Preview - The Conscious Parent

Dalai Lama Center

Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children

with Dr.Shefali Tsabary on Feb 28

Dr. Shefali Tsabary is an author, clinical psychologist and TedX speaking alumna, who uses a combination of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology to help parents and educators probe a very specific question, “How can we strengthen the connections between parents and children?” The Dalai Lama Center spoke with Dr. Tsabary  ahead of next week's event.

DLC: Can you describe Conscious Parenting ? Why do you feel this is an important concept for parents to embrace?

Shefali Tsabary: This philosophy turns the spotlight away from “fixing” the child to the awareness that all solutions - and problems - manifest within the parent. The child is never the problem; it’s always the parent’s inability to meet the child’s needs that is. 

DLC: We are all children to someone. Does conscious parenting apply to parents of grown children too?

Shefali Tsabary: Every parent needs to exercise mindfulness in the present moment, no matter how old their child. Mindfulness simply means the awareness that we come with our emotional issues that we need to keep in check so that they do not spill over onto another human being. 

DLC: You spoke at a TedX convention last year. How was the response?

Shefali Tsabary: The response has been quite overwhelming. A lot of people have responded positively to the video but more than that, I have received a lot of personal and heartfelt feedback about transformations parents have made in their lives upon listening to my speech. 

Read the whole interview here 


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February 28
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
(SFU Woodwards)

$40 - Adults
$30 - Seniors and Students
Plus applicable fee


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