Tuesday, September 11, 2012

pure gold

"A peaceful, happy child is the first step toward a peaceful, happy world." Who knew that actress Goldie Hawn had blossomed into an advocate for the well-being of children and a compelling author? Her concern for the hearts and minds of all children seems especially pertinent on the anniversary of 9/11. If we don't comfort, protect and model a healthy emotional life for the youngest people in our lives, they can't learn to do the same for themselves and others. This is where mindfulness comes in, the art and discipline of being fully present to the present moment. Sorting out thoughts and feelings, handling stress, staying calm, being focused, compassionate, empathetic and happy: all are tied to being mindful. Maybe you need to brush up on the concept in order to help your children practice it. I think that's what Goldie may have had in mind when she wrote this encouraging book. The great news is that mindfulness is a skill that can be cultivated. Ten minutes at a time. Starting with your very next breath.

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