Teaching Children Empathy

Japans Answer to teaching children empathy

 

This clip was passed to me yesterday and I was so deeply moved by it, I felt it important to pass it on. ‘Children Full of Life’  is a short documentry (separated into 5  x 10 mins clips on you tube) on a teacher in japan who is teaching his grade 4 students to develop empathy.

The depth of the little kids emotions and the ability they develop with this teacher to share them  was deeply touching. I was moved to tears a few times, proud of them, proud of their courage.  These little people are learning perhaps one of the most important human skills  – empathy.  

If  schools around  the globe, begin including  in their ciriculum, lessons in empathy, compassion, remorse and forgiveness we may in the next generations,  experience a whole new level at which humanity communicates. 

I was inspired and so very proud of these boys and girls.

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Dr Feelgood stikes again

Are you getting your daily hit of  Validation?

Though the message is simple, its obviously one people needed and wanted to hear.  Written directed and composed by Kurt Kuenne and starring TJ Thyne & Vicki Davis, Validation has won a string of esteemed awards and gained immense popularity around the globe. 

Validation’s Awards

* Best Narrative Short –  Cleveland International Film Festival

* Best Short Comedy – Hawaii International Film Festival

* Crystal heart Award – Breckenridge Festival of Film

* Best Short Film & Audience Award – Heartland Film Festival

* Best Short Film – Sedona International Film Festival

* Christopher & Dana Reeve Audience Award –  Williamstown Film Festival

* Best Comedy – Dam Short Film Festival

* Audience Award – Gen Art Chicago Film Festival

* Jury Award Winner

Validation..  we all need it from time to time

 

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Fun ways to celebrate your bump

Todays women celebrate their bumps..

celebrate your pregnancy

celebrate your pregnancy

Thank God (no blasphermy intended,I am truly grateful) the days of women hiding their bumps under large unflattering frocks are long gone.. While pregnancy can at times be a trying  time for women as their bodies change and energy levels go up and down, todays women are celebrating their bumps in a multitude of fabulously fun ways. 

‘Doing something fun like body painting helps women celebrate their body changes’ says Vanessa who after a particularly terrible week decided to book herself  a body painting appointment.  ‘I came out of the session feeling alive, sexy and proud of my body. I was totally in love with my bump again. I highly recomend it’  

 Body painting is fast becoming one of the most popular of pregnant womens celebration experiences.  Many artists now offer a body painting session with a professional photographer included to give you an unforgettable keepsake of  your 9 month journey. 

All artists, body painters and anyone who offers fun experiences  for women to celebrate their bumps please leave your website addresses in the comments below so we can find you.

 Treat yourselves to a fun experience in celebration of  your journey…

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how many times have you said this to yourself..

Simple exercise for to boost your self development & personal growth 

 

Only takes a few minutes but has an incredible impact.  Good luck

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When life’s giving you the finger..

A song from the ‘good old days’  can completely change your mood

Try it..  it  worked an absolute treat for me recently.  Go to you tube , search for clips of your favourie singers from the wild days of your youth, turn the volume up real loud and sing your little heart out!!!! (trust me you will still know all the words)   

The clip above is one of my favs from my wild wild childhood days of living in the Central Australian desert, the heart of Australia’s cowboy country.  Cows, horses, hats, large buckles, RM Williams boots, bottles of bundaberg rum,  bachelor and spinster balls and the great country music legends  as our hero’s.

They were fabulous days, days I haven’t thought about for many years.  After finishing school I left the desert, first travelling around the coast of Australia and then out to expore the globe. I forgot completely about my love of country music.  As the years passed by, my taste in music changed. First rock music swept me off my feet, then a few years later, without mercy electronic music stole my heart. 

Watching this clip took me on such beautiful journey to the good old days of my youth and the fun we had singing and dancing to the country legends.  It changed my mood completely.. I felt light and happy and over flowing with good energies.

Change your mood, take a trip down memory lane…

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I’m Great You’re Great she says

Lousie Hay  Im wonderful, you’re wonderful, we’re all wonderful 

Reminding ourselves we are wonderful is something many of us forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, though as lousie hay points out.. its really important to find the time or we begin to suffer the consequences.

