The Empty Nest and The Phoenix

PhoenixjpgThis drawing, like all drawings, came from a blank piece of paper, very much like how all of our emotions, creativity, and thoughts rise up from a blank, new, empty, fresh unknown place.

I was listening to an audio recording of the consciousness-expanding ideas that come from a teacher I love named Bashar.  My eyes and fingers enjoyed the hand-made paper, so they chose it.

Immersed in an expanded vision of humanity, and of myself, I picked up a piece of the rustic and rust-colored chalk-like pigment that I had bought at the Rembrandt house in Amsterdam.  It was the same stuff the Master himself used, they said; a thought that made magical the act of drawing with it.

As I listened and drew, I felt who I am and where I am going. A birdlike shape appeared, and as the blank paper ripened with detail and color, the bird began to express that expansion, that potential for flight.

At times, thoughts of my son were on my mind and heart.  Last night we were packing boxes of kitchen utensils, pots and pans, and more things he had never needed, but now these things will find a new home as he moves into his next phase of life…his own apartment.

Yet, living together and not living together are not new ideas for our family. We had years of each, alternating in a consistent pattern.  Our son lived with us for eight years, then did not for eight years, then lived with us again now for eight years, and at age twenty-four, he is taking flight.  I did not actually think of the phrase “empty nest” until after the drawing of the bird, but somehow, my hand and my brain had known what to do.

While enjoying the sight of the colors and shapes unfolding on the handmade paper, I thought of how amazing my son is, how deep and unique he is in the way he thinks and feels. And how rare it is that he owns his own property in the city with tenants on the bottom floor, and how he and his best friend, like a brother since age nine, will now make their home on the top two floors of that building.

As the bird drawing became saturated with detail, I realized I wanted him to have it in his next phase of life.  I saw a bird, but when I texted the picture to him, his reply read the phoenix.

The bird-now-phoenix became my inspiration to write.  Such is the way of the flow.

The Phoenix,

that which rises out of the ash of the old,

that state of being that exists forever and always.

A line drawn, a dot of color, and the potential is activated.

It change the blankness into something; we may not know what.

The potential fills in, fleshes out, plumps up, becomes something.  Becomes what it is.

Hold it out away from you and survey it.

Look deeply and closely and love it.

Give it away and be happy for it.

Think of it and be inspired by it.

The Phoenix,

that state of being that exists forever and always as potential,




never-ending, ever cycling, ever rising out of the ashes,

ever beginning again.

phoenix pale - Version 2

Shakta 10/31/15


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Perceiving the Beauty in Autism

images-1After taking the Radiant Child Yoga for ADHD and Autism course, I found all that I was taught in the course became real to me as I started tuning into these children. I saw how special these kids are– and how to recognize it and call it forward suddenly hit my heart.

One boy in particular who seemed to be on “the spectrum” caught my attention. As I looked at his face and watched him, sometimes participating and sometimes drifting off, I found myself wondering about him. What had caught his fancy? What was he thinking about? As I looked upon his face, I saw an amazing human being who wasn’t interacting in the ways that would be expected of him but that there was brilliant life within him. I desired to know more about him. and as I watched him felt such a pull towards children like him.

fire in my heart

fire in my heart

I saw in him and the ways he glanced about him, some of my own son, Gregory. In those moments, I fell deeper in love with my own son. Through watching this other child, I got it! These children do perceive immense life and beauty.

I want to be a person that takes that into account and learns from them. I want to not presume that it is me that comes to teach or instruct them but that it is me that comes to learn from them. For that teaching, which feels like the heartbeat of the Radiant Child Yoga program, I am immensely grateful.

radiant-butterfly-03Mims D.

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Dispelling the Illusion of “The Other”

DSCN3242“The Other” can be defined as anyone who is not me, the unit consciousness that I experience myself as. I believe that for us as conscious human beings to step into the work in the Aquarian Age, there cannot be any separation between us and anyone else. There cannot be any “other”.

How can we experience a state of oneness? A good start is with the Witness. Come out of your mind and witness yourself thinking, planning, imagining, fabricating possible scenarios in the future, colored by the past. Notice how much (or how little) of the time you are actually living right now. Notice your perspective, your judgments and assessments of people and situations, your strongest beliefs that are behind those judgments and stories. Don’t analyze them by thinking “Oh that’s because my mother always told me I wasn’t any good at doing such-and such.” The analysis is another mental trap.

