Category: Family & Parenting

Making Time to Meditate: A Guide for the Busy Mama (and Dad)

  By Jennifer Mazzoni   Daily life is quite busy for moms. Balancing home life, work life, time with your spouse or partner, and time with your children can be a challenging task. There is little free time left for Mom when you look at the day as a whole. And many of you moms may argue, if I have so little free time on a daily basis, why should I take up some of that time to meditate? We all have daily rituals we enjoy, such as that delicious cup of coffee that welcomes us with its warmth...

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How I Put My Money Where My Mouth is & Started Meditating During Nap Time

  By Reanna Spain   There are never enough hours in the day. I repeat: there are never enough hours in the day, especially as a work-from-home mom. The harsh realization of this sunk in when I got the bright idea to be an all-star mom, wife and business owner, all while maintaining a steady stream of clean clothes for everyone to wear. I found myself attempting to do everything, simultaneously. But each thing was only getting a fragment of my divided attention, meaning it was all sub par and my nerves were getting frayed. Here I was rushing...

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How to be the Perfect Husband {A Teacher Story}

By Louis De Lauro 21 years ago, the teachers at school held a wedding shower for me and somebody baked a delicious chocolate cake. A plastic ball and chain was attached to my ankle and I got 30 index cards with suggestions or maybe they were specific directions on how to be the perfect husband. Make her breakfast. Bake her cookies. Get her a puppy. Bring her flowers. Give her awesome neck massages. Learn to play guitar and serenade her with love songs. Remember she is always in charge. I can’t remember the other 22, but these eight stuck...

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Becoming Buddhist

  By Julia Prentice I am a baby Buddhist. I am becoming, unfolding like the 8 fold path, with twists and turns and ups and downs. There are many more folds than eight for me right now. I am attempting meditation, some days more fruitful than others, and some days I don’t choose it and feel the loss and shame of not living up to my high, high standards. Other days my mind is jumping like a fish out of water, flopping and struggling to breathe. Then I remember my Buddhist teacher, and saying good morning to myself in...

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My Beautiful Teacher

  By Louis De Lauro I was never officially her student, but Megan was my teacher. She was a tiny, blonde-haired little girl, with pretty eyes and pale skin. I wasn’t surprised at all about her passing. She died young; it was just a few days before the start of a brand new school year. I remember being in Harvey Cedars at the Jersey Shore with my big Italian family. We were staying in a grand beach house steps away from the ocean. I remember the sunny skies, mini-golf, and laughter at seafood dinners. I remember a phone call...

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