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Keep Your Cool With Your Kids

A guide by Roberto Lebron "Author of Raising Children on Planet Earth" (Southern Florida, United States)

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Have you ever found yourself losing your temper with your children and doing or saying something you later regret?

It happens to all of us. You've heard the advice, you've read the articles, but it's all for nothing if you can't keep a clear mind to remember what you've learned. As I say in Raising Children on Planet Earth, in order to implement what you've been learning as parents of young children, you need a way to stay calm and focused in the heat of the moment.

One way to accomplish this is through meditation.

Though meditation is often associated with oriental religions or philosophies, is not a religion, nor does it require any particular set of beliefs, other than the belief that you can help yourself stay calmer when things heat up. In fact, there are many ways of meditating, as we can see in How to Meditate: A Guide to Self-Discovery, and some of them have been practiced in the West for centuries.

Mediation is a practice, so we must practice. A common objection is a lack of time, which makes 8 Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life. a good place to start. The practical objective is finding the still point. That's the idea behind Finding the Still Point (Book and CD): A Beginner's Guide to Zen Meditation (Dharma Communications).

Meditation is a type of training, a way to lower the volume of our internal dialogs and achieve a more quiet mind, the title of Quiet Mind: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation. Our minds tend to jump from thought to thought, from past to future, from hopes to fears to regrets. Like a muscle, our minds can become stronger by excercise.

Other alternatives include How To Meditate: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Art and Science of Meditation [ILLUSTRATED] and Meditation for Beginners. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, by Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hahn, is an excellent guide for those more open to exploration of oriental philoshopy.

There are also some CDs available that offer guided meditation practice, including Guided Meditations: For Calmness, Awareness, and Love, and Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach (Book & CD).

The important thing is to begin. Choose one of these resources, and get started!

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