First it is just enough to notice, i.e. observe without judgment, what is the strongest beliefs we have about ourselves and others. Then, little by little, we test the waters of giving up our identity with our mind, our perspective, our beliefs. We do this tentatively at first, then as we see the joy and freedom that ensues from relaxing the ego grip, we are more and more willing to let go and just see what life brings. Possibly we begin trusting life implicitly, knowing there is nothing life can bring that cannot be used for our highest good.

The True Meaning of Human Being

imagesHuman Being means hu equals light, man is mind and being is simply what it says: the state of “isness” or beingness. In our highest consciousness, we are truly and simply human beings.

When we realize that every person on this planet has the potential to live as “light-minded beings”, the possibility of even subtle forms of separatism, and superiority are removed. We include instead of exclude. We realize that circumstances and other people have as much to teach us as we have to teach them. We become students of life. Life becomes very exciting knowing that each moment holds a golden opportunity to grow, become, and be who we really are. There are no extraneous moments of life; the key to the infinite is in the precious hands of this instant, this eternal Now.

Eliminating the Other Within

images-1When life brings us something we don’t like it is easy to feel that things are not fair, not right. And we resist either in anger or bear it with sadness and grief/depression. This creates a separation within us, as though there is someone else (God? Life?) who is doing something to us.   We become separate even from ourselves as we play out a part in our own created play. If there truly is no “other” then everything comes to us as an opportunity to grow more fully into ourselves. What happens if instead of believing there’s a God outside of us who has determined the events in our lives, we trust that it was our own life wisdom that brought these situations so we can become more fully who we are? Can we then learn from our own life situations without guilt, blame, but with responsibility–the ability to respond?

Let’s just play with this for a minute: no God outside us. We create our life to be as we want it to be by our beliefs, which translate into vibratory energy, the energy of creation. We are consciously aware of ourselves as “light-mind beings” beaming and radiating outward and drawing life circumstances toward us based on our beliefs.   If our beliefs are unconscious, it gets tricky. Then it seems like we have nothing to do with the way things go in our lives, and things just happen to us.

When we pray, what are we doing? Directing our mental beam toward an intention, with 100% trust that it is manifesting at the very moment we project it? How can it not then? If we are begging a God who is outside of us to help us without the understanding that we are the God we are beseeching, what can manifest from that kind of prayer? What vibratory energy does that prayer contain?

These are questions we can ask ourselves. It only matters what we do at each moment with our vibration, because that is how we affect our world, our life. Each future and past are created and recreated by what we do in the present.

GOD powerDispelling the illusion of God outside–what does that mean? Inside and outside are an illusion actually. We are consciousness and the body exists as a form within the formless. The consciousness is infinite; it is God. And God is the vibration of its acronym: G–the generating energy O- the organizing energy, D–the destroying, destructuring energy.

Remember the line “What you see is what you get?” It can also be explained as “what your vibratory frequency is attuned to is the reality you will experience.”

Do you want to dispel the illusion of separation between you and everyone else, between you and the things that seem to just happen to you that create pain, between you and your perception of God? It is possible to awaken from this illusory dream, or rather it is inevitable, because God, or All That Is, is our natural state of being, and eventually every soul will experience this and know.

Nanak’s Main Message

images-3Let’s get down to the primal level. What was the primary message of Guru Nanak, the original teacher of the Sikh Path?

Ek Ong Kar: Creator/Creation are One. In energy language this translates as the energy of manifestation and the energy of that which manifests are the same one thing. The experience of this knowing brings about—

Sat Nam: The Name, or the vibratory frequency of Truth or alignment with All That Is. The experience of this frequency brings about—

Siri Wahe Guru: The experience of this energy is the highest (Siri) expression of bliss (Wahe) that is the light (ru) that dispels all darkness (gu).

So Guru is that which takes you into the light, or vibratory frequency of merger with All That Is. And dispels the darkness, which is a misunderstanding of the true nature of being, or can be described as the belief in the illusion of separation.

Being present means realizing the truth of each moment, without any fear clinging from the past, nor any projections of hopes into the future. Understanding Guru Nanak’s message in this present moment of enlightened energy brings us to the realization that what he was saying is all there is to say, and what he experienced in the moment that those words came forth is forever here for us all to experience…moment by moment and breath by breath.images-4

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Fly Like A Dragonfly!!

