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Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2014-08-11 12:30

How “alive” is your classroom?The following is the second of two blogs that explore the connection between nature and kindness through the stories of those who care for young children. more

Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2014-07-28 12:11

Have you played outside today?The following is part one of two blogs that explore the connection between nature and kindness through the stories of those who care for young children. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-07-23 09:13

By Aiden MacIntyre How can we allow businesses and their employees to share in the social responsibility we have to other human beings? If it truly does "take a village to raise a child" what role do individuals and companies have to play? more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-16 14:22

What is the quality "Alert and Engaged"? Children who are alert and engaged are able to manage and direct their own feelings, thoughts and emotions. In general, they are able to be ‘present’ and to demonstrate self control.  Being alert and engaged involves the ability to manage your attention and to hold yourself back, especially when you don’t want to.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-11 14:56

By Matthew ClarkeThe final day of Heart-Mind 2014 began with our opening keynote speaker, Mark Greenberg, leading the auditorium in a mindfulness exercise. It was a simple task, but a powerful one.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-10 14:53

By Matthew ClarkeClosing out Day 2 of Heart-Mind 2014 was a talk by Chief Dr Robert Joseph, a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk Nation, and a leader in the Reconciliation Movement. He is dedicated to bridging the differences brought by intolerance, lack of understanding and racism.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-10 10:00

 “Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility.  In that state of mind you can deal with situations with calmness and reason, while keeping your inner happiness” Dalai Lama more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-09 14:49

By Matthew ClarkeLinda Lantieri, whom we had spent a lot of time with up to this point, leading us through mindfulness and connection exercises at Heart-Mind 2014, gave her talk on Friday afternoon. Linda has been working in the NY education system for over 40 years and is a pioneer in the field of SEL.  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-09 14:44

By Matthew Clarke On day 2 of the conference, the afternoon opened with a presentation by W. Thomas Boyce. His talk was based on studies he has done which he poetically dubbed, “The Orchid Child vs. The Dandelion child.”  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-06-04 14:31

By Matthew ClarkeOne of the highlights at Heart-Mind 2014 was the talk by Felix Warneken. Felix is a German-trained researcher whose work I was very excited to hear about. He is studying the roots of altruism. And most interestingly, he is finding that the prevailing wisdom - that children are innately selfish and must be taught how to be considerate - is wrong. more