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June 25 2022

Kindful Kids Weekly

Quote of the Week

"The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion." --Thich Nhat Hanh

6 Ways Children Live In The Present Moment

One of the simplest ways to live in the present moment is to be childlike. Children are such wonderful teachers. If we want to remember ourselves, and what life is all about, we just need to observe a child for a few minutes. It won’t be long before we appreciate the joy, simplicity and presence that the child exudes, and perhaps we may even wonder, “How can I be more like her?”

The quality of being able to enjoy life’s simple moments is not far away. In fact, it is our natural state to do so (or should I say, be so!). Children in their innocence and purity are powerful mirrors that show us what is innately within, and what we long to reconnect to—a presence that has never left us. They help us release a familiar spark from within that says, this is who I am, and always have been, deep inside. [...]

Presence is our natural state. Denying our presence is like pushing a beach ball underwater when it is meant to float amongst the waves and in the sunlight. But this is what we do. We have spent a lifetime learning to sublimate our spirit, living in our heads, and disconnected from the NOW. Obsessing about the past and future has become our natural way of living. It has become habit, and the unnatural has become naturalized. What is hard has sadly become the norm, so much so that we have forgotten that the present moment even exists. Read more in this week's featured article on 6 ways in which children live in the present moment and you can as well!

Reading Corner

Title: You Are Here: Discovering The Magic Of The Present Moment
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
Ages: Adult

“Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the connection between personal inner peace and peace on earth.”—His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Be The Change

Observe a young child for a few minutes. What do you notice about his or her attention? How can you cultivate beginner's mind in yourself and practice being fully present?

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