Yoga is about balance in our bodies and our lives. The yin and yang of yoga is the softness, the receptivity coupled with the focus and the projective energy

In my role as founder and director of Radiant Child Yoga, I’ve observed hundreds of adult students teach children’s yoga. For the most part, their creations contain a plethora of sweet and relaxing images: bufinal_cards_front2tterfly yoga, swaying trees, stretching to greet the sun. In the back of my mind a question would arise: What about children who relate to stronger imagery? What would the boys think of this? Would they even do it?”


One day, my 7-year old godson said to me, “I don’t want to be a butterfly. I want to be a dragonfly!” With that he flew around the room, buzzing intensely. I got it. He was telling me something about balance. Another time, he was playing with his favorite toy and said, “Look,” as he held up a contorted action figure, “He’s doing Bow Pose!” Immediately my brain lit up and the two of us began the inspired planning of a set of Yoga Warrior cards, a yoga game in which Transformers demonstrate poses with names that any young warrior can relate to: Frozen Iron (front platform), Crouching Tiger (Squats), Skyscraper (Tree) and Starship (Extended Lotus). All poses can be done with Dragon Breath (strong breathing through mouth or nose).

In sharing yoga with children, it’s always good to let their bodies show you what they need—maybe it’s a bit of running around to settle the nervous system in order to focus. Perhaps they need to make booming and crashing noises. Doing Dragon Breath (strong audible breath through the nose or mouth) may help them to engage with the yoga.

Rainbow Dragon game

Rainbow Dragon game

A tip:  Contrast the soft, slow “peace and love” yoga with the focused warrior spirit; this works for both boys and girls. Incorporate Archer, Warrior, Down Dog to Up Dog, Front and Back Platform, Bow and Wheel pose. Life calls for both yin and yang. When you balance the yoga scales, you let the fun begin!

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The Yogi’s Message: “Hello…Let’s Go!”

During the Radiant Child Family Yoga 200 hour teacher training that just finished last week, I checked online for some snippet videos of Yogi Bhajan for the students to get a feel for him as a teacher and master of Kundalini Yoga.

As serendipity would have it, I discovered a really sweet video that had several super simple practical tips for keeping your consciousness together even when you are worn out, strung out, out of sorts, and just plain out of gas!

images-2Check out the video here.

The couple simple things I found helpful and am applying to my own life are:

  • Three deep breaths every 31 minutes.  Now, don’t get freaked out, thinking, “I can’t do that, too hard, never going to happen, etc.” Just start somewhere.  Personally I feel that if I remember the three conscious breaths 3-5 times a day I am happy.  It is a perfect “Mindfulness” tool to give you a chance to become present to yourself.  And you are not trying to do so many breaths that it become routine-like.  Three breaths are perfect!  The Yogi knows what works!

  • Splash cold water on your eyes, neck, all the places he mentions in the video.  Amazing what cold water can do for you in a short time. And remember…cold showers each morning before practice is the Kundalini way to Heaven!

Check it out.  Here’s the link again!

We totally enjoyed it at the training.  Next summer we’ll do it all again, and yet it will be all new!  Will you be there to share the love?


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How do You Live in Your High Heart?

In response to the question above, Karen Dabrosca, a graduate from our Radiant Child Family Yoga 200 hour teacher training, and a long-time health and well-being high school teacher, responded eloquently to the question I presented.  So with her permission, here is her response:

“How do you live in your high heart, not your emotional heart?”

imgres-1I place I high priority on living a lifestyle that keeps me centered & grounded . We are all human and get caught up in the whirlwind and responsibilities of living on this fast paced planet. However, certain daily practices are essential to living a healthy, vibrant life. They are: yoga, meditation, being in nature, creativity, being in community with likeminded folks and of course eating good, “real” food. When the body is supported in these ways, the heart has a stable home.

These are my daily practices. This is living in my “high heart”.

On the other hand, issues & events of being human, which we all have, are our lessons along the path.   They help us learn and grow. They are teaching tools on the bigger journey. Without the stable foundation created by the above practices, we attach and gravitate to each event as it unfolds. We react as if everything is a crisis. Chaos. This, to me, is living in the “emotional heart”. Our reactivity and emotions drive our behavior which blows like branches in the wind; changing directions, soft, strong until finally a big enough breeze causes the branch to snap.

A physical touchstone taught to me by a local yoga teacher is this:   right middle finger touches the center of the chest, a reminder to live in the “high heart”.

