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Resolution: Bringing What Matters into Focus

Resolution: Bringing What Matters into Focus

By Jim Gillen My first yoga class of the year is always a big one – as many as 50 people squeezing into a small space, each wanting to start off the new year right. Usually, I ask my students about their “resolutions.” This year, I asked a different question:...

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Seeing Our Strengths, Transforming Childhood Trauma

Seeing Our Strengths, Transforming Childhood Trauma

When you’re in pain, support is essential. So is releasing sorrow and anger. But we can get trapped in these emotions, too – ruminate and recreate them in our lives, over and over and again. One way I know that the kids I counsel are getting healthier emotionally is...

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Cultivating More Positive Emotions

Cultivating More Positive Emotions

When I worked as a counselor in a behavior classroom I would meet with the students every morning. Often the students would often come in with sad or frightening things on their mind. It was difficult for them to focus on school when their minds and bodies were full...

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Investing in Your Emotional Bank Account

Investing in Your Emotional Bank Account

The run-up to Thanksgiving can be a frantic, stressful time – preparing for guests or preparing to travel, trying to get everything done that needs doing. But once the holiday comes, it’s a welcome opportunity to relax for a few days, connect with family and friends,...

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The Gift of Reading Aloud to Your Kids

The Gift of Reading Aloud to Your Kids

Storytelling, as we saw a couple weeks back, can fire the imagination and open up new worlds to children. It does this whether you make up stories on the fly, as you might with a guided relaxation, or simply read to children from books. It’s the exchange between...

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How to Bring Yoga & Mindfulness to Your Classroom

How to Bring Yoga & Mindfulness to Your Classroom

Bringing Mindfulness to the K-5 Classroom “Imagine that your mind is a television,” I told the small group of students I was visiting at the rural Oregon school where I worked as a counselor. “And you have a remote.” I then asked them to change to a sad channel and...

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