Giving Thanks for Our Challenges in Life

Posted on November 27, 2019

The past two weeks have really made me think. I returned—fully rejuvenated—from a fabulous trip that celebrated a wedding, our children, life, love, friendships, and my childhood, only to spend the next two weeks with a heavy heart over the Saugus High School shootings in my community and the untimely death of a dear family friend. Yes, life embraces both the yin and yang—dual forces that are opposite and complementary. With Thanksgiving at hand and feelings of gratitude in the air, I want to draw on the Wheel of Life that…

#SaugusStrong – Santa Clarita Shootings

Posted on November 20, 2019

  I took my phone off airplane mode as I landed at LAX midday last Thursday after an overseas trip, and a barrage of text messages flooded in. There had been an attack at Saugus High School, and several students had been shot. My heart seemed to skip several beats, and I found myself taking one deep breath after another. It’s one thing to read and hear about such happenings on the news, but you go through a whole other…

Mindful Teacher Training – Now Online!

Posted on October 29, 2019

I’m so excited! Last week I hosted my very first online training: I led The Mindful Teacher Training, Level 1, Teach to Reach at Swarthmore Friends Nursery School. This school is on the campus of beautiful Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and there were 15 teachers who reach 150 children. I have every reason to feel fulfilled and joy-filled. I’m teary eyed when I think of the importance of such training. If we, as adults taking care of children—parents, teachers, recess staff,…

What Does Raising “Healthy” Children Really Mean?

Posted on October 22, 2019

Guest Post by Bela Patel, Doctor of Pharmacy, Certified Holistic Health Coach   When you think of the word “healthy,” most people think of food and the absence of disease. Health is a state of physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and to achieve this we need to create a solid foundation of great habits in our children. As a pharmacist and health coach, I take a holistic approach and look at our health like a table. A table has four legs,…

California Fires: Tips and Tools to Uplift Your Family Vibes

Posted on October 12, 2019

It’s that time of the year here in Southern California. Those of us who have spent a lifetime here can feel the fear in the air the minute the winds kick up to horrendous speeds. The smell of smoke and the sounds of sirens, helicopters, and fire-fighting aircraft just add to the angst. With eight fires currently active, more than 100,000 people have been evacuated, several school districts are closed, and workplaces are reduced to skeleton crews. With just a…