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Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-21 14:11

By Matthew ClarkeHeart-Mind 2014: The Science of Kindness. I was already looking forward to returning to this year’s conference, as I had attended the 2013 version and loved it. But the theme of this year’s event grabbed my interest especially. There was a wonderful juxtaposition to it. Kindness is not something I immediately think of as a scientific concept. It’s something that feels better left to art or philosophy and much less at home in a laboratory. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-16 12:23

What is the quality “Gets Along with Others”? When children get along with others they demonstrate the ability to form positive and healthy relationships with peers and adults.  As they interact and play with others, children learn the skills (such as managing their emotions) needed to develop and maintain successful relationships. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2014-05-14 10:59

This year’s Heart-Mind 2014 conference attendees definitely connected with the importance of Heart-Mind Learning (Social and Emotional Learning) conveying that it is more than just a teachable concept or theory, but a movement. @tjvbeaton tweeted, “...Most powerful conference of my year once again #HeartMind2014”. more

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