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Raising Hope-Full Children

Susan Stiffelman by Susan Stiffelman | May 18th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: being present, children, confidence, confident, dad, families, family, HOPE, hopeful, mom, mother, optimistic, parent, parenting, Parenting Without Power Struggles, preteen, self confidence

Hopeful children

The first title I imagined for the parenting book I would someday write was Please Don’t Let the Light in Your Child’s Eyes Grow Dim. I had run into a 12-year-old girl whom I’d known at the age of four, when she was one of the brightest, most vibrant kids I had ever met. When I saw her at 12, I hardly recognized her. She was slumped into herself, subdued, and her light was … dim.

As I began writing, I was determined to articulate what I had come to understand about how to help children manifest their gifts and head into adulthood with joy and passion.

Vandana Shiva: Hope’s Hero

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | May 3rd, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: activism, activist, brain plasticity, change, corporate greed, Deepak Chopra, ecologist, environmentalist, farmer suicides in India, hero, HOPE, India, James Hanson, optimism, optimistic, organic cotton farmer, physicist, quantum physics, science, seed banks, seed patents, Tar Sands, Vandana Shiva

Vandana ShivaVandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, and activist. Despite her deep awareness of the world’s environmental and social justice crises, she is filled with hope.

Hope, in this age of cynicism masquerading as science, is a scarce resource. We often treat it poorly — as if hope is the hallmark of New Age lunatics or wide-eyed children. As if it’s naïve. Passive. A longing … without any intention of rolling up its sleeves.

It’s particularly tough to be an optimistic environmentalist with such a steady accumulation of bad news: birds dropping from the sky from starvation because wetlands that served as avian drive-thrus during migration have been replaced with houses; renowned climate scientist James Hanson’s prediction of “game over” if the Tar Sands are developed; oil spills; nuclear meltdowns …

Shiva knows all this. Yet she’s hopeful.

With a world increasingly under environmental threat and corporations and lobbyists that peddle misinformation, hope isn’t a luxury. It’s all we have.

It’s Time to Take a Bow!

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | December 29th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: affirmation, asana, back-pain, block, blood pressure, brick, cell phone, circulation, congratulation, economy, forward fold, gratitude, Jill Miller, job security, neck pain, negativity, new year, optimistic, resolutions, strap, stress, take a bow, trapezius pain, water bottle, yoga pose, Yoga Tune Up

Take a Bow yoga pose

2010 has been a tough year for many. People are working harder than ever (if they are lucky enough to have a job) with less pay, fewer benefits and uncertainty about their job security. It has truly been a stressful grind for our minds, bodies and spirits.