This is awe inspiring. This man’s name is Josh Shipp and he is former foster child and the ultimate “troubled kid” whose first life goal was to get kicked out of every foster home he ever entered. At the age of 17 after being arrested, it was the words of one man that would forever alter the course of his life and make him realize that “every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.” Please watch this and share it with everyone.
Learn more about Josh Shipp and the work he does here at joshshipp.com.
That’s the world we live in. We want everything now, now now. When it comes to our relationships and unhealthy behaviors, the day we decide to make changes whether through self-motivation or at the request of a someone else, that’s typically the day we (or they) want them to happen. In many cases, there is no margin for error or regression. You either get it together right NOW, or you go. Continue Reading
I wonder what my temperament might look like if I had been taught this as a child. This should be mandatory learning for all children. If you’re an adult and you never learned it, it’s not too late. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is an expression. Expressions while based on some kind of well-deserved stereotype, are not grounded in fact. Watch and learn. You can do it. It’s never too late.
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The inspiration for “Just Breathe” first came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then 5-year-old son talking with his friend about how emotions affect different regions of the brain, and how to calm down by taking deep breaths — all things they were beginning to learn in Kindergarten at their new school, Citizens of the World Charter School, in Mar Vista, CA. I was surprised and overjoyed to witness first-hand just how significant social-emotional learning in an elementary school curriculum was on these young minds. The following year, I decided to take a 6-week online course on Mindfulness through Mindful Schools (http://www.mindfulschools.org/), figuring that if my son was learning about this, it only made sense that I should learn too. Within the first week, I felt the positive effects of this practice take root not only on my own being but in my relationships with others.
As a filmmaker, I am always interested in finding a subject worthy of filming, and I felt strongly that Mindfulness was a necessary concept to communicate visually. Thankfully my husband, who happens to be my filmmaking partner, agreed. We made “Just Breathe” with our son, his classmates and their family members one Saturday afternoon. The film is entirely unscripted – what the kids say is based purely on their own neuro-scientific understanding of difficult emotions, and how they cope through breathing and meditation. They, in turn, are teaching us all.
‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off Continue Reading
Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a marriage and family therapist and best-selling author who hosts a highly successful daily call-in talk show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio during which she offers practical and necessary advice to anyone in need. Continue Reading
I recently stumbled upon an excellent resource for information on all things bipolar disorder. Bipolar Burble is a blog site run by award-winning writer, speaker and social media consultant, Natasha Tracy, who herself suffers from Bipolar Disorder, Type II. Continue Reading
I am constantly being adjusted. I can’t keep track of how often it happens, but everyday I am becoming more and more aware of it.
Perhaps you’ve seen the Matt Damon film, “The Adjustment Bureau,” or read the Phillip K. Dick short story, “Adjustment Team,” on which it is based? The film is a capable and entertaining enough romantic drama about a man who suddenly discovers that the events of his life aren’t necessarily always his choosing. That occasionally, his destiny is given a slight shift or nudge by members of a secret world known as the Adjustment Bureau. The adjustment could come in the form of something as simple as a stranger bumping into you on the street or as elaborate as the freezing of a specific moment in time so that members of the team can actually come in and make little alterations. The kinds of changes that you would never notice let alone think twice about but in the grand scheme amount to you never meeting a specific person, getting a certain job or having a real moment of clarity. All because in an instant you were made to look a different way thereby missing a detail that otherwise would have set you down an entirely alternate path with its own set of realities and consequences. A completely innocuous event which in the grander scheme causes a ripple effect that forever alters the outcome of the human race. Continue Reading
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