Which “heart” do you choose?imgres

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Parenting from The Soul: A Father’s Perspective

Enjoy this excerpt from my upcoming book, Authentic Life With Children

By Shakta Khalsa, Llewellyn Worldwide Publications, release date: Fall 2016

imagesIf the expression of deep peace throughout all the winds of change is your intention, you will begin to see it manifesting. One of the most deeply peaceful and steady-hearted people I know is my husband of thirty-eight years, Kartar. Without his wisdom and involvement, this book could not be complete. Also, without the valuable perspective of fathering from the yogic or soul level, we would be missing an amazing opportunity to help better raise a conscious, soul-connected child.

Because of the importance of all parental and adult roles, I wish to take this opportunity to share something with you that comes from Kartar’s loving heart and his wise perspective.

Fathering from the Soul: Kartar’s Perspective

There were three major anchor points that helped prepare me to father a child. Each one was something that would help guide me and bring me to conclusions that honored my yet-to-be-born child as an individual soul, not just a person who was part of me.

The first anchor point was the question that Yogi Bhajan asked Shakta and me: why do you want to have a child? This was an important question and one that we both weighed heavily, each coming to our own independent answers. My answer was that I wanted to father a soul who would have such peace and clarity that he or she would be of great assistance to others. My feelings about this were clear and I knew in my bones that this was what I wanted.

The second anchor point was an opportunity I received, in which Yogi Bhajan asked me to sit and meditate at his altar until he came back. During that time I noticed little figures on the altar, which to me represented prayers or intentions. I never asked him about it, I just made that assumption.

The third anchor point came a few years later and I view it as the next level of awareness based on the second point. There was a time when Shakta and I were delving into the lives of Mary and Joseph and how they parented and trained Jesus. One particular book stood out, Memoirs of Beloved Mary, by Thomas Printz[1]. I found this book fascinating, as it detailed the training that Mary needed in order to maintain her connection to the Infinite during her son’s life. And there were also stories of Joseph; I had thought of Joseph as a carpenter, but this material filled in his life in a much richer detail. One of the things it mentioned was that it was from Joseph that Jesus learned all the skills he would need to build the organization for what he would need to accomplish. This was his father’s role and it was profoundly impactful in helping me further understand the father’s role, with the way I perceived myself fulfilling it.

Once I understood this, I knew it was what I would hold as my prayer for the life of our child. Before he was born, I purchased a small reminder of Joseph, a statue, which I placed on my altar and keep there to this day. This symbolized a deeply rooted belief that was intimately connected with my soul’s purpose; that through my presence, my words, and actions, I may be a conduit of information on how people cooperate, complement and supplement each other, and how organizations of integrity are built and thrive; and that I may share what I have learned with my son.

Once he was born, I wanted to give Ram Das the experience and exploration of the space of quiet and calmness. Several times—sometimes in answer to a question and sometimes unsolicited—Yogi Bhajan asked me to do a daily meditation with a mantra that took about an hour a day. To some, it may have seemed like a large commitment, but I wanted to do this because I found how it always brought me home when I experienced some disturbance at the soul level. Once home, the answer, which was (and is) often something I wasn’t anticipating, would come.


When he was still very young, I would gather up Ram Das in his backpack and we’d go out for a walking meditation. I held the intention to let him be absorbed in the vibration of the mantra I was chanting and the peace and calm that it was establishing in my brain waves. Occasionally I would arrive home from work and find he was out of sorts. My favorite thing to do was just to scoop him up to go for one of our “walks.” I thought of it as resetting the energy, and it worked that way. This is an awareness that he can still relate with today, and though it may not take the same form of yoga and meditation, I know he has his own ways of regaining balance and resetting his energy that works for him.

In addition to the private walks I did with Ram Das, Shakta and I did hour-long walking meditations for many years. He was along in the backpack for hundreds of these. Sometimes there was talking, but many times we just used sound and the vibration of chanting to establish patterns of deep peace.

This is the place that is now “home” for Ram Das. I may not ever know the role that these walks played in establishing a connected place for him, but he does know of its existence and honors it. I see this as an observer, noticing his even-keeled approach to important conversations and actions, and the way he can easily see the big picture in a situation.

On the opposite side of “quiet and calming alertness” is meaningful conversation. An important aspect of my relationship with Ram Das included talking with him from a soul level. I did this before he was born and continued on through his stages of growth in life. I wanted to share with him the way life worked, as I understood it.

There was one particularly memorable time. This was during the winter and I was on duty, because he was learning not to nurse in the middle of the night. It was cold but we were well bundled as we walked in the magical stillness of the nighttime air. He started out crying and I would patiently wait. Between his cries I spoke to him through my thoughts and actions, never saying a word out loud, and creating a soul to soul connection to the level of cellular intelligence.

