Changing Directions

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Changing Directions Each Monday morning, the elementary and middle school classes gather together for Inner Joy Circle. It is an experiential gathering that helps build school community and aims to give the children a deeper experience of themselves. The planning is done in the flow learning style and takes into account what is happening in the natural world as well …

Raising Consciousness with Affirmations

Education for Life, Energy, Evenmindedness, Experiential learning, Focused Attention, Teaching Spiritual Principles

Raising Consciousness with Affirmations One of our older students came to me expressing frustration about a difficult situation. Knowing this student and her learning process well, I suggested a positive affirmation. “How about, I am healthy, happy and whole?” “What’s whole?” she asked with a puzzled look. “It sounds like I’m a piece of pie or something”, she added. I …

Art as a Practice in Non-attachment

Art, Evenmindedness, Holidays 4 Comments

Art as a Practice in Non-attachment   Cultures throughout the world, from Tibetan Buddhists to traditional European cultures to Native American cultures, have created temporary pieces of art. The art serves its purpose for a brief time and then is swept away by the ocean, or by the wind, or by a broom. The effort in creating these beautiful pieces …

Evenmindedness and Play

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Evenmindedness and Play Helen Gorman is the kindergarten/preschool teacher here at Living Wisdom School in Portland. She is one of the founding teachers of the school and uses a wealth of activities with her students that integrate mind, body and heart. One of her activities that teaches children even-mindedness and non-attachment is the sandtray activity.  There are small trays that …

Even-minded Teaching

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Even-minded Teaching This entry was written by Eef Gauri Kerremans, who has taught for many years at the Living Wisdom School in Assisi, Italy. She talks about using the practice of non-attachment and even-mindedness as a teacher. Two years ago, I had a 5 year old boy in my preschool class. His energy was very competitive – he always wanted to …

Water Off a Duck’s Back

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Water Off a Duck’s Back Toby Nirani Moorhouse, the first grade teacher at Ananda Village Living Wisdom School in the Sierra Mountains of California has a classroom routine that allows students to consciously practice non-attachment. This activity is great for younger elementary students, because it brings in the whole class to celebrate and support the practice of non-attachment. She calls …

Equanimity, Even-mindedness, and Non-attachment

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Equanimity, Even-Mindedness, and Non-attachment   This is one of the greatest spiritual skills to learn, and one of the most difficult. It is the key to surfing life’s waves with ease and one of thesurest ways to achieve joy. When I first taught this at a Buddhist kids camp (the Buddhists call it Equanimity and it is one of the …