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  We all live fast-paced lives and, sometimes, that leads us to a frantic existence, running from one task to another without giving ourselves time to think. We may take care of agenda items that float to the top of our “must do” lists, but are the tasks occupying that spot on the list really the most important? Have you ever taken the time to evaluate the real importance of …

  Walk into any kindergarten or 1st grade classroom at the beginning of the school year, and you will, at some point, hear teachers telling students, ” I am here to help you. If you have a problem, ask me. I will always help you.” It felt good; even now, I know it felt good to hear those words and know someone was always going to be there who I …

The human brain is a true marvel. With its assistance, we can plan, learn, coordinate, analyze, and apply all the information we receive. At night, while we’re sleeping, our brains can cull information, deleting the non-essentials yet leaving the data we use most often and find more necessary. The brain is also given major responsibility in helping turn repeated behaviors into habits. This is wonderful when one thinks of the …

Summer vacation is behind us, school has begun, and you’re already experiencing the same negative patterns that plagued your family last year? It’s time to put a few new things in place: • Organize a home study space for each child. Make sure each area contains all supplies necessary for your children to be successful. No one needs to get up to look for pencils, rulers, or index cards when …

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 …

“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 …

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. …

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 …