Raising a Mindful Family by Modeling it

Raising a Mindful Family by Modeling it

One way to build a more compassionate and conscious family is through mindfulness. Mindfulness is the simple technique of paying attention to the present moment in a nonjudgemental way. Once we calm the thoughts in our head, we are able to tap into a part of ourselves that we lose sight of in our day-to-day busyness and schedules. That part of us that is truth, kindness, creativity, peace, and love. Enabling connect within and with others in a meaningful, positive way and even decrease anxiety and increase our happiness. Mindfulness is available to all…continue reading →
Finding joy in the little things – remembering gratitude is the gateway to joy

Finding joy in the little things – remembering gratitude is the gateway to joy

It's often in the little ordinary things, the everyday, where we find the joy. Sometimes we get so caught up in the big things. That we lose sight of all the little things that lead up to the big event. Thanksgiving dinner is a great reminder of this. Sitting down to the table and eating the big dinner is wonderful. But it was the little conversations, the flurry of activity in the kitchen leading up, the laughter, the connectedness, that we create the stories that fill us up. That bring meaning. We just…continue reading →
Happier, healthier, more purpose-filled Life? Try Mindfulness

Happier, healthier, more purpose-filled Life? Try Mindfulness

Mindfulness helps us strengthen our attention skills so we bring more awareness to the thoughts and beliefs in our mind that fuel our reactions and behavior. Once you know how to harness and focus your attention—you can get out of your head and into this moment. You awaken your innate ability for happiness, no matter what life throws your way. Mindfulness strengthens our Three Attention Skills Concentration power: Ability to focus our attention on what we choose in any given time.  Sensory clarity: Ability to track and explore your sensory experience in real time. Detecting…continue reading →
Free Mindfulness Workshop at HeartGarden in Oak Park

Free Mindfulness Workshop at HeartGarden in Oak Park

Want to stay focused on what matters most? Be centered through the ups and downs?  Seeking a happier, healthier, more purpose-filled Life? Mindfulness is one way to achieve these things— it's a set of attention skills that you can learn and grow and integrate into your day. It’s like a gym for your mind, and it can radically transform your life—leading to better health, more connected relationships, greater productivity, performance, purpose, and creativity. Join us as we learn about mindfulness in a simple, friendly way: The science behind it How to develop your…continue reading →
Zen Parenting – 14 tools for more cooperation and less overwhelm in parenting

Zen Parenting – 14 tools for more cooperation and less overwhelm in parenting

It’s when our children aren’t cooperating and we’re experiencing stress in our lives that we need to practice mindful, conscious parenting more than ever. Yet, it's during these overwhelming times that we lose our Zen self.  Whatever you want to call it—being calm, centered, mindful, or zen—requires daily attention, just like anything good does. Cathy Cassani Adams and Todd Adams, the hosts of the Zen Parenting Radio, define Zen parenting as: “As a Zen Parent you learn to trust your instincts, focus on what is working, and find a healthy life balance. You make it…continue reading →
Being Positive – Accepting that whatever is happening now is the best for this moment

Being Positive – Accepting that whatever is happening now is the best for this moment

We were at a crowded indoor play space, where many of us find ourselves during the cold and rainy months. I was complaining about the crowds, how far away we had to park, how chaotic it seemed. Then I realized something… my kids weren’t complaining at all. They didn't even seem to notice these negatives that were consuming me.   I paused and changed the way I felt about the experience in front if me. By accepting what is, we can let go of our expectations about how we wanted it to be or…continue reading →
How to Sustain Your Child’s Natural Mindfulness

How to Sustain Your Child’s Natural Mindfulness

How do we create a more compassionate world for our children? We can start by practicing mindfulness and compassion in our own homes and relationships. Our children learn most by what we model in the everyday moments that make up our days. As we’re eating breakfast, driving to activities, and connecting or disconnecting. It’s not so much what we say. It’s the tone of our voice, the look on our face, the way we tune in or out. It’s how we choose to fill our day. Our children learn values at home that…continue reading →
Peaceful Mama Workshop: A calming evening of self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion

Peaceful Mama Workshop: A calming evening of self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion

Join us for the Peaceful Mamas workshop where we reflect on the mama we want to be, know we can be, but don't always have the tools and time to actually be. To be at peace in our parenting, we need to feel at peace within ourselves. We'll learn about self-compassion to accept ourselves where we are now and mindfulness and positivity to move us along with more intention. In the day-to-day busyness and demands, we can lose ourselves. As we reconnect inside, we tap into our own inner knowledge that is there to guide…continue reading →
Conscious parenting, having compassion for ourselves and others, and being in this moment – EDEM ep. 28 with Sheryl Stoller