I explained to him it was natural to be upset when something he “thought he needed for well being” was no longer being provided; that this was something he would see in many other forms throughout his life. He would be learning the discipline of knowing that all was well as it was, and to let go of what he thought he needed. I acknowledged his confusion and fear, and in turn, he learned to understand.

Through my own awareness and acknowledgement of Ram Das as his own individual, the calming presence I maintained, and conversations that were emitted soul to soul, I found the cornerstones of fathering that came to me naturally, as they were a part of my soul. I am so thankful that I was able to slow down enough to listen to the subtle guidance of the universe. Anytime I need to, I can still call on this to stabilize the father’s prayer within me.

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[1] Memoirs of Beloved Mary Mother of Jesus (Heretofore Unchronicled) by Thomas Printz. 1986. Out of print.

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Application of Radiant Child Yoga from OT Point of View

This is an unsolicited response from one of the Radiant Child Yoga training attendees.  May it inspire you!

images-9Hello, I am Sabrina Kenny, and I have been a school-based occupational therapist for over 10 years. For about half of my career I have been practicing yoga regularly and using yoga and yoga-based activities to address many of my student’s needs in individual, small group and whole class sessions.

Over the years, I have taken many children’s yoga trainings and have found them all valuable.  Through these courses I have deeply enhanced my knowledge and skills. Then I attended Radiant Child Yoga level 1-2, and Radiant Child Yoga For Children with Autism, ADHD and the Differently – Abled and I realized what was missing from these past trainings, from my teaching and therapy sessions. The only problem is that I don’t have the words to articulate what I found and how things have changed. I can feel it. I’ve been feeling it since day 2 of the training, but not sure if I will ever really be able to say it suitably.

YIMsp:DVD.cover I can go on and on for pages about all of the good Radiant Child has brought to my personal yoga practice, my teaching and my occupational therapy practice (how half the school walks around unconsciously chanting “I am happy….I am good”, how much my kindergarteners love Yoga in Motion DVD and how they have taught all of the songs to their parents, how I no longer have yoga teacher block because of all the great activities and uplifting affirmations we learned, how I am better able to articulate and justify the necessity of yoga in my OT practice …). But for some reason, I feel more compelled to talk of things other than the good.

For the most part, I have always loved being and OT, especially since I have been working in the NYC schools.   However, back in October when I attended Radiant Child. I was having a very difficult time adjusting to an unusual amount of workplace changes (most of them at the time did not seem good), obstacles and some unexpected loses. I will not get lost in the details, but I felt myself rapidly transforming from the person who looked forward to going to work to the person who had mini anxiety attacks on Sunday night. The stressors were affecting my job performance; I felt disorganized, overwhelmed, not present, and worst of all, not effective.

At the Yoga for Children with ADHD and Autism training, I sat half asleep at our 6 am yoga classes, listened to the inspiring stories that were shared from both instructors and many of the students, I soon felt the passion, authenticity and devotion of the teachers begin to transform me. What felt so heavy and impossible to overcome, suddenly felt really trivial. By day 2, I was no longer overwhelmed with stress, and by day 4 I felt empowered with an interesting sense of tranquility, hope and exuberance.images-7

When I returned to school on Tuesday, everything was different. To be honest, I didn’t even start to incorporate the specific skills I learned and treasured so dearly for almost two weeks after the course. I felt this weird desire to save it, the way I use to save my Easter basket candy when I was a child. But even so, so much changed immediately. I was suddenly overpowered with the love I had for my students and my colleagues. I felt a new sense of understanding, awareness and clarity. I knew exactly what I needed to do to overcome some of the barriers we had been faced with. I could not articulate it to anyone and clearly still cannot. I was frustrated by my lack of words to describe this amazing experience initially.

images-1Nevertheless, something I did learn at the training was that there is so much more to our experiences than words can describe, and there is so much more to US that cannot be described.

However, I can say this.

  • Since Radiant Child, I’ve been able to remain calmer in the face of chaos and believe my students are slowly but steadily beginning to as well.I have noticed that without using words, I have been able to help some of their teachers do the same.
  • I’ve been better able to see the gifts that each child brings, especially the difficult students many teachers and therapists are afraid to work with.
  • I have been relying more on vibration and less on words and have been praying and meditating more.
  • In my teaching, I have been incorporating breath work, chanting and mindfulness, positive affirmations, song/ dance more than ever and no longer feel worried about what others will think of me.
  • I’ve been assertive enough to maintain class structure but calm enough to let things go, which had long been a challenge for me.

