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Parenting with Presence
Inject More Fun with Mindful Drawing
By Susan Stiffelman, MFT
Parenting with PresenceDrawing with a child is a great way to settle into the present moment together. Have your youngster choose a simple object and share the instruction to simply draw what you see. Allow the left, language-based, analytical side of your brain to quiet down as you simply draw what is in front of you. Notice details. Walk around the object to see it from different angles. This is a great activity to do with children to awaken awareness to the “what is” in front of us. Read more »

Taming Your Outer Child
Overcoming Self-Sabotage
Taming Outer ChildIf you致e experienced 喪un-ins with your Outer Child the self-sabotaging, bungling, and impulsive part of your personality, often impacting creativity and productivity, this series by veteran psychotherapist Susan Anderson will inspire hope in you. The founder of the Outer Child and Abandonment Recovery movements, she has devoted more than thirty years of clinical experience and research to helping people resolve abandonment and overcome self-sabotage. Read more »

Step Out of Your Story
Using Dialogue to Mine Your Story and Transform Your Character
By Kim Schneiderman
Step Out of Your StoryIn therapy sessions, plays, films, and our everyday human interactions, dialogues are usually spoken between two people. Yet, we experience dialogue inside our heads, too, as various competing internal voices reflect different aspects of ourselves. And while these debates are really monologues, since we are only speaking with ourselves, they tend to have an undeniable conversational quality. That doesn’t make us crazy; rather, it makes us human. Naturally and unconsciously, we begin internalizing these voices in early childhood from parents, siblings, teachers, and friends. Think of it this way: a child can only mimic what he hears spoken. Eventually, these internalized voices are assimilated into a template or gestalt of the self. Read more »

Parenting with Presence
Happiness is an Inside Job
By Susan Stiffelman, MFT
Parenting with PresenceHappiness cannot be bought. In my psychotherapy practice, some of my most despondent clients grace the covers of magazines, own homes all over the world, and live seemingly idyllic lives, frequently photographed frolicking in the Malibu surf with their stunning spouse and picture-perfect kids at their side. Few would guess that they limp through their days depressed and brokenhearted, or that they attempt to manage their unhappiness with drugs or alcohol. Everything looks great from the outside — the shiny red apple — but inside is a worm, eating away at their soul. Read more »

Parenting with Presence
Fostering Passion & Curiosity
By Susan Stiffelman, MFT
Parenting with PresenceEach child comes with his or her unique built-in, preloaded passions. Some kids are consumed by a desire to dance their hearts out. Others want nothing more than to concoct culinary delights. Some want to tell stories, spend time with animals, or sketch inventions. Read more »

20Q Interviews
Artist/Author Iona Singh
By Chris Dunmire
Iona SinghWhy is creativity important to you? It's one of the core features of being human, even though modern life does not rate it very much. So, no creativity is disenfranchisement from fundamental human capacities both physical and intellectual, leading to a very sad state of affairs. Read more »

Opening to Meditation
Is There a Link Between Meditation and Creativity / Intelligence?
By Diana Lang
Opening to MeditationWhen you meditate you are linking up to a kind of stream of universal consciousness, like a river of ideas and creativity. We can link directly into this stream by simply meditating. Research shows meditation is a great technique to improve creativity and develop the neocortex which is the creative part of the brain, and that meditation creates more elasticity in the brain resulting in a more creative approach to problem solving. Read more »

Nurturing Young Imaginations
"Explore the World"
By Abby Connors
NurturingI've learned a great deal about teaching creative thinking to young children from a man who wasn’t an artist, but a scientist. Richard P. Feynman was one of the greatest physicists of our time. He was well known for his work in quantum mechanics, subatomic particles, and quantum electrodynamics, and I don’t have the slightest clue as to what these are. Read more »

Magic Crayon Journal Prompts
What Time Is It?
By Patricia Mosca
Time Most of us believe that we need to get things done very quickly. That if we hurry than we must be making the most of our time and our life. But what happens when we continue to run full speed ahead? What happens when we put more value on the act of doing rather than being? Read more »

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