Preparing, serving, and cleaning up the daily snack (at home or in school) using appropriately sized kitchen tools is a fabulous way these applied skills can work their way into real-life situations. Trimming, cleaning, and arranging flowers requires scissor-work, patience, and a developing aesthetic appreciation - not to mention a full 25 steps or so to complete! Everything is difficult until it is simple, whether that be walking or long division. Learning the art of completing a process when arranging flowers will impact appreciation for the environment, for other people's artistic contributions, for their work or living spaces, and, believe it or not, show itself in a student's willingness to thoroughly investigate and report upon a botanical life cycle. In my classes, I was willing to try anything, no matter how outrageous, if it reached my kids. I wish I had known then to pull out florist's foam and vases! Exercises such as using a mustard spoon to slowly transfer beans from one pretty china dish to another develop motor control and pencil grasp. Pouring rice between glass pitchers self-corrects hand-eye coordination; Break it down, man Most everyone remembers the teacher's voice in the Peanuts cartoons. In short, the story blind persons tell of their journey into the first stages of death is the common story we have come to associate with these episodes. One such example is Vicki Umipeg, who suffered optic nerve damage as a premature baby, leaving her completely blind. She remarks: I've never been able to understand even the concept of light. During that time, she had an NDE and recalls being out of her body and up on the ceiling watching a male doctor and a woman working on her body. She recalls looking down and recognizing a body and thinking, I knew it was me. I was quite tall and thin at that point. And I recognized at first that it was a body, but I didn't even know that it was mine initially,92 after which she ascended through the ceiling toward a light. She recalls seeing the roof of the hospital, city lights, and buildings. Additionally, she had a life review that she describes as being similar to seeing a movie, but yet being in it at the same time--and yet I was separate from it. I saw everything--and I also felt everything that I felt plus everything that everybody else felt.

I'm surprised that you're even reading this after that bossy article title, but I'm glad you are. Because, ACTUALLY, this could be the most important article of all. In my short time here on earth, and even shorter time preachin' body love, I've discovered there are certain times when words and how we use them are really important. Well, words are always important, but the body acceptance movement has brought attention to a few particular pockets of problematic conversation that we can improve on. Here are a few things to remember. Beware of the versus monster. Thanks to the setup of the beauty myth, it's become normal to compare, contrast, and compete with other women's bodies. Yes, even under the guise of loving your body. While I follow a good number of body-lovin' Facearticle articles, I choose them very carefully. There are many articles run by those who are attempting to empower certain body types, but they do so by putting down another body type. Your mindset. Do you have the discipline needed to follow through and obtain the right results? If not, does the product include an accountability system that would work for you? It's important you feel confident in your ability to achieve tangible results. Without such an accountability system, you'll probably dabble, and if you're not fully committed, you won't get good results. Your personality/strengths. Do you feel as though the philosophy or strategy behind the product is aligned with your personality and strengths, or do you feel like something is off? For instance, the overall strategy behind the product may require you to cold call people. If you're unwilling to do this right now, move on. Your level of motivation.

No one had thought to create a radically simple incubator because no one had been tasked with making one for people who live on one dollar a day. Convention said incubators were large and cost thousands, so the expected innovation route would have been to find cheaper plastics or optimize the assembly to inch down costs. But constraints meant Chen's team had to throw convention out. And they came up with something more creative than if they'd had an unlimited budget. Here's a fact: Creativity comes easier within constraints. For example, what if I asked you to do the following exercise: Say something funny. Most of us freeze at such a broad challenge. Sure, there's a lot of freedom in it, but somehow it's tough to come up with something on the spot. Now, say I put a constraint on the exercise: Children need the opportunity to play with you as their parent and to play freely with other children. Most anxious children benefit from playful strategies in calming them down, while some also benefit from play therapy with a qualified practitioner. Parent-child play If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it . Rachel Carson You may not realise it but your child is your biggest fan. They adore you and look up to you - and what wouldn't they do to spend some quality time with you. Because play is children's most natural form of expression, they're most likely to respond to us as parents if we communicate and connect with them using play. Play is a powerful tool to deepen your connection and to bring your child to a place of safety and calm. Children have a deep need to feel delighted in, which builds the foundations for their self-esteem and fosters their sense of belonging.

In much the same way if there's too much heat, fear or anxiety in a room, people will either enter into fight-or-flight mode, going on the defensive and attacking or shutting down and keeping quiet out of fear. The challenge is to get the cooking temperature of the environment just right, so that everything is marinating beautifully, to create the yummiest, tastiest meal. Author Simon Sinek said in his TED Talk Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe, `If you get the environment right every single one of us has the capacity to do remarkable things'. Sinek says that belief, trust and cooperation are created when people feel safe; What can you do to ensure the temperature is just right within your team to facilitate and encourage the sharing of ideas and opportunities? Get off the dancefloor and onto the balcony With any collaborative effort, despite the best intentions and even when the why, what and who have been clearly established, things can get tricky. This is when, as Ron Heifetz also shared with us during my time at Harvard, we need to get off the dancefloor and onto the balcony as a way of maintaining perspective. Ron shared that when we're on the dancefloor we're among everything: in the detail, moving and behaving based on the collective energy of the room. Being on the dancefloor is where forward momentum and growth happens. What you make it is yours to decide - Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die Disciple: Can reading Bhagavad Gita help me, the modern-day yoga student, in other ways too? It's difficult to say. I don't think I can give you the answer until you yourself find a parallel between the Gita and your own life. I was at a loss for so long as to how reading the Gita could or would help me. Then I found my answer while reading Light on Life by B. Although not my own experience, I read for the first time how relative Krishna's Gita can be and the inspiration it can provide. S Iyengar says; Everyone sometimes finds themselves in the awful dilemma when every course of action or behaviour seems to be wrong. Arjuna, in article 2 of the Bhagavad Gita is on the horns of such a dilemma.

Will it be a reminder of your courage? Or will it be your patience and grace? If your subconscious thinks it's best for you, it may even decide to make whatever you don't need totally unrecognizable, invisible, silent, or forgotten the moment after you see it or hear it hear it. Won't that be interesting? Any comment that prevented a sense of peace and calm will now suddenly become like words in a foreign language . If there is something that used to cause fear, but it is something that would be safe to become totally blind or deaf to, you could choose to no longer notice this object . I wonder if this known object will suddenly become a foreign thing that you've never seen or encountered before, like you're on another continent--you're greeting this wonderful, furry creature for the first time. Wouldn't it be so interesting to have a fresh start? Perhaps that sound will become silent, or you may lose that type of hearing . Will your brain still hear real smoke alarms? If you already have another sleep disorder, including snoring, obstructive sleep apnoea or another parasomnia, you're thought to be at greater risk of developing bruxism, too. Smokers and heavy drinkers are also at risk, as well as those taking certain medications, including haloperidol, lithium, chlorpromazine and methylphenidate. Those who have epilepsy, Huntingdon's disease, Parkinson's disease and Tourette's syndrome are also at risk. Without a cure for bruxism, we need instead to look at ways to manage the disorder. There's modest evidence that behavioural approaches can help. These include understanding the causes and the factors that exacerbate the condition and taking steps to reverse the habit of clenching and grinding the teeth. For example, some people find controlled abdominal breathing can help (see box, below). Improved sleep hygiene and any therapy that helps to relieve stress are also positive ways to help overcome bruxism. SLEEP THERAPY ABDOMINAL BREATHING FOR BRUXISM