Category: Family & Parenting

To be Brave.

  By Dana Gornall I have a fear of heights. It’s not a crippling fear, like the kind where I can’t be in tall buildings or even go up in an airplane (although that in itself is another story), but my feet prefer to be as closely planted to the ground as possible. As a kid, even the monkey bars seemed daunting. While other children scaled them expertly, hand over hand, rung by rung, I felt drawn to the swing sets or would quietly wander off to the wooded section of the school playground in search of newly fallen...

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On Being Radical.

  By Jes Wright     “Compassion is the radicalness of our time,” ~ Dalai Lama It is a radical act to be compassionate. I don’t mean the explosive protesting acts of being radical, but the very act of going to our roots. After all, the word radical means roots. For so many of us, our roots are a twisted knot like a pea start left in a pot for too long, so we have to gently break loose the roots from the dark soil before transplanting. It’s any wonder if any of us with roots like that could...

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Teaching Kids to Meditate: Things I Have Learned.

  By Daniel Scharpenburg Some people say meditation isn’t helpful to children. I humbly disagree. A brief back story: I created a meditation for kids from the ages of five to ten at the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This is really something I fell into because the people in charge of the children’s program left. While I didn’t create this program, I was in charge of it for several years now and I made plenty of changes to make it my own. I’ve heard that most Buddhist temples don’t have programs for children. I’m not sure if...

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Just Breathe: An Asperger’s Story.

By Jes Wright “If you’re going through hell, keep going,” ~ Winston Churchill. I held my breath while reading the article, Fort Bragg High asks team from Mendocino to stay home over T-shirts in the Press Democrat the other day. My heart paused, as I am sure most of us would upon hearing about the students banned from playing in a basketball tournament because they chose to wear the I Can’t Breathe shirts—trying to draw attention to political difficulties that exist within our nation. As I saw the young women’s smiles in the photo accompanying the news story, I felt...

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At the End of Your Rope? Meditation for Parents.

By Dana Gornall Some people search far and wide for a spiritual teacher or journey. They feel like they need to travel to another country or don special robes to become spitiual. Maybe they seek out a teacher and study sacred texts. This is one way to learn about yourself as a person and test patience, practice mindfulness and find ways to be broken open. Another way is to be a parent. Nothing shines a light up to our weakness and shortcomings more than being sleep deprived, having your body become a human milk machine, training a toddler to...

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