Parenting Children for Unconditional Self-Love

An easy exercise that you can do with a journal and crayons, markers, or colored pencils and your child will feel cherished, filled up, and reminded of Who They Really Are. Remembering and embracing Who You Really Are is crucial, it is the main ingredient in having Unconditional Self-Love.

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Chronic Illness, Myositis, and Depression

The following are the comments I gave to a support group about my book, The Marvelous Transformation: Living Well with Autoimmune Disease and how one can use the messages within it to deal with the mild, acute, hopelessness, sadness, and even depression that sometimes results from flares of chronic illnesses like myositis.

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PARENTING AROUND WHAT OTHERS THINK

Conversations with God teaches, “There is no such thing as right and wrong,” no sin or soul’s punishment for anything we do, because we have perfect free will and are all indivisible, yet differentiated parts of the Divine. For many, being one with God means that they choose to personify love and light in the world. Even without fear of punishment, they have decided not to hurt others because “We are all one,” and in hurting another, they know they hurt themselves.  

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Voting- about disability

Over the next few weeks I'm going to explore the issues as presented by the candidates for president through the lens of conscious and spiritual living. Since many of my fans have illness and/or disability in common I thought I'd start with that.

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Why I walked out of a restaurant and why you should too: advocating for safer food through your dollars

I've talked before about how becoming spiritually aware leads one to see things more clearly, both positive and negative, in the world. This dawning of awareness is not always easy to sustain without comment. This extends to the ways businesses conduct themselves, especially after you see how other business are able to handle the same situation. I recently had one such experience.


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The Presumptiveness of Health Privilege in Spirituality

I live a happy, spiritually fulfilled life. I am a spirituality and parenting author and speaker who teaches about gratitude, unconditional love, and open communication. I share ways to raise spiritually open and aware children who will know how to love themselves and others, envisioning themselves as part of the greater whole, all while having a strong sense of their boundaries, desires, and ability to protect themselves from outside manipulation. I believe in the inner goodness of all human beings, I love without reservation, and I send wishes and blessings of peace, harmony, and well-being to every creature I meet. I meditate, connect with the Universal energy that I believe is in all of us, and feel the harmony of all that Is. I also happen to have had an autoimmune disease for over twenty years that limits my energy and my physical activities; but I haven’t let it stop my happiness.

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The Difference between Real Love and Illusionary [l]ove

A poem inspired by an interaction Emily had with her nine year old daughter. In it, she watched her daughter's eyes go dewy over a "romantic" song about pining for an unattainable relationship. Emily hopes to help others shatter the illusion of what we should be searching for in relationships.

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No attachment to results…what does that mean in conscious parenting?

I had the joyous occasion to attend Dr. Shefali’s first annual Evolve: Conscious Parenting Summit last week. It was a wonderful moment --- okay a 3-day long “moment” --- for me to reassess and re-immerse myself in self-awareness. I think we all need that every once in a while, right? Anyway, one of my favorite conscious states is letting go of attachments to results. It is a mantra I have going, constantly, in my head: No attachment to results. I’ve had abundant opportunities to practice this mantra in the past year. It’s presented itself in my health, my finances, my housekeeping, my crafts, my holiday preparations, my writing, and yes, in my parenting!

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Powerful by Empire (ft. Alicia Keys and Jussie Smollett) should be every family's anthem

I wish every child would know, feel and believe the power of the words of this song to their core.

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The three parts of me: body, mind, and soul enjoy a little wake-up call

(How a celebrity body-shaming piece led me to write this article).

In "The Marvelous Transformation: Living Well With Autoimmune Disease," I write about taking back control of our body image even when chronic illness continues to damage it. I ran across one of these body shaming articles this morning, directed at celebrities and the "worst examples" of aging and I got angry.

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My Spirituality and Parenting are Inseparable

For me, spiritual parenting means raising aware children who view themselves as part of the whole of humanity, who recognize that we are all one, and that everything we do affects others. It means being conscious of how our actions as parents affect the inner landscapes of our children. It means helping children be humans who want to better the world, who care about others, have empathy and are kind, and understand that actions have natural consequences both positive and negative.

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My disease is worse than your disease: Why comparing our struggles damages us all

 In conscious living, people work to move away from society’s penchant for competition and towards a more collaborative paradigm. One envisions the world as a place with enough necessities for all and all people being equal…in this model one tends to stop comparing, and striving to be more than, and/or feeling jealousy toward, others. This is the spiritual context in which I live (most days).

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NINETY MINUTES OF HEALING - F.LO.A.T.

It’s too dark! The walls are closing in! I can’t breathe! I can’t sit still! Get me outta here! These are the thoughts I expected to have when I encountered my first F.LO.A.T. last night because I have lived most of my life with claustrophobia.

Instead, I found the warm embrace of perfectly calibrated water, warm and silky to the touch, buoyant (even more than I had imagined), and a feeling of complete safety.

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WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

I just finished watching the 2011 documentary, Happy. It examines the happiness levels of people across many different cultures: from the slums of India, to the bush of Africa, to the beaches of Brazil, to the city streets of industrialized world. Along the way it seems to discover that feeling gratitude, compassion, connection to others, responsibility toward the earth and helping others are some main ingredients to happiness. This film was rich with ideas that can apply to parenting in the new spirituality and I thought I would touch on a couple of them here to open our minds and hearts a little to help our children find their own internal happiness.   

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LIMITLESS LOVE: WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE ONE OR THE OTHER?

Extra! Extra! Read all about it…Love Is All There Is and There Is Enough! Let's see if these two concepts can be combined into: There Is Enough Love For Everyone! Society teaches competition at every level, including love. Children are even taught, through concepts like sibling rivalry, that parental love is limited, will be rationed, and is something for which to be fought.     

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WHO IS THIS SANTA GUY, ANYWAY?

Around this time of year the old "naughty and nice" list and the "Elf on the Shelf" get pulled out. Parents, at their wits' end the other eleven months of the year, rely on Santa's powers of persuasion to gain a few weeks of peace.  Have you ever questioned if Santa is being used as a human substitute for a judgmental God, as the arbiter of "right and wrong" on Earth?  Do you ever wonder why parents buy in wholeheartedly? Since the New Spirituality frees us from judgment by God, does this utilization of Santa as a mechanism of control continue to work to help our children attain their highest selves?    

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