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

March 21, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: The Spaciousness of Silence

Your Chattering Mind is a loud and active place most days. And the more your Chattering Mind is stimulated by television, computers, smart phones, video games and music, the louder and more solid-feeling your Chattering Mind becomes. Underneath all the … Continue reading

March 14, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: Bravely Opening

From your Open Mind, noticing the moments of Like, Dislike and Indifference creates a space to clearly see how your Attachment and Resistance create emotions and how, when lost in the Chattering Mind, this leads to feeling like a small, … Continue reading

March 7, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: Indifference, Checking Out and Emotions

Similiar to Like and Attachment and Dislike and Resistance, when you are Indifferent to Life as it moves through you, you tend to Check Out and disconnect from the moment, living mainly in your Chattering Mind. If you pay attention … Continue reading

February 29, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: Dislike, Resistance and Emotions

Emotions and the physical changes they create come when you Dislike something as well. Normally, when you Dislike something and you are functioning unconsciously from your small, habitual Chattering Mind, the tendency is to Resist. Imagine summer has just begun … Continue reading

February 22, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: What Does It Mean To Be Present?

When you are present you are connected to the qualities of the moment, like openness and aliveness. When you are present, you can see clearly what is happening before you and make the most intelligent choice in that moment. When … Continue reading

February 8, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: Mindfully Working With Your Mind, Brain & Nervous System

The good news is that you can mindfully work with your own mind, brain and nervous system. When your Chattering Mind is unconsciously grasping, an ongoing loop is created with the physical responses in your body. They begin to feed one another, looping continuously, and … Continue reading

February 5, 2016
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Keep It Simple, Adventurous Ones :: Deepen Your Breath

When in doubt, Adventurous Ones, Deepen Your Breath.

February 1, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: Mindfully Working With Like And Attachment

However, when what you Like is met from your present Open Mind the feelings that naturally follow are joy, kindness and generosity. Imagine being present and open when your sister explains that your favorite outfit would help her breeze through … Continue reading

January 25, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: Like, Attachment and Emotions Part II

Emotions and thoughts such as greed and fear also change the chemistry of your body by turning on the stress response. When the stress response is activated, your brain quickly sends signals down your spinal cord, through your nerves and … Continue reading

January 18, 2016
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Mindful Monday :: Like, Attachment and Emotions

When you Like something—a thought, a person or an experience—and you are functioning from your Chattering Mind, you Attach or cling to that experience. Imagine your favorite outfit. You love how it fits, looks and feels. You wear that outfit … Continue reading