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url 2017-06-09 08:19
Mindfulness Tools and Exercises: Circle of Life Mandala
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Last week I was asked to lead a Circle of Life Workshop with a group of people who regularly meditate and this is what happened...

circle-of-life-mindfulness-exercise who am i flower of life from Mindful Being course by Nataša Pantović Nuit

 

http://artof4elements.com/entry/193/mindfulness-exercise-circle-of-life

Source: www.artof4elements.com/entry/193/mindfulness-exercise-circle-of-life
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review 2016-09-30 16:57
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory review
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is another great classic by Ronald Dahl. This story is all about adventure, creativity, imagination, and priorities. This book would be great for teaching what is important in life (Charlie's willingness to give up the grand prize for his family). This book would spark such great imagination and creativity in students and I would definitely follow up with some kind of writing -  maybe have the kids "invent" their own candy, write about what they would do if they owned the chocolate factory, or write a letter to Willy Wonka. I would also want to incorporate some kind of drawing or coloring activity. I would use this text in 4th-6th grade. The guided reading level is R and the Lexile level is 810L.

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url 2016-02-22 21:27
Books and Pets

I believe literature is for everyone.... Yes even animals. They may not understand what the story is or the words being spoken but I think there is an emotional bond that is shared. Through the reader and the hearer. The sound of someones voice and the fluctuations can be very smoothing. Which by the way is why I read to my cats so often. They seem to calm down and purr louder. Which is why reading to shelter animals is an awesome thing! Should be done everywhere. This helps the animal become more comfortable to humans and in turn help the child better their reading and immune system. 

 

 

 

Source: aspcapro.org/blog/2015/11/16/tip-week-invite-kids-read-shelter-animals
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photo 2016-01-16 05:54
Essentials

I always have to carry the essentials.... Pen case, Book, Book Journal, iPad, wallet 

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text 2015-05-29 02:26
As I read: Shatter me
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi

After watching the View this morning and the ghastly thought of one person wanting to do a revolution that enforces the idea of say that a person is 'whatever' is astounding.  To deny a person's identity of who they are to be a 'whatever' leaves such an open door for a 'whatever' to occur. 

 

One person can say labels.. don't label me.  But is it labeling?   Then  I read, Shatter Me which surprises me and grips me.  A young girl, who I thought was on a verge of a break down, instead has much resilience and understanding for one who has been through so much in a society who wants to strip down all labels, identity, and reestablish society in its own concept of what was good and right.

 

Traditional homes of our old world have been abandoned, windows shattered, roofs collapsing, red and green and blue paint scrubbed into muted shades to better match our bright future.  Now I see the compounds carelessly constructed on the ravaged land and I begin to remember.  I remember how these were supposed to be temporary.  I remember the few months before I was locked up when they'd begun building them.  These small, cold quarters would suffice just until they figured out all the details of this new plan, is what The Reestablishment had said.  Just until everyone was subdued.  Just until people stopped protesting and realized that this change was good for them, good for their children, good for their future.

 

I remember there were rules.

No more dangerous imaginations, no more prescription medications.  A new generation comprised of only healthy individuals would sustain us.  The sick must be locked away.  The old must be discarded.  The troubled must be given up to the asylums. Only the strong should survive.

Yes.

Of course.

No more stupid languages and stupid stories and stupid paintings placed above stupid mantels.  No more Christmas, no more Hanukkah, no more Ramadan and Diwali.  No talk of religion, of belief, of personal convictions. Personal convictions were what nearly killed us all, is what they said.

 

Having a conviction, having priorities are what make us all beautifully unique individual humans.  Not ravaging beasts.  This is why we have brains, vocal cords and different color skin, because we are beautifully crafted people with hearts, souls, and spirits.  

 

I love how Mafi crafts this world and so eloquently speaks of things that even hit so close home with what is even going on today, even though it is Juliette's world with the Reestablishment. 

 

I go back to the word, 'labelling'.  Is it labelling?  Or are these celebrities ashamed of who they are?   People have committed suicide because the lack of knowing who they are or are ashamed of who they are.  Why be ashamed of who you are?   Know who you are, own it.  Never be ashamed of who you are.. your identity.  

 

Believe me it took me years to finally learn and understand this myself.  And I am a more better healed up, and healthy person for having done so.

 

Thank you, Tahereh Mafi, for Shatter Me.

 

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