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HOW MINDFULNESS TURNED NEGATIVITY AROUND As seen in Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susie-wolbe/how-mindfulness-turned-ne_b_5712687.html# I was lucky enough to lead a life without physical, substance, or mental abuse. I earned graduate degrees and was well employed. There should be no big problem to discuss, right? Wrong! An educator in a lovely marriage with, combined, five children who have produced seven grandchildren thus far, I’m still not too proud to admit that life’s challenges …

Are you ready for the new year? Brain science has lots to teach us about how to capture and hold the attention of our students. Let’s start with some basic brain science: • Classwork and homework information must pass through the amygdala before it goes one of two places. o The lower brain is reactive and the response is fight, flight or freeze (NOT the best circumstances for valuable learning). …

In July I spent one week at Plum Village in France and learned what Thich Nhat Hanh is all about. For me, living mindfully reached a new, greater level of understanding. Thich Nhat Hanh established Plum Village as a small community and it has now grown into a Buddhist monastery with over 200 residents and up to 8,000 visitors every year. People of all religions from all over the world …

“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 …