Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Rebuilding of an Elementary School

This is the video of the rebuilding of my grandson's elementary school thanks to NBC's School Pride. It is totally amazing how the people of Tennessee came together in this crisis. This is how we are to love one another.




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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Should All Kids Go to College?

One of the stories in The Sid Series, "You Can Be," is about making decisions regarding one's mission and purpose in life. I believe that kids should be allowed to follow their inner guidance and learn to use their intuition as a tool.

“My child will be going to college. He will not have a choice in the matter.”

“My daughter will attend college if I have to walk her to the door of her classes myself.”

I have heard these statements and many others like them from my friends and other random parents I encounter every day. I would like to offer a different message to my children, and it is as follows: YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO COLLEGE! Read more of Sarah Moore's thoughts on allowing kids to decide their own destiny and career.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Powerful Potion

Has your child ever shown signs of having healing or psychic abilities? "A Powerful Potion ~ The Power of Imagination" is based on a true story of a boy who used his child-like faith and intention to heal his hurt dog. Find out how in the video below.



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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mini-Tations: Two-Three Minute Meditations for Mothers

Today's article is by guest blogger Melissa Leath. I chose it because she obviously knows how busy life can be when you have young children and she also helps parents find a way to carve out some time for the important practice of meditation. One of the stories in my children's book, The Sid Series, is about teaching children to meditate. The story is available as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle and other electronic devises on SmashWords.com.

Here's a word from Melissa.

"I don't have time to catch my breath, let alone sit for 15 minutes and meditate." This is a phrase I hear all too often, while lecturing new mothers on beginning meditation.

Some may think I have my work cut out for myself when recognizing that most new mothers are running in so many circles that they become frustrated and possibly a little unreasonable. But reasoning with them is not something I expect to do. All I have to do is present the facts, and add some interesting 2-3 minute 'mini-tations.'

Mini-Tations are quick ways of having a quite moment, lasting only two or three minutes.

As I begin to describe what meditation is, in a no-frills manner, mothers begin to sit up and take notice. The main purpose of meditation is to eliminate outside thoughts or distractions, in order to still the mind. New mothers are prime candidates for needing to eliminate distractions. It is very important that they stay focused and aware every minute.

Not only do they need to be totally immersed in paying attention to baby's every need, but details of the rest of life need attention as well. The dirty clothes must be washed, the carpet must be vacuumed, the groceries must be bought, the phone must be answered, dinner cooked, and on and on and on...(somewhere in there comes the attention for a husband, too).

It would seem that taking care of baby would be a fulltime position. But somewhere along the way, the rest of the chores must be attended to. Even though there is no time to be selfish, taking care of self is of paramount importance.

Many new mothers are also trying to work outside the home at least part time if not back to the full rat race. So when I offer them the chance to take a well deserved two minute respite-- that seems to fit into the scheme of things.

Research has been done by various organizations, such as West Oakland Health Center in California, and the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts. It has been found that meditation not only reduces blood pressure and heart rate, but reduces stress and tension. It reduces anxiety, builds self-confidence and allows you to sleep more soundly.

Your mind relaxes to the point that it can deal with problems that arise during the day. A sense of peacefulness comes over you and you are able to make better choices with less up-tight feelings.

New mothers can't afford to not do this!

This is the list of several Mini-Tations they can do at any time during the day:

1. Focus on your toes. Yes! Your toes. Notice if your shoes are too tight. If so, take them off. Wiggle your toes. Pay attention to how free they feel out of the shoes. Take the bottle of baby powder and sprinkle it on your toes. Feel how smooth they are with the powder on them. Promise to free them a little later as you slip your shoes on again.

2. Sit comfortably for two minutes. Make sure the television is off. Listen to the sounds around you: the furnace/air conditioner running, the tick of the clock, a breeze blowing in the window, the birds singing, the traffic sounds down the street.

3. Smell the new baby smells: fresh bedding, baby oil, dirty diaper pail.

4. Softly, slowly sing a lullaby to your baby.

5. Rock your baby to sleep.

Once they started to get the idea that they could take their life experiences, include their baby and just focus on the experience, they were raring to get started with their new, stress reducing Mini-Tations.

Rev. Melissa Leath has been a spiritual mentor and teacher for 30 years, and is author of Meditation, Plain and Simple Workbook. She shares topics of self-empowerment such as meditation, intuition, spiritual path. Please find out more by going her website: http://www.123SpiritualGrowth.com , or http://www.MeditationWarehouse.com . Also, for a downloadable meditation e-book, check out: http://www.MeditationMadeEasy.com .

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Melissa_Leath 

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Fairy Houses

I visited with my step-granddaughter this past week and enjoyed playing fairies with her. She made the cutest fairy house from a cardboard box and used her Pet Shop furniture to create a cozy place that any elemental would enjoy. I thought I would share with you the photos we took.


Knowing that fairies tend to trees and flowers and anything that lives, she wanted to put the fairy house in her favorite tree, the willow she loves to climb, but it kept falling and there was no room for her exquisite landscaping! But the back porch steps worked fine. Such imagination and creativity that child has!



She even dressed me with a fairy halo that she made from the branches of a willow tree. She wasn't too keen on my wearing it to the ice cream shop, but that didn't keep her from being seen with me. LOL!

There's nothing quite like being a grandparent! I wish she lived closer so we could spend more time together.



There is a story about fairies and meditation in my book, The Sid Series. I hope you will check it out. http://tinyurl.com/AmazonSidSeries

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gnomes and Electronic Equipment

My granddaughter was the one who taught me to believe in fairies. I thought they were just a myth. I was a skeptic like most people, but then I read a book that changed everything: A Gnome's Story by Christopher Valentine and Christian von Lahr. I learned that not only fairies live in a higher dimension than what most humans can see or hear, but also do elves, gnomes, leprechauns, and other elemental beings. Like working with angels (most of us can't see or hear them either) I've learned to work with the elemental kingdom and they truly bless my life.

My granddaughter had a good relationship with the elementals in her previous home, but ever since the family moved to a new house, they have had trouble with electronic stuff. Trying to get cable service in the area proved to be an enormous task, but once they secured a provider, they found that the cable to the house wasn't working. They no sooner got that fixed than a storm hit the line and it had to be repaired again. Two weeks ago her brand new computer got a virus and had to have the entire operating system restored. The Internet cable was out for four days last week. I realized by intuition what was going on and gave her the following advice. In case you need to know about this sweet and fun way to keep your electronics operating properly, I'll share it here. Your kids might enjoy doing this practice with you.

First, make friends with the elementals on your property. These light beings stay with their “territory” because they have been commissioned to care for the energy in that place, but like us, they also make travel and visit their friends from time to time.

The elementals at the new house may see you as intruding upon their space since that house was vacant for a while before you moved in. Set a dish of honey, wine, or beer out on your back porch and some cake, cookies, or bread. Then put a few pennies (they love the energy of copper) next to it. Place some flowers and/or sprinkle some herbs from your spice shelf or a tea bag around the dish.

Call the fairies, elves, and gnomes (silently like you would pray or aloud like you would call a puppy) and introduce yourself like you would to any neighbor. Tell them know your name and that you respect their right to be here and that you appreciate them caring for the property. Let them know that you would like to live there with them in peace and harmony.

The gnomes love having something to do and they are very handy at fixing things, so ask them to help in keeping your electronic equipment and cable line operating properly. Whenever you think of it, put a little something nice outside for them.


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