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“With every step I arrive at my destination” – Thich Nhat Hanh Soon I will be traveling to Plum Village for a week’s retreat at Plum Village with Thich Nhat Hanh. I don’t know what to expect, and, anyway, mindfulness tells to have no expectations; simply accept the present for what it is. So that is my mindset: Acceptance of the present, and knowing Plum Village will reveal itself to me …

Last year the kids had homework woes, stress related to last minute assignment completions, and midnight runs to the store for project supplies. Was it fun? I think not. Make good use of your more relaxed summer schedule by buying and making an “At Home Study-Space Plan” and making school preparation a priority. Materials Needed for a Home Study Area Even without knowing the list of courses in advance of …

Learning disability, difference, or experience Some say learning disability and others call it a learning difference; my son says it’s all part of the learning experience. He calls it that because the  “experience” is what makes it life changing.  Simply, a series of life lessons. We all learn differently. But the life lesson and experience is what, in his opinion, has the potential to shape you for success. Road block, …

Stress getting to you? How many times have you found yourself thinking, “That (blank) is so annoying! Could it/they just stop?” It might be a colleague speaking too loudly, a teenager playing music and thumping  hands and feet to the beat, a person who won’t stop complaining, or someone who talks non-stop when you’re looking for a little peace and quiet. It has happened to all of us, but what’s …

First, Brené It’s not the first time I saw it, but re-watching the TEDxHouston presentation given by Brene Brown in 2010 does, I believe, link back to the benefits of mindfulness meditation. People who are experiencing a multitude of emotions can, through Brown’s research, find themselves experiencing so many of the same emotions that led me to mindfulness. The Fears Fear that people would find out that I wasn’t really …

Brain research has clear suggestions for how study skills can best be applied so children can learn more information at a faster pace and in less stressful ways. There are always students who will benefit from these techniques at an early age; they may have a harder time with information recall, and/or applying information, they simply need more repetition, they have a diagnosed learning difference, or many other possible reasons. …

Video games and technology are constantly in the news, but not always for positive reasons. We are constantly hearing about their negative impact and, admittedly, some valid concerns do exist. However, just like anything else, it might be best to place video games under the huge heading of “Too Much of a Good Thing = Bad.” Before we start on video games, we must admit that other items belonging in …

The brain is an incredible gift, providing each of us with amazing potential. Spending a day at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth 2014 Symposium reminded me of just that. Research is continually bringing a greater understanding of the abilities we possess, how parts of the brain interact with both positive and negative result, and what must be done if we are to keep our brains as healthy as television ads propose …

Have you ever noticed that sometimes things just don’t seem to be going your way? It really doesn’t matter if you’re talking about work, social activities, or family. Things just seem to be on a downswing. Now, before the doldrums strike, is the time to prepare. Arm yourself with paper and pen, and don’t forget the camera, markers, or colored pencils. You have a lot of “wonderful” in your life …

We live our lives in the fast lane: jobs, activities, carpools, meetings. It’s no wonder we get overwhelmed! T. Boone Pickens’ advice is “Don’t get distracted by the rabbits when you’re hunting elephants.” Dr. Sandra Chapman, Founder and Chief Director at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth put it another way: The Power of Two. Dr. Chapman suggests that we set two main goals for each day. Those objectives are placed at …