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Labyrinths

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Labyrinths

I have been drawn to labyrinths for many years. There's an alluring mystery about them, no matter how familiar. The symbolism. The therapy in reward of use. The knowledge of sharing a powerful resource with beings of the past and present. A universal portal of spiritual connectedness through time that spans use across cultures through history and mythology. Read about these wooden finger labyrinths at the bottom of the blog. These days their popularity is increasing as an incredibly helpful tool for mindfulness and meditation, for people of all ages. While their popularity is increasing, labyrinths have been around over 4,000...

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Breaking Cycles

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Breaking Cycles

It's difficult to know what to say and there's a hushed fear in many white people in how to express our empathy in a respectful manner. Many people want to help fellow humans suffering. Many people do not stop at appearance and disregard the soul in the eyes looking at them, this is acknowledged and we don't need to preach it, that is not what this is about. White people do not need to prove that they aren't racist, they need to support the call for change. The evidence that cannot be ignored, is that the majority of white people are racist....

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Holistic Education

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Holistic Education

There are many ways to home educate, our souls bloomed as we organically developed a nature-based, holistic style. We knew instantly that we had found the right fit for our family. Although we consider ourselves eclectic, this is the base for which we model everything we do.  What is Holistic Education? Holistic education nurtures the healthy development of the whole child – mind, body, and spirit. It is welcoming of individual paces and experiences, encouraging a positive self-worth and growth mindset by assisting children to discover confidence and resilience within themselves while adapting emotional regulation. It aims to help children develop...

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Creating a Calm Basket

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Creating a Calm Basket

When children are experiencing emotional overwhelm, it is essential to help them work through this with first finding tools to calm. Rational thinking is developing below a surface of impulsive charges reacting to a surge of emotions that is their coping mechanism. Once a state of calm has been achieved, effective communication and problem-solving can take place in a connected matter between parent and child.  Through emotional regulation practices, we can teach children how to recognise and accept their emotions as being okay and normal, while working through problem-solving and methods of grounding. It is important to not shame children...

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Dear Isolation Schoolers

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Dear Isolation Schoolers,We are collectively living in the most uncertain time of our lives. There's a huge shift that we must all undertake to protect ourselves and others as we get through this together. This shift may have seen you staying at home with your children and figuring out a new way of life different from what you are used to. Without acknowledging the following, many people are unknowingly presenting assumptions through their online posts, questions, and comments that are indirectly insulting to many homeschoolers and the very negative stigmas that we try to get away from. Homeschoolers generally want to be understood. We...

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