Kids User Guide to a Human Life

a book series offering 9 to 12 year-olds fun, practical information on how to live a life with less stress and more joy

April 6, 2017
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Spring Mindfulness Class at the Park City High School

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April 6, 2017
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Summer Mindfulness Course at the Park City Hospital

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December 12, 2016
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New Mindfulness Course at the Park City Hospital

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October 26, 2016
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Mindfulness @ PCHS

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Hello friends!

Come practice mindfulness with me at the Park City High School on Mondays. The class is open to students, teachers and staff.

It would be a joy and honor to practice with you.

P.S. – Isn’t this poster by PCHS senior Lucia Feltovich amazing?!

October 20, 2016
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Mindfulness in the Park City School District!

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Hello Friends!

I found out something so cool yesterday, that I wanted to share it with all of you…

During a meeting with Park City School District counselors (because I am going to be teaching mindfulness at the High School and Junior High!! – but that is another post) one of the Junior High counselors told me that when kids are sent to his office, instead of punishing them, he has them read the Kid’s User Guide!

My heart is currently bursting…

How have you been using the Kid’s User Guide?

 

September 28, 2016
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Mindfulness Meditation Series at the Live Well Center at Park City Hospital

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August 18, 2016
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The Mindful Family

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Hello friends!

Join me September 22 at the Park City Hospital‘s LiVe Well Center for a free talk about incorporating mindfulness into your family life.

It would be wonderful to see you!

August 18, 2016
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The Kid’s User Guide is a #1 New Release!

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We are currently a #1 New Release!

Thank you for helping us to change the world one kid (and inner kid) at a time! xx

June 27, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: Practicing With Strong Emotions

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Once Like, Dislike or Indifference has turned into Attachment, Resistance or Indifference, strong emotions naturally follow.

What normally happens is a Resistance to emotion, most times expressed through a story in your Chattering Mind about not wanting that experience and emotion to happen.

This Resistance in the Chattering Mind then creates a whole physiological change in your body, reinforcing your Resistance.

And this physiological change, in turn, continues to reinforce your Chattering Mind’s story making you feel like you are a small, separate self.

When you are unaware, you are caught in this unconscious looping, which only exacerbates your strong emotion.

Inquiring into and really feeling your feelings and emotions from your Open Mind, instead of unconsciously reacting from your Chattering Mind’s story, begins to build the skill of bravely attending to all that you experience.

In bravely attending to your experience you are able to respond wisely to your own emotional life.

You will see that all feelings are valid and are a natural part of this human life.

Practice :: When you notice a strong feeling, begin by first dropping your Inner Attention’s attachment to your Chattering Mind’s story about your emotion.

Then shift your Inner Attention to the experience of feeling the way the feeling moves through your body.

Simply practice feeling your feelings in your body without getting caught in your story about the feelings.

Let your Breath Awareness, Body Awareness and Awareness of Silence be anchors for your Inner Attention in the Present Moment.

When the emotion passes, take note of how your Open Mind and Open Heart are still here.

The emotion moved through and you are even more present and grounded because of your courage to open fully.

Note: Sometimes big emotions are just too big to feel alone. It’s important when you are feeling overwhelmed by emotion to reach out and seek the support of your parent, teacher, a trusted friend or a counselor.

June 5, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: Practicing with Attachment and Resistance

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Seeing your Chattering Mind—how it Attaches continually to pleasure and Resists what it considers challenging—takes a lot of courage.

Sometimes monumental courage.

Because what you are really doing is opening bravely and fully to this always flowing, shifting, mysterious and oftentimes difficult life.

And in doing this, you must bravely open to what follows Like, Dislike and Indifference—all of your Attachment and Resistance and the emotions and sensations that follow.

This means, Brave Adventurer, that you must fully open to what you consider pleasant, as well as unpleasant, without getting lost in either.

Practice :: When you notice that your Chattering Mind is Attaching or Resisting, name the feeling, drop your Inner Attention out of the Chattering Mind’s story and open fully to the feelings in your body.

Opening fully simply means, as much as you are able to in the moment, from your Inner Attention feel the experience of Attachment or Resistance in your body without getting swept into your Chattering Mind’s story about it.

Use your Breath Awareness, Body Awareness and Awareness of Silence as anchors for your Inner Attention.

Anchoring your Inner Attention in this way will help you stay out of the story and in the Present Moment.

Pay attention to how the sensations of Attachment and Resistance arise and eventually pass through you. What is left?

With practice, you’ll notice you were able to bravely open, without unconsciously getting swept out of your Open Mind and Open Heart!