Conscious parenting, having compassion for ourselves and others, and being in this moment – EDEM ep. 28 with Sheryl Stoller

Could taking care of ourselves be the greatest gift we give our children? What does it mean “be in the moment” and how can we “be present” when we’re pulled in so many different directions? Meet Sheryl Stoller, a mother of three grown children and certified parent coach, who draws from personal and professional experience to guide parents on their unique family journey. She shares her story of reaching a crisis point with her family. She managed to get through by literally taking it one second at a time. That meant recognizing when concerns…continue reading →
Awareness: The first step to more conscious parenting

Awareness: The first step to more conscious parenting

Dr. Shefali, author of The Conscious Parent and the Awakened Family has a 7day conscious Parenting Challenge. Below is my reflection on the first day of her challenge, which is Awareness. As I pay attention to my own level of awareness, I can see how easy it is trail into a state of not being 'unaware.' I can also see that I am the only one who can control whether I am aware or not. Conscious parenting is focused on changing what we can control - only ourselves. It's easy to blame our…continue reading →
Becoming more conscious of our time and choices, and creating balance and fulfillment as a whole person – EDEM ep. 27 with Karli Kujawa Smith

Becoming more conscious of our time and choices, and creating balance and fulfillment as a whole person – EDEM ep. 27 with Karli Kujawa Smith

In the busyness of our days, we can sometimes feel like life is just happening to us but really we are shaping our lives by the choices we make everyday. When we focus on awareness, we can be more conscious of the choices we are making and start creating a life that is our own that we can feel content about at the end of our busy day. Meet Karli, a mom of two boys, who has found that even though life is busier with children, it’s much more colorful. She is a designer…continue reading →
Miracle Morning for Parents and Families, Morning routine, and Positive home environment – EDEM ep. 21 with Lindsay McCarthy

Miracle Morning for Parents and Families, Morning routine, and Positive home environment – EDEM ep. 21 with Lindsay McCarthy

Imagine a new routine with your family each morning. It’s not rushed or chaotic. You wake up a little earlier than you have to and do some simple, proven practices to improve everyone’s mindset A shift takes place when we devote time for ourself at the start of the day—we start to feel more confidence, compassion, and gratitude. This is a glimpse into Miracle Morning for Parents & Families, a new book coming out September 12. Meet Lindsay McCarthy, mother of two and co-author of the book, with her husband Mike McCarthy and…continue reading →
Health, wealth, love, happiness and letting our children be our greatest teachers – EDEM ep. 20 with Natalie Sager

Health, wealth, love, happiness and letting our children be our greatest teachers – EDEM ep. 20 with Natalie Sager

Health, wealth (abundance), love, and happiness. We want and deserve all of these things. We actually are all of these things at our core. We just have to dig down inside to heal ourself and let it emerge. It starts with our own health and well-being. We have to first feel healthy within our self to feel and appreciate all the abundance around us. It's an inside-out job. Meet Natalie Sager, a mother of two boys, and holistic health coach whose mission is helping mothers get control of their health and feel abundance in…continue reading →
Letting go of unrealistic expectations is the most perfect thing we can do in parenting

Letting go of unrealistic expectations is the most perfect thing we can do in parenting

You know that feeling inside when you’ve reached your limit? You just want to give up. But you don’t because your children are looking up at you in that moment and they need you. Need you to make dinner or change their diaper or give them a hug or a ride to swimming practice. Some of the overwhelm we feel comes from unrealistic expectations that we have set. Trying to do too much. Measuring or comparing ourselves instead of just accepting. Striving for an outward perfection that only exists in our heads and isn’t…continue reading →
Renewed focus on mindful parenting and living – EDEM 6 with Diana Shea

Renewed focus on mindful parenting and living – EDEM 6 with Diana Shea

Hear how a mother of two who is passionate about wellness, cooking, and yoga reinvents herself with a new career and renewed focus on mindful parenting and living. Have you found that parenting is not so much about teaching our children but our children teaching us? How do we really connect with our children? Is it about mindfully showing up as our true authentic selves and accepting the same from them? Realizing that we’re here to love and learn and grow from each other? Meet Diana Shea. Diana is the mom of two, director of…continue reading →