Include everyone

Day 211 of #LiveWell2017 In The Kindness Handbook by Sharon Salzberg, she writes about an elementary school rule for kindness that she saw posted on a school wall: Everyone can play. This simple rule means include everyone. Invite everyone to join in. Don't leave that kid standing alone on the sidelines, head hung low. In … Continue reading Include everyone

Help others when they need help

Day 210 of #LiveWell2017 Day 5 of practicing Elementary School Rules... help others when they need help. The other day I mentioned a study about toddlers who automatically showed kindness when someone was in need. In that study, the toddlers, without prompting, did things like pick up a clothespin that someone else dropped, but they … Continue reading Help others when they need help

That ol’ Golden Rule…

Day 209 of #LiveWell2017 Day 4 of mindfully practicing Elementary School Rules...When I was growing up, we learned the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Translated into elementary school lingo, it goes: Treat others the way you want to be treated. Think about that for a moment. How … Continue reading That ol’ Golden Rule…

Don’t hurt others on the inside or the outside

Day 208 of #LiveWell2017 Day 3 of practicing Elementary School Rules. This is an elementary school rule that touches my heart, but it's pretty broad and encompassing. There are a lot of lessons that can be squeezed out of this simple phrase, like what does it mean to hurt someone on the inside? How can … Continue reading Don’t hurt others on the inside or the outside

Bloom where you are

Day 199 of #LiveWell2017 Last week while biking home, I passed this sunflower growing out of a storm drain. It was the second time in just a few weeks I'd noticed a plant growing in an odd place. It occurred to me that these were great metaphors for making the most of life, even when … Continue reading Bloom where you are

Stay alert #mindfulness

Day 197 of #LiveWell2017 I've ┬áspent a lot of time in the woods and watching wildlife. Each species and every individual has its own definition of personal space. I've seen great blue herons fly away when I was still 500 yards away from them, but alligators that stayed put when I walked right by their … Continue reading Stay alert #mindfulness