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Just B R E A T H E . . .

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Thich Nhat Hanh has been one of my greatest teachers and an infinite source of loving inspiration. His book “Teachings on Love” changed my life in so many ways and his program for children, “Planting Seeds,” is awe-inspiring! Get them and refer to them often!

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GUARDIANS OF BEING by Eckhart Tolle

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Guardians of Being

This one’s for the kids…AND the adults! Each heartwarming page provokes thought, insight, and smiling reverence for all beings and for each and every moment. That’s right…the now NOW!

This AMAZING and very FUNNY book conveys in the simplest, most accessible way imaginable a message of profound love of nature, of animals, of humans, of all life-forms. It celebrates and reminds us of not only the oneness of all life but also the wonder and joy to be found in the present moment, amid the beauty we sometimes forget to notice all around us…otherwise known as, pure, authentic NAKED TRUTH. Happy reading & enjoy!

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The Secret to Happiness…

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Secret to Happiness

If we practice gratitude as opposed to maintaining an attitude of entitlement, we’ll automatically extend inspiration wherever we go. Being grateful helps remove the influence of our egos, which is certain that we’re better than everyone else. An attitude of gratitude allows us to adopt the radical humility that’s very persuasive in helping others connect with the Spirit that unites us all. Gratitude and humility send signals to all who meet us that we’re all connected to something larger than life itself. – Dr. Wayne Dyer

BUDDHA AT BEDTIME

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I read from these two books at bedtime regularly with my five-year-old and she LOVES them. It has been  magical to watch her spontaneously put into action some of the concepts taught through these beautiful stories. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the naked truth in these pages. I highly recommended them!  

Today’s children face challenges and obstacles far beyond what their parents ever imagined. In Buddha at Bedtime, 20 thoroughly modern retellings of ancient Buddhist tales give parents a fun, low-pressure way to impart wisdom and moral guidance without preaching. Each story highlights a moral or ethical dilemma that echoes those that children face in their own lives, providing insight and enlightenment that they can use to defuse trying situations. At the conclusion of each story, applicable Buddhist principles are discussed. Featuring engaging characters, enthralling adventures, and modern language that speaks to today’s kids, these beautifully illustrated stories can help children relieve stress, attain greater academic and social achievement, and enjoy a more positive outlook on life.

In The Buddha’s Apprentice, master storyteller Dharmachari Nagaraja weaves a thrilling narrative spell while at the same time conveying basic life lessons that will help children to develop their personality, deal with their anxieties, and find peace and confidence as they grow up. The stories explore themes from the Eightfold Path, which is Buddhism’s practical route to a happy life. Topics covered, with the lightest of touches, include speaking in a kind and truthful manner, behaving with compassion, thinking selflessly and avoiding the pitfalls of egotism. Although providing gentle guidance on the art of living well, which is the basis of true happiness, each story is also compelling in its own right, featuring characters, settings and events that every child will find absorbing. Each narrative concludes with an affirmation that helps to draw out its positive message, while the superb, specially commissioned illustrations will delight your child and provide a starting-point for discussion and further enjoyment. The helpful introduction provides insights into the value of Buddhist principles for children and shows how visualisation, imaginative thinking and even first steps in meditation can help to nurture young minds and hearts.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2110825.Buddha_at_Bedtime

MINDFUL EATING Food for Thought

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Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and peace activist, elaborated most notably on the concept of Mindful Eating in 1993, where it appeared as the fifth of his Five Precepts:

Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I vow to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking and consuming. I vow to ingest only items that preserve peace, well-being and joy in my body, in my consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family and society.

http://solidglow.com/2012/02/07/mindful-eating-as-food-for-thought/