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The 5 Precepts of Buddhism 

The Five Precepts constitute the basic Buddhist Code of Ethics.  They are commitments to abstain from harming living beings, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication.  Undertaking the five precepts is part of both lay Buddhist initiation and regular lay Buddhist devotional practices. They are not formulated as imperatives, but as training rules that lay people undertake voluntarily to facilitate practice.

However the precepts in all the traditions are essentially identical. 

In Undertaking the Five Precepts: Nonharming as a Gift to the World  Jack Kornfield states:

"A conscious commitment to virtue and nonharming is the foundation for living a harmonious and compassionate life. At first, following a moral code can be seen as a protection for yourself and others. With further practice and reflection, you can see how each basic area of truthfulness and integrity can be developed into a meditation itself, bringing you awakening and sowing seeds...

What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries?

What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity?

The Untethered Soul—(a #1New York Times bestseller)—offers simple yet profound answers to these questions.

Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness.

By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

Copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your though...

The importance of listening skills.

As a personal development trainer, many of the tweens and teens I ‘talk’ to tell me that no one is listening.  I find them desperate to talk, to off load and to express themselves but that is because I am neither their parent or their teacher.  I am a neutral person, someone not related to home or school.  I have become very privileged to be the only adult to hear some very personal life experiences of some wonderful kids.  They come to me sad, angry, hostile, fed up or in the middle of some teenage angst or drama, or a very real family or personal life experience that they need support to cope with.

What does real listening look like?  I have learnt through the years that there are four parts to every teenager told story and there is a definite skill involved in getting to the final (and real) part.  It takes time, commitment and a lot of deep care from a very calm, present adult.  This adult needs to offer a safe, non-threatening...

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If like me (and over 4,500 others who left a review on you read Michael A. Singer's book The Unthethered Soul then you would have begun a journey of trying to gain mastery over your own mind! 

It is a book you need to read again and again in order to really begin to fully embrace the message.  Many have said the audio version is a wonderful way to experience this book, but I personally have only read it and am yet to try the audio. So when I learnt of the video series I figured this was an even more powerful way to gain more insights.

People who have read The Unthethered Soul  said:

"Never have I read a book that so radically transformed the way I think. It was remarkably freeing to become so aware of how much I allowed my own thoughts to run my life."

"When I realized the shift needed to be made within ME for me to be OK in life, total game changer! I le...

How can I have a healthy relationship?

I have been very blessed as I am in a long term loving marriage.  As I happily enter my third decade with my husband I feel I can share my own thoughts and experiences on what the magic is for a long and healthy relationship.  But these principals apply to all our relationships, whether they are with a friend, colleague or family member.

1)  Focus firstly on yourself

I believe it is a very simple recipe and it is the same one I apply to myself, my parenting journey as well as being a wife, a friend etc.  That is to focus first and foremost on myself.  To be the healthiest version of myself.  To be fully accountable and responsible for myself in thought, word and deed.  By not expecting my husband, son or friend to do that for me I don't give my power away, and anything they do contribute is a total bonus.  

2) Communication

It is so important to speak our own truth.  I have learnt to be as Mindful of my own...

The Positive Discipline parenting and classroom management models are aimed at developing mutually respectful relationships. Positive Discipline teaches adults to employ kindness and firmness at the same time, and is neither punitive nor permissive.

December 5, 2016

When I am working with children who are feeling negative, anxious and nervous in ways that are beginning to affect their overall well-being and enjoyment of life, I like to share with them a wonderful Cherokee Indian legend which describes the battle that goes on inside all of us.  It is the battle of two wolves. 

One wolf (the black wolf) is:  shame, fear, hate, stress, sadness and anger, and the other wolf (the white wolf) is:  Love, peace, calm, happy, kind, joy and fun.  If these two wolves are battling inside of us, which one is going to win? 

The most common answers I receive are:

"Well I hope the 'good' one" or   "The bad one because he's everywhere".

But the answer is:  THE ONE YOU FEED!

When I shared this with 10 year old Eli, she drew the two wolves..........

The one you feed will get big and strong, and the one you don't looses strength and gets weak.  Children understand this straight away.  I ask them to share specific examples of times when they fed the...

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