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Dearest Conscious Parents and Friends!
If there was one question I contemplate on a daily basis, it would be this:
What is the true purpose of our existence?
I believe that if we are not fulfilling our purpose as sentient beings then we are foregoing the most valuable opportunity of being birthed in this form.
Sure, fancy dinners and jazz festivals are super fun! So are travels and fast cars.
But isn’t life more than this?
1. Tell your children and show them they are loved.
2. Say "I love you" a lot!
3. Give numerous hugs. Your children are never too old to hug and tell them you love them.
4. Create an environment that invites everyone to feel free to express themselves.
Case and point. Both my boys are older, 30 and 26, they are not mushy kind of guys, but because we have freely given hugs and said "I love you" to them as they have grown up they freely respond in the same way. At first, when new people arrive in our lives they are sometimes amazed at how freely my sons respond in this way but over time they too allow themselves to express who they are more freely by saying I love you and giving hugs.
What is mindfulness?Based on Buddhist meditation practices, mindfulness is the art of being completely present in the moment. This practice includes controlled breathing and sharpened attention. While meditation practices can take years to fully master, mindfulness can involve simply sitting and focusing on breath for one to five minutes.
"The goal of mindfulness is to make life itself a meditation and to become mindful and in control in every waking moment, even in difficult or boring times -- like washing the dishes, changing the cat litter, or commuting in a particularly congested rush hour," Jeff Anderson writes in A Place For Mom.
This practice is thought to ease the effects of anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other illnesses. By introducing this practice into their daily life, your parent can begin to feel more in control of their lives.
How can mindfulness help my aging parent?The following are just some of the ways that your elderly relative may benefit from implementing mindfulness practices into their daily lives.
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Allowing your children to express themselves freely does take a parent with an open mind.
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Conscious Parenting Building Self-Esteem And Confidence
Key conscious parenting goals; qualities you want your children to have. High self-esteem, strong foundation, creative spirit, integrity, compassion, connection, respect for self, others and the environment. Instill a love for life. It is important to support your children’s endeavors no matter how creative they get. Remember they are children and their ideas will change many times. By encouraging them you are building their self-esteem and confidence. In turn feeding their mind, body, and soul. Be open to saying “yes” or at least hearing out their ideas. Encourage them to draw, speak their mind, ask questions, play musical instruments, try sports, sit quietly and read a book or play in the dirt. Every child is so unique and their sensitivity levels are vastly different. That’s why it is so vitally important to parent each child on their own individual level. It would not be wise to raise all your children the same way. They all have different needs and wants, it is up to you to be the conscious parent, allowing an organic conclusion to form and take place without you the parent having to be in constant control. It’s about allowing spiritual growth on this earthly playground.
Teaching Children How To Love Themselves. Help your children work through their feelings and teach them the importance of positive self-talk. Show them how to appreciate the little and the big things in life. Self-esteem is being developed throughout their life. By teaching them how to love and take care of themselves when they are little you are helping them to build a positive self-image, instill confidence and build your child’s inner strength.
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Together we can all support the inner light of the children and the parents choosing to walk a conscious parenting path.
Namaste, Carol and Stacy
Guest Post By Scott Reddler
By their very nature children can be unpredictable and even impulsive when it comes to the ways in which they respond to everyday situations. The good news is that parents can take measures to help their children succeed when it comes to how children express their feelings. This is especially true when it comes to nurturing childhood emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to understand one’s feelings and emotions while also recognizing the various emotions and feelings that are being experienced by others. There are various ways in which parents can help their children develop these skills. Consider the following when it comes to nurturing emotional intelligence in your little one.
Why Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional intelligence, a term coined by Daniel Goleman in 1995, refers to the ability to recognize and regulate one’s own emotions, as well as identify the emotions being presented by others. Emotional intelligence has been proven to help children obtain a lifetime of success as they go about interacting with others and forming relationships. As children develop emotional intelligence skills, increasingly they will come to recognize how they personally feel and what emotions they are emitting at any given time. As a result, their social and emotional learning skills, or how they positively manage their emotions during social interactions, will improve as they are better able to interpret other people’s emotions in addition to their own.
The Laughing Witch by Andrew Newman
Illustrations by Liesl Bell
"To All Who Laugh" it says in the book, which means this book must be for everyone!
Because who doesn't love to laugh?
The visuals in this book radiate fun and happiness. Children will not only embrace what they are hearing but what they are seeing as well.
"She called to the ones
who lived here before:
I welcome your wisdom;
Your love I adore."
You believe everything on each page! Valuable simplistic kindness and priceless verbage!
To receive and to give back is such an important tool to use through all human's lifetime.
The Boy Who Searched For Silence By Andrew Newman
Illustrated By Alexis Aronson
For those of us who start out thinking one thing and Voila! Bam! We find out another reality. We had the answers all along! We just need to be quiet and allow, to get out of our own way. The Boy Who Searched For Silence has a very compelling message and a wide range of emotions. From one extreme to the other.
Children will benefit from reading this book .
In search of bliss, silence, peacefulness and inner peace? Here are your answers parents.