Because of Radiant Child, I am more effective at addressing the varying needs of my students and truly believe that yoga has enhanced their holistic well-being.

Most importantly, when I am with my students, I am completely present, and this I believe has made the most difference. I have so much gratitude for the instructors and hope to continue to have the privilege of attending more of their trainings.

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Simple Yogic Snack, Tons of Antioxidants

DSCN1898This is a great simple breakfast…good on the go.  Keep a bag in your car.  Or just have as a snack anytime.

Here’s the scoop on each ingredient of this superfood combination.  Enjoy!

Dried Mulberries: Scientific studies have shown that consumption of berries have potential health effects against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections. The berries contain resveratrol, another polyphenol flavonoid antioxidant. Resveratrol protects against stroke risk by altering molecular mechanisms in the blood vessels.  High in Vitamin C, low in calories. *

Blanched Almonds:   Vitamin E, great for skin.  Easier to digest than raw almonds.  See more info from a previous post:

Goji Berries:  Over time, people have used goji berries to try to treat many common health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, fever, and age-related eye problems.  They are known in Asia to promote longevity, a feeling of well-being, good sleep, and good athletic performance. **

Unsweetened Coconut Flakes: Protein, Fiber, Iron, and Zinc.  And the crunch and oil taste is really satisfying! ***

Juice Sweetened Cranberries: May help urinary tract infections, or for prevention.  Great source of Vitamin C.  The slightly tart taste goes well with this combo. ****





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Your Stories Needed for Book–Time Sensitive!

Dear Friends of Radiant Child,

There is an opportunity to tell your story and positively affect tens of thousands of people to empower themselves and their relationships with children.  As well, your story will help empower children to be the wise, radiant, authentic beings they truly are.

 My book about authentic relationships with children and ourselves is due out in 2016 with a wonderful worldwide publisher.

I’m calling all parents, caregivers, therapists, teachers, and anyone who parents and/ or works with children to take a look at the list below and if you feel inspired–choose one (or if a couple ideas go together, that’s fine.).  SEND ME ONE OR TWO PARAGRAPHS WITH YOUR STORY BY MAY 10TH.

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I will contact you to let you know if we can use it, and if so, what editing it needs.  If you prefer, we can change names and places for privacy.

Thanks much, and if we use your story, we’ll send you a download link of your choice from shop!

  1. Speak about your version of knowing children as big souls in little bodies? What are you learning from children? How do you see them learning from you in turn?
  2. IMG_3284How do you balance over-parenting and under-parenting?
  3. How do you balance between being indulgent and over-disciplinarian?
  4. If you don’t “appoint”, you won’t be disappointed.  In what way have you learned about this in relation to a child
  5. How do you with your fears about your child?
  6. How do you work with negative/positive minds to come to neutral in relation to children?
  7. How do you live in your high heart, not your emotional heart?
  8. How do you work with the concept of making an effort to change? How do you change for the better–what is the mechanism?
  9. Name an instance when you used your imagination to feel for a new space in relation to children. Elaborate.
  10. How do you become a non-anxious presence for a child who is feeling anxious or fearful?
  11. How do you reclaim your own child?
  12. What do you do to remember “they are children” and the way the are acting is completely normal.
  13. How have you worked with slowing down with your children? How have you taken a step back from over-scheduling them and yourself?
  14. What do you do to connect with your children? (not just the action but also the feeling space you are creating.)
  15. In what ways do you create integrity in your life in relation to children? Do you have any examples of how they were influenced by you in this way?
  16.  What are some ways you create mindful moments for yourself? For your child?yellow rose
  17. How do you connect with your children that is different from your partner? What work have you done to accept your partner’s way if it is different from yours?
  18.  Write about your version of this statement:
  19. “When you hold someone as the object of your attention while you are in the center of your loving, authentic Self, you act as a satellite for them. Even if they are not close to their own center, your satellite beams the way forward.” Teachings of Abraham, Esther Hicks
  20.  What experiences have you had learning not to “bite the bait” when a challenge is presenting itself to you in the form of the child. How have you worked to respond, not react?
  21. “You cannot change what you do not own”: Write about an example of this for you in real life.prayerpose
  22. How have you learned to befriend yourself, and what has been the result?
  23.  How do you know when you are following your true guidance? How do you nurture that in children?
  24. Anything not mentioned here that you would like to write about?

thank you!

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