Take a look at this clip and be inspired to see the good, the wonderful and the absolute amazing-ness of who you are.  Its only takes a few minutes… and YOU deserve it!! 

Love yourself it’s a gift you deserve to give yourself…


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IVF – Moving Forward Positively

IVF the next step

Reading my posts over the past months, you will know my first IVF treatment experience was a very positive one. Everything went very smoothly and so nicely, with such positive results along the way, we were SURE we would get a positive result when it came time to do a pregnancy test.

However, it was negative and the numbness, disbelief and disappointment that surrounded the days after this were truly terrible.  I didn’t have so much time to really process the feelings. A very sweet friend was being married that evening, a friend was arriving from Australia the following day, less than a week later another friend arrived from the UK and another very dear friend (who is 6 months pregnant) was getting married.  I also received the wonderful news that one of my best friends was 3 months pregnant. It was a period of wonderful celebrations & excitement for these very dear friends coming right at a time when I felt like hiding in a cupboard in the dark with the disappointment of my ‘failure’.

Putting my own feelings aside, I celebrated and connected with the positive energy of the moment and rejoiced in the excitement that these special people in my life were feeling. There were difficult moments for sure, but in hindsight, its clear that in doing this, it was in its own way,  a precious gift I gave to myself also.

When I eventually took  some quiet moments to sit with myself I found that an unconscious rationalising of my circumstances had occurred.  A wise and positive sense of perspective had been created with the absence of ‘my mind’.  I realised a few things that I believe are incredibly important to remember when faced with the disappointment of a negative pregnancy result.

1.  Few things in life work the first time round 

Consider your experience with  finding love, a career, a home and even learning to ride a bike!!  All of these things have usually needed more than one try to find the success and contentment we imagined for ourselves. We have needed to brush off our wounded hearts/egos/ mind and carry on in search of ‘the one’  

IVF is the same. When it doesn’t work the first time its painfully disappointing there’s no doubt of this, but its not a reason to give up. As we do in our lives, we need to learn from our experience and move forward trying to do it better next time round. Maybe its putting more heart in to the diet the doctor suggested, maybe its meditating more regularly in order to keep  stress levels down and the body more at peace during the process, maybe its sleeping more, maybe its simply being more positive, visualising the positive result we want rather than spending the majority of our time gripped by the fear of failure. There are so many little changes we can make to help things along.

2. The financial costs

Its so common and natural when the sense of failure comes that we consider the financial cost of the attempt. ‘What a waste of money’ etc etc. However, its really not helpful to think like this.  Money is money, its purpose is to buy us the things that we need and want in life.  If being a mother is something we really want then its the perfect use for money.  After all, if its not spent on another IVF treatment, at some stage in our life it will eventually be spent on a home, a holiday, a new sofa, car or any other number of ‘things.’ If we really want a child, we really want to experience the joy of motherhood and we are having trouble naturally then money is simply a means to try to get what we want. If you can afford to have another go then why not and if you cant afford it, begin a determined search to find what funding is available, what options are out there for you. There are options, but it means being super determined in your hunt for information.

3. There are no guarantees in life

This is an important one. All throughout our lives we learn this essential  lesson and we need to remember to put it into context in our journey through IVF as well. When we really want something with all our heart, the best we can do is to go for it, to give it everything we have, to believe as strongly as we can that its possible and to do everything that needs to be done. That’s all we can do, life determines the results.

We have all had dreams that we gave our complete heart and soul to that didn’t work out. We have all felt that disappointment, that heart wrenching feeling of not achieving a dream or goal. But we also know that we survived it, we moved on and with time the pain subsided and other wonderful things occurred, other successes were experienced. 

One of the things I believe that help us to move on is that there is no guilt when we know that we really gave it everything we had, we were focused, we were determined, we put our heart and soul into it.   When it doesn’t happen, its devastating and heart breaking but we know we did everything we possibly could to make it happen. Its the best we can do, the rest is out of our control.

After my next period I return to focussing on babies. I am blessed with not needing to do the full hormone treatment as my little body produced enough eggs for another try. I feel good,  I feel determined and I feel very focussed.  So Lets see ..

Until next time

much love mysticmiss