Three Minutes of Silence

When the students entered the classroom, they were chatty, pushing each other and ran around  for a while. We could feel that they were not ready to learn yet. They were very excitable. What should we do?

An easy way to draw back their attention is to practice three minutes of mindful breathing. If the students are younger than 10 years old, one minute maybe good enough. While practicing mindful breathing, the children can sit upright with eyes closed so that they won’t feel drowsy. They can observe the rising and falling of the tummy or put their attention on their noses. After three minutes of mindful breathing, especially in the last period, students felt more energized and refreshed. 

  
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A Force for Good – Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama is one of the spiritual leaders that I respect the most.  He remains compassionate despite of all of the torture inflicted by the Communist Party on the Tibetan people.  His book called A force for good, reminds us about the basic principles of humanity.  We always consume mindlessly without thinking how our decisions impact the world.  We creates violence in the mind and act it out on each other.  The outcome of this chaotic world now is the consequence of our mindless collective awareness. But he reminded us that there is hope if every individual makes the decision to become a force for good.  Our minds are connected and one enlightened mind can bring light to the others.

Check out his book and his website as shown below.

http://www.joinaforce4good.org/

 

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The Trapped Mind

When I was in Italy, I got an interesting question from the owner of the B&B. He asked, “When are we truly free?”

When I recalled the past, I have never been truly free from suffering. Certainly, there were quite a lot of happy moments. But I always felt kind of trapped by the conditions in my life. I am always unsatisfied about something and wish something will be different. I was never completely happy.

Today it suddenly dawned on me that I wasn’t trapped by my life conditions. I was trapped by the desire to have something more or less than the present. If I fully accept the conditions that I have right here and now, I am truly free and happy. I was trapped by the desire of the mind rather than the outside conditions. Unconditional self-love exists in the complete acceptance of the present.  

 
Reference of picture: foryourmiddleground.com

The Best Kind of Love for our Children

One of my wise friends said the love needed by our children is from different aspects. Parents can never provide enough love for our children. This advice is very true. 

In order for our children to grow happily, they need the love from parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, and friends. Later, they need the love from their lovers, spouse, colleagues, bosses, etc. The more people love them, the richer their lives will be. As parents, we should accept and appreciate all of the people who genuinely love our children. Parents cannot replace the love from any of these people. So we have to learn to work with them as partners to help bringing up our kids happily. 

Happy Thai Children’s Day everyone!

  

The Depth of a Woman

The emotions of a woman run deep. We women develop our depth through experiencing all of our emotions fully. We are better at tolerating pain and that’s why we are moms. It is hard for a man to understand the process that women evolve.

A woman may appear as too sensitive or emotional. But this is what a feminine woman does. A real woman accepts and experience every emotion so that she can connect with other women. Women share her experiences in emotions with other fellow women so that they can nevigate life with grace and strength. This is how we accumulate wisdom.

When a woman expresses her emotions openly and gracefully without apologizing, she becomes irresistible to everyone around her. Emotion is the source of creativity and power for women. Embrace your emotions and develop self compassion, my fellow women. When you value your emotions, men will start to understand and value them as well.

Little kids

I feel so lucky to spend time with children every day as a mom and as an elementary school teacher. Young kids are amazing. They are so present, so pure, and so genuine all the time. They don’t judge. They see things as they are. They see the best in people all the time. They have a gentle heart and they are so open to love all of the living things in nature. They remind me of the good nature that everyone has. 

My children, thanks for teaching me so much every day 🙂 

   
 

From Anger to Freedom

The journey from anger to freedom in our heart is very long. Sometimes people get stuck in the middle and never reach the final destination. 

Whenever we cannot get what we want, we get threatened, or we lose something important, we become disappointed and angry. Some people will express anger every time they feel it. But many of us try our best to suppress it until it reaches a breaking point.

When our anger gets triggered, we exploded. Sometimes the victim of our explosion is clueless about what exactly we are mad about. The root of the anger is usually a need that has not been met. So after our emotional outburst, we feel guilty and we try to suppress the anger again by putting up walls around us.

Over time, this suppression may turn into depression. We grief for the loss of what we desire or the need that seems can’t be met. Some people get stuck at this point if they still have the hope that happiness may one day be brought to them by the others.

But some people who realize that they have suffered enough from longing and pain, they become awakened from the grief. They stop waiting for the people and conditions around them to change. They decide to be happy and love no matter what life brings to them. They accept life as it is, but refuse to be defeated by life. 

These are the things that I have learned from my most resilient friends. 

  

That Little Girl Within Us

Every woman I kmow has a little girl inside them regardless of their age. That little girl is the feminine self, the warm and dreamy feeling that we have experienced when our boyfriend look at us with adoration. 

Don’t let that little girl go no matter what. Don’t destroy her when you get busy, want to get things done, feel disappointed, or feel hopeless. That little girl is the asset of women, the soft, gentle, open and fun part of the feminine self. 

That little girl is actually not sustained by the other people. We can keep her alive by doing something girly and fun every day, like putting on make up, dressing up, cooking, dancing, doing yoga, etc. It is just like the guys playing sports to feel masculine. 

Let’s feel, embrace and be feminine every day, my ladies. 🙂

  
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