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My Daughter, Anne-Marie, And Peace

Oct 04, 2013, 10 smiles This past Monday morning, while getting the kids ready for school, my nine-year-old daughter (Anha) looked at me and remarked that I looked tired. In my morning haste, I never made eye contact with her, but a few minutes later she asks me, "What would you want to have right now?" to which I responded, "Peace". As I stepped out of the front door, Anha whipped out a ceramic peace ornament and commented, 'Consider it an early birthday gift, Mumma!' I later learned that this ornament belonged to Anne-Marie and somehow changed hands over the Awakin NJ retreat. I believe the ornament is hand made, and I felt incredibly floored how the love continues to ripple, from one hand to another. Feeling so honored to be in Anne-Marie's company, to see her featured on today's DailyGood, and to have spent time with her beautiful energy! It takes so many small snippets to weave together a story of love.

Shining Stars! Forest Call On Compassion And Kids

Feb 24, 2012, 6 comments As with all Forest Calls of the past, last Saturday's call moderated by Trishna and Amit elevated the level of hope and re-affirmed the fundamentals needed to raise emotionally healthy and compassionate children. The topic of how to integrate service into children's lives was addressed with the ubiquitous thought of first being mindful ourselves, and then shadowing/recognizing efforts of children who show the core values of being kind, tender, caring, and loving afterwards.   It was apparent from within the first half hour of reflection and introductory thoughts, that the space for teaching anything to anybody is first created if we as adults learn to “listen” first. Birju poignantly described that during a recent meditation sit in NYC he was able to better understand the context of listening vs. talking during a circle of sharing where one of the guests speaking actually paused for a response from another guest upon seeing him gently release a long exhale. If we ... Read Full Story