Creating a School Culture of Mindfulness 

Mindfulness offers educators and students an opportunity to cultivate the capacity to be present, to be less reactive in the moment, to stop, breath and listen, and to make choices in the face of challenges. When I cofounded the Children’s Community School four years ago,  I wanted to infuse our school with mindfulness. I wanted […]

What does it mean to be Child Friendly? Community, Conflict, and Mindful Action 

I had an interaction at a local (and very hip) shopping market. My then 2 year old picked up a silicone Popsicle container and put the edge of it in his mouth.  They are on ground level– bottom shelf. I was turned away from him, right beside him, looking at the bread. His older brother […]

Practice to Navigate Paradox 

There is a verse from Lau Tzu that says: “Instead of trying to be a mountain, be the valley of the universe, so all things will come to you.” The last 5 years have been teaching me this– strong willed and motivated, I feel that I have a more inherent understanding of what it means […]

Mindful Time Management 

We are all visionaries, capable of bringing our gifts to the world. Yet, often we struggle to realize our visions.  The capacity to manage our time is a skill each of us has the capacity to develop in order to support our real gifts. Here is a mindfully based time management process (and, yes, it […]

Dear Stranger in a Public Place: Why do You Offer Commentary on What Children Do? 

Standing in line to buy groceries, a friendly woman approaches me, reaching her thin hand out to pat my 2 year old on the arm, “what a good little boy, so quiet and so cooperative.” I am unaware of a study that has mapped this, but I would venture to say that, aside from pregnant […]

A Mindfulness Practice to Help a Child Calm Down 

When a child becomes unhinged and reactive– angry, sad, incapable of listening, overly physical with a peer or sibling, he/she usually needs a tool to calm down. Physical gestures can support your child to calm down and cope with intense emotions. Remember, too, that children need emotional release. You want them to learn to release […]

Riverstone Meditation:A Mindfulness Practice for Children 

My oldest son sometimes has difficulty going to sleep. Over time, I found that he tends to get himself caught up in thoughts at bedtime. I created this meditation for him. We adapt it each time a bit– if he is afraid, or having a recurring thought, we might insert a specific reference to that […]

Teaching Children to Stop, Breath, and Listen 

Integrating a mantra or phrase, such as “stop, breath, listen” into your child’s life can support them to develop tools to navigate their own emotions in moments of conflict, confusion, or emotional overwhelm. As they develop an understanding of the three parts, you can use the phrase to redirect your younger child in challenging moments. […]

Mindful Leadership 

There is a line from Rilke’s First Elegy that I have carried with me since college–  something I  return to remind myself of the importance of letting go– of opening my heart to the moment. “Don’t you know yet? Fling the emptiness out of your arms into the spaces we breathe; perhaps the birds will […]

Discernment in Yoga practice 

At her keynote talk at the Yoga Service Conference in May, Beryl Bender Birch talked about the Yoga Sutras, yogic philosophy, and the work of doing service. I have a broad view of service, and think that we all do service — as teachers, parents, partners, caregivers, etc. So I think what she said is […]