindful while we are mindless as we rush from one task to the next. This difference in pace can leave us feeling frustrated, irritated and stressed while our child might respond with tears, stamping, and a meltdown. Read more here in this well written article about how to slow down and be more mindful of your child’s pace to find a new rhythm that feels less rushed, more playful and more in tune with your...

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