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Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-11 20:01

BY MELODY SCHALMThe one that grows is the one you feed.These words from spoken word artist Shane Koyczan’s Instructions for a Bad Day – beautifully performed by Richmond dance group Heart Mind Body Collective at Thursday evening’s opening to the Heart-Mind 2014 conference – became, to me, a poignant unifying theme of our few days together. In his poem Shane speaks of love and hate, but the words apply to all aspects of our common humanity.   more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-04-22 09:20

By Melody Schalm The other morning I was reminded of just how important our work teaching kindness and ‘social and emotional learning’ really is. It was a regular school morning and, despite my recent resolution to be mindful every moment of every day, I was in fact being unmindful.   We had all slept in, and there were the usual breakfasts to prepare, lunches to pack, seemingly dozens of school forms to complete, cheques to fill out and stress about, and urgent e-mails to return, all before the 8:45 a.m. school start.   more

Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2014-04-15 11:14

After an ambitious six-month timeline, the Heart-Mind Index (HMI) Pilot Project has reached the end of the pilot phase. It is, however, just the beginning of a bigger process of acting on what we have learned. During the pilot phase, we shared research and data on the Heart-Mind well-being of children in six communities.  We then tracked how this information impacted  and influenced decision making and actions at a local level.Could the Heart-Mind Index: more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-03-24 12:39

By Maureen PalmerParents of a generation not so long ago remember the relief experienced with the discovery of vaccines, especially for illnesses like polio.  For a small price per child, we are now able to administer injections that protect children from the ravages of such illness. Most parents and governments simply accept the fact vaccines save lives, because we have decades of proof. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-03-17 12:40

By Keli Anderson "Don't you think there should be a day in our country for child and youth mental health" is what myself and another mom were discussing over a cup of coffee in the summer of 2006.  In that moment we decided that we would create that day and we got our calendars out of our purses. more

Posted by Morgan Yates on 2014-03-12 10:17

It’s nice when your child makes a beautiful picture at preschool…. even nicer when their picture is better, nicer or more creative than another child’s picture, but creativity doesn’t really matter long-term, right?  more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-03-04 10:04

By Melody SchalmThis past Fall our family, quite by accident, stumbled across one of the most effective ‘calm down’ tools we had ever encountered. more

Posted by James Floman on 2014-02-19 10:28

Were you popular and well-liked in high school? How important were others’ perceptions of you during your teenage years? No matter how long ago it was, it can be hard to forget the social hierarchies that emerged in high school or the sway they held over day-to-day life. Before delving headlong into high school flashbacks, however, think back even further. Do you remember whether being popular and likeable was important in elementary school or even earlier? more

Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2014-02-11 12:36

“When my child doesn’t manage her emotions…that stresses me out! Then I want to fix it but I also want my child to learn skills to handle situations herself.  What do I do?”  Parent more

Posted by Morgan Yates on 2014-02-03 11:43

On a recent trip to Mexico I was struck by the by the way everyone smiles, makes eye contact and says ‘hello’ when they walk by.  In this day when the vast majority of people I pass in my neighborhood are plugged into ear phones or on the phone, I realized that I have stopped bothering to say hello to people I pass, and, as a result, I have stopped making eye contact with them.   more