*This morning we didn't get to our usual chat about our a.m. image...the quote of the day over the announcements was far too powerful to skim over. *Our conversation took a quick turn into one about race, racism, self-love, transparency, being a bystander, and where we rest as a human race on the timeline of progression. *I could have cried over the sweetness and caution of my soulful students. This group has a fierce passion as to the way the world "should be" versus where it's at. They carefully craft each word they speak, particularly when saying "black" or "white," so as to not offend anyone; yet, their words are spoken from such a place of unifying love. These conversations are truly moving and inspiring each day. *"Ms. Vetere, why ARE there still people who are racist in the world?" The answer that we arrived at collectively, is that it is simply a reflection of a lack of self-love. For someone to be unkind towards another human, can only mean that they are unkind to themselves. If you love yourself wholly, only love can then be projected outwards. *Our theme for reflection for today's meditation, was to examine our own "self." To identify that within us which is not yet fully whole, completely loved, or even liked. *Children are so pure and innocent. They do not see colour. They do not see race, nor gender, nor religion. They SEE role models and they are TAUGHT colour, race, gender, and religion. They are influenced to develop belief systems. *To see or to be taught any of the above can be wonderful, as long as it is from a place of love. *Sometimes I think our children would make the best leaders of the world; their innate training into the human condition comes not from years of schooling and working, but from being the pure souls we arrive as. *I have to thank my favourite teachers again, the class of 4C...I learned so much at school today 😉 ❤ N.A.T
Do you know what your kids are good at?
The question seems fairly simple, but do you really know what your kid(s) are good at? Where do they demonstrate an obvious skill, desire, or knack? Please comment with your favourite emoji.
If you aren’t really sure (and you are definitely not alone on this), take a look at some of the things they do that may drive you a little “nuts” and see if those things may actually be strengths disguised as weakness. Often, strengths can appear to us as a weakness (something that drives us nuts about a person), when in fact they are really just a strength under developed or misapplied.
Like a lot of things that rise in popularity and become an almost societal pop-culture in and of itself, riddled with opinions and ideas of how certain things should be done – there are certain elements of the spiritual/self-help genre that I feel have become heavily infiltrated with the same type of behaviours. Specifically speaking – THE EGO.
Sadly, the EGO has been given a really bad reputation, even so much as being referred to as the false identity that we create of ourselves. It is something that we are inadvertently taught to fear so that we don’t allow it to rule us, our thoughts, or the way we construct our life. Many in the spiritual world teach that the ego is limiting, that in order to be able to live a truly balanced life, we must be able to transcend the ego – the all-consuming energy that has been blamed for everything from destroying relationships to creating insecurities. We become riddled with guilt when we dip into our ego, making ourselves feel better by posting memes on social media that go something like “my ego made me do it…” and label it insecurity, arrogance, EGOtistical.
But what isn’t spoken about the EGO is that it is, in fact, the MOST crucial element in the development of the Self and can be used as our greatest source of motivation.
This misrepresentation of the ego is what keeps us stuck in what we think we’re supposed to be doing, as opposed to doing what we know we can do...
👆Full post up on the blog - www.wherehumrests.com/blog or link in bio @wherehumrests. 💓
Kerry. Xx .
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Noticing the simple pleasures around us brings into the present moment.⠀
Always know this. We all are. We all struggle at times throughout our life, but each of us are BIGGER than any of the shit that happens to us. And, shit will happen...
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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
Book signing for Between The Lines with 2017 Laura Ingall Wilder Award winner, Nikki Grimes...so much fun!
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A peak inside the life of George, a child who was labelled a boy at birth but is certain they’re a girl. This book totally shows the importance of mutually empathetic relationships in childhood. A touching and enlightening read.
Someone once said that adulthood gives each of us the opportunity to be the person that we needed when we were young. This has become the siren song for my life’s work and I’m guessing this is true for you as well. •
From becoming a physical therapist, teaching infant massage and mindful parenting classes, to opening a holistic health center, founding Generation Mindful and creating the Time-In ToolKit, the thread that binds my life’s work is connection. •
To help us spread Generation Mindful’s message about mindfulness, connection and shame-free child rearing, I made this quick video to show you how easy it is to print and use our FREE Calming Strategies Sheets to make a coloring booklet with kids.
You can print and use this file with as many children as you like. Kids about ages 4 on up can put their name on the front and practice the strategies while they color, making this booklet their own. •
Every child deserves to have these tools taught to them by someone they trust. 💚 Thank you for being that someone.
