Photograph by Carina Renner
Click on this link Rona.tree to hear the audio version of this meditation:
When you are ready, find a place to sit, on a chair or pillow, or if you prefer, you can lie down. If you sit in a chair, place your feet on the floor, loosen any tight clothing, and sit with your spine straight and feel your weight on the earth.” If you are lying down, sense the floor, or mat, or bed below your body. (more…)
In the book, “Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha,” Tara Brach says, “Feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance.”
Woke up today after attending a talk by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Tibetan Sound Healing) and sensed once again that it’s individual transformation that has to happen before we can transform our government. Once we the people become aware of our fear, anger, greed, and other emotions that cloud us, then we will have the space to open our hearts, and put our understanding into practice. Lets work for things like yoga, music, and art in the schools, social emotional focus in pre-school, healing for our veterans, workplace equity and wellness, and work towards policies like Bhutan’s focus on Gross National Happiness.
Sometimes we need more information or inspiration as we work to raise our kids. In addition to our Happiness Matters podcasts, you can now access articles and tips that I wrote or posted during the 10 years of doing Childhood Matters radio show. I hope you’ll pass them on to parents and teachers who might benefit. These resources are all free to you….because parenting is important and we all need support! Go to our Tips and Articles tab.
World Peace Begins At Home: I’ve thought of this motto for some time now. I realize that like many people, I struggle with trying to understand how to bring more peace to our country and the countries around the world. I often feel helpless and at times even hopeless about the wars, political fighting, and abuse of power. When I come back to what I can do, I remember that I can do my best to treat people with compassion, and I can help families as they deal with the challenges they face each day. (more…)