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    5 Take Aways From Last Year

    I always dread New Year. Everyone seems to be having an amazing time whilst I am full of melancholy. It’s the realization that another year has gone by, without the ones we love. The reminder of the things we didn’t do, the plans that were canceled, the missed opportunities. Worse than that, there is the seemingly obligatory resolution setting. I don’t know what the point of that is – we all start gung-ho in January and by February 3rd we can’t even remember what they were. That’s not to say I don’t love goal setting. I love goals. And lists. But I think they should involve in a more organic…

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    3 Apps to Help You Begin Practicing Mindfulness

    Are you practicing mindfulness to help you live in the moment, and to deal with the stresses of day to day life? Learning and cultivating skills of mindfulness—the ability to stay focused on one’s present experience with nonjudgmental awareness—can help us in our teaching and in the classroom. How does mindfulness do this? By training our minds consciously to become more aware of our inner and outer experience, and learning how to manage our emotions. I have read a lot about using mindfulness with children in the classroom, but wanted to focus this article on the apps that YOU can use to retrain your brain to have a clearer focus and…