ACCESS THE PRINTABLES: link in bio (two paragraphs down)
MINDFUL MONDAY INSTAGRAMMER⠀
This week we're featuring our friend @laprana_studio who's beautifully crafted feed features Renee demonstrating mindfully selected yoga asanas with their benefits, words of wisdom, inspiring quotes, and stunning imagery. ⠀
Laprana is a 'Holistic mind-body wellness studio located in Melbourne offering private wellbeing consultations combining yoga, psychology & mindfulness meditation.'⠀
Time-ins involve listening. To introduce time-ins to children, begin by talking with them about mistakes...aka “learning moments”. Share the idea that even though a learning moment might sometimes feel bad, a learning moment does not mean that we are bad. As you open this conversation with children age three and up, begin with a question. Ask: “Do you think it’s okay (or safe) for us to make mistakes?” and then listen to what they have to say with your entire being. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Listening is an active state. 💚 #WeAreGenM
Just taking a break from his game to get in touch with his body. He totally caught me creepin 🙈
🌌 #CosmicKidsYoga on YouTube is fun and interactive for the kiddos! A great way to get them engaged in exercise & away from the electronics for a bit. #consciouskids
Saturday morning hikes & a sabbatical from being busy with my girl! Hopefully she’s taking notes📝
Make it a habit to connect with nature.
You become your rituals and habits.
Talk to the birds & trees. They’re great listeners. Literally ha! .
Get out of your head and back into your body.
Ask for guidance and listen.
The answer is in your body. Feel it & trust it.
She can’t roll her eyes at me just yet so here’s to implanting some ideas into her subconscious. 💕💕
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Amunet, Samaira and i started our day right with affirmations this morning together. i usually have samaira write hers every night as well. it's interesting to see her struggles manifest into these positive practices i have taught her to help her love herself. that parenting journal book you see there, was waiting for me at a "free kids stuff" event. happy to have taken home such a mindful practical guide for raising conscious kids and creating a happy home. it was definitely made for a mama like me trying to find some type of balance between first raising my self into a higher level of consciousness and raising them with an open mind and a loving heart. "parenting is not about knowing all the answers but having the willingness and courage to learn, grow and evolve and to trust you'll find the answers. raising conscious kids has more to do with your consciousness as a parent than it does with your kids; it starts with you" -Dr. Shefali
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The coming together of many unique parts to form a cohesive whole! Much like this collaborative art piece we worked on with our 3 to 5 year olds during our Heart Centred Kindy this week 😉Mindfulness. Art. Relationships. Beauty. Nature. Love. All the good stuff!
Sometimes I forget just how absorbent kids are. How whatever you model to them, becomes their new normal. ⠀
I live by my mood stones - I choose one a day and put it somewhere I will see it to keep me motivated - and so creating our own to sell for charity (half term school project) came naturally to them. ⠀
Here is a sneak peak into our creations from 5 kids under 8: Love, kind, trust, peace (from a 4 year old who is just learning to write), moons, stars, flowers, hearts. And 2 minions just to keep it real 😂⠀
It was a beautiful reminder of how innately open kids are and how a half term project can actually be fun! ⠀
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“On our 100th day of homeschool, out of desperate survival to finish this year, we made a "Calming Corner" & added mindfulness & feeling our feelings to our curriculum. Lord have mercy. #homeschoolmom#100daysofschool ***my "tool kit" is in the fridge.”
Thank you for this awesome share @jodamama !! 📷 We are so happy that you all are LOVING your Calming Corner.
'When we sit thoughtfully pondering in a quiet place and the Spirit speaks to us, there will come into our hearts and souls the things that are truly our greatest desires, those things that are more important in the long run than anything else.' ~ Ardeth Kapp⠀
Artwork by Lea⠀
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I really wanted to move my body today to help set the new moon intentions I jotted down last night.
But Full disclosure: I’ve been a little intimidated to hop on my mat at home with the girls lately because there are always so many interruptions that I don’t feel content with my practice. I know that’s just a thing I need to work out, to be ok with. So one of the things I wanted to bring in with the new moon this month is having realistic expectations of myself and my children. Expectations are everything. I usually set them wayyyyy too high and forget I am only human and my children are, well, little! But when I change my expectations of my practice- to be present with my girls and myself on the floor right here and now, I receive joy and I am allow myself to be content with the here and now.
They love having me on the ground to circle around and climb on, and I love having them at my feet. And and ankles. And calves. And quads. And stomach and breast.