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In today's Morning Cup, we look at the common friction between parent and child that accompanies being told "no," and explore how mindfulness offers us the opportunity to find greater clarity of mind and an openness of heart during these moments of challenge.

Direct download: The_Morning_Cup_---_Resistance_is_Fertile_100725.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:01am EST

In today's podcast we explore one of the great ironies of parenting – the very object of a parent’s affection and among the greatest of their joys can be the source of so much agitation. Doing so, we consider how this frustrating aspect of parenting can come to serve a reminder to breathe and a mindfulness cue to see more clearly what is actually taking place.

Direct download: The_Morning_Cup___Where_in_the_Next_Breath.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:02pm EST

In today's Morning Cup podcast, you are reminded of the ways you can see your child, moment by moment.  Of course, if gifted with sight you see them.  But to really see -- to really know -- your child, it can be helpful to practice mindful awareness and see them with eyes that are open to the mystery of the moment, of their changing nature, and of who they are.  Doing so, you may come to a deeper knowing of yourself. 

Direct download: The_Morning_Cup__Seeing_Your_Child_100503.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:43pm EST

In this Mindful Parenting podcast of the Morning Cup, Scott Rogers shares a powerful exercise intended to e practiced during moments of challenge.  While helpful for achieving connection, compassion, and empathy when embroiled in conflict with one's child, it can be helpful at anytime and anywhere.

Direct download: TMP_MCC_Do_I_Know_This_100426.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

In today's podcast, your child's smile serves as reminder to wake up and enjoy the present moment, mindful of life's forever changing nature.

Direct download: TMP_Your_Childs_Smile_100315.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

In the Three Mindful R's, we learn how the moments we spend with our child -- both the easy and challenging -- offer an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to share this growth with our child.
Direct download: The_Three_Mindful_Rs_090225.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

Today's Morning Cup podcast reminds that we can get lost in expectation and judgment when we stop seeing what is before us as it truly is. Today's Mindful Parenting verse embraces the technique of looking for something new when we see our child.
Direct download: Find_Something_New.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:21am EST

In this Morning Cup podcast, you are offered the opportunity to expand awareness by viewing the world through your child's eyes. As you deepen your connection to your child, what arises may surprise you -- may teach you -- may awaken you to an aspect of your child -- and yourself -- that speaks to your aliveness.
Direct download: Through_Your_Childs_Eyes_080727.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

Today's Morning Cup offers a verse to help us be present with are child when we are with our child.  We often wait for things to "calm down" in order to get into a mindful or present state.  But things will never calm down.  That's for us to do.
Direct download: Are_You_Really_There_With_Your_Child.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:41am EST

Mindfulness and Mindful Parenting Practice bring our perception of the passage of time into proper perspective.  Time stops flying and we learn to savor the moment.

Today's exercise involve the recitation of a simple phrase, both when we are with separated from our child, to help clear out some of our mental clutter and bring greater awareness to the moment. 

Direct download: mindful_paenting_and_the_passage_of_time.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:26am EST

Today's Podcast uses the breathe as a cue to connect us to our child and the cosmos.  Designed to be used especially when we are away fromour child, today's exercise can also be used when with our child.
Direct download: Breathe_and_Open_Awareness_To_Your_Child.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:58am EST

Today's Morning Cup offers a classic mindful parenting verse through which you connect more deeply to your child and through that connection, ground yourself more deeply in the here and now. It can be done anytime and anywhere and takes but a few moments.
Direct download: Visualizing_and_Sensing_the_Present_Moment_Through_Your_Child.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:19pm EST

Just because we get out of bed doesn't mean we've woken up.  This podcast provides a helpful reminder that habitual events, like breakfast, can become mindless routine, and offers a two minute tool so that breakfast can become a wonderful opportunity to Wake Up! 
Direct download: wake_up_during_breakfast.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:19am EST

Today's Morning Cup looks to each morning as a new day -- one we can approach like a flower blooming for the first time.  The mindful parenting verse helps to ground ourselves in the beauty of the moment at those times when the ritual of getting ready for school can become challenging for ourselves and out children.

Direct download: Opening_Like_a_Bloom.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

Our words can be a source of happiness as well as suffering, for ourselves and others.  Today's Morning Cup technique suggests how we might respond to our child in a way that allows us a moment to meditate or turn inward while offering our child the space with which to explore and realize their potential.   
Direct download: respond_with_a_sound.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:05am EST

Our eyes and our child's eyes are windows into a deep place of aliveness.  Today's podcast invites you to meditate on your child's eyes, soaking in their color.  During the day, similar hues cue awareness of your child's presence and, ultimately, of your own.  You awaken to the moment and see the world with fresh eyes.
Direct download: Your_Childs_Eyes_Everyday_Objects.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

Today's Morning Cup column offers a mindful parenting verse to bring awareness out of the egoic mind and more fully into the body.
Direct download: Listen_To_Your_Fingers.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37pm EST

Today's podcast reminds us how we each hold the key to resolving conflict.
We can't always expect another to let go of "stuff," but we can look inward and, with developing awareness of what is really taking place, more naturally let go of our some of own stuff.  Imagery of tying and untying our children's shoelaces places the key within our grasp.   
Direct download: Untying_Knots_and_your_Child.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

Signing your name likely has become an automatic process.  Today's podcast opens awareness to your aliveness during this routine act.  With imagery of your child learning to write his or her name for the first time, you expand awareness by making the subtlest of changes to one of the letters in your name.  As you expand spaciousness within a letter, you open awareness within yourself.
Direct download: signing_your_name.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:19am EST

A verse and its rich imagery offer a short visualization of your child stepping into the magic of the unknown, helping you expand awareness of your own ambivalence and do the same.  The verse and imagery can be easily remembered and recited during the day when we become aware that we are stuck in hesitation. From this we act! and touch our aliveness.
Direct download: Step_Into_Hesitation.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:34pm EST

We can often become so caught up in our heads, and our eyes, that we forget our true nature.   Today's column and verse helps us to reclaim our true nature by looking deeply into who we are -- through our child's eyes.
Direct download: see_yourself_through_childs_eyes.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:43am EST

Today's Morning Cup offers a verse that directs our attention to another being's eyes, and from those eyes to our child's eyes and to our own.  Breathing deeply, we see more clearly what it taking place in the present moment. 
Direct download: The_Eyes_Have_It.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

Today's Morning Cup examines the diversity of emotions our child experiences and how, as we have matured, we may have lost touch with some of these feeling states.  Today we attend to our child's feelings with an open heart, to see if we can touch (relate to) those emotions, thereby gaining greater insight into ourselves and our child.
Direct download: s_Feelings_and_Find.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:12am EST

So often we find ourselves seemingly always in motion.  Even when we're home and have the opportunity to take it easy, we keep going -- eating, talking, moving about. Today's podcast offers a beautiful technique to slow down with your child and dwell together in stillness.

Direct download: slow_down_and_dwell_in_stillness.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06am EST

Today's Morning Cup invites you to see the similarities between yourself and the sun.  Expanding awareness to embrace the sun's wondrous qualities of patience, warmth, and abundance, offers the opportunity to deepen your connection to your child, youself, and other beings.
Direct download: You_Are_The_Sun.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

April Fool's Day reminds us of the value of opening to whatever arises with a fresh eye by playing the fool. 
Direct download: Play_The_Fool.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:48am EST

In this Mindful Cup podcast, we transform reading into an experience of mindful awareness. Reading cue us to our breathing and our child's breathing which begins the process of becoming more gounded in the here and now.
Direct download: 01_Reading_And_Breathing_With_Your_C.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:48pm EST

Today's Morning Cup opens awareness to both the impermanence and the repetition of the sacred moment in which we saying "Good Night" to our child. We become more mindful of the moment, and appreciate the untold generations who have shared in this beautiful ritual.
Direct download: Sweet_Dreams_Flowing_Across_Generati.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

An easy to learn four stanza visualization brings you back to yourself anytime you choose. Imagery of your child, coordinated gently with your breathing, serves as a powerful cue to waking up to the present moment.
Direct download: opening_to_aliveness_with_your_child.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29am EST

This Morning Cup looks to clouds as a means to awaken to the always changing nature of your child and yourself.
Direct download: gazing_at_clouds.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:33am EST

In this the second of a four part series of the Morning Cup podcast, you learn to deepen your connection to the present moment by opening awareness to your hands as you wash them, singing "Happpy Birthday" to your child.
Direct download: washing_hands_happy_birthday_exercise_pt_2_48.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31am EST

Washing hands can quickly become a mindless event. Todays Morning Cup podcast tranforms the act of washing hands into one of deep meaning as imagery of your child opens your heart and brings a smile to your lips.
Direct download: happy_birthday_exercise_pt_1.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06am EST

In this Morning Cup, a new verse brings to mind images of your child who, like the passage of time, is always changing. Expanding awareness, you return to yourself and to the present moment.
Direct download: Waking_Up_To_2006.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:23pm EST

The Winter season is one that touches us at many levels. This Mindful Cup podcast offers a technique to allow the breathing in of cool air to connect you to your child, and from that connection to expand out to reach the cosmos. Returning to youself, and increased awareness of bodily sensations, you become grounded in the present moment.
Direct download: winter_renewal_and_connection.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:34pm EST

The New Year brings forth new moments with greater clarity. Today's Mindful Cup looks to the fresh newness of your child's sounds to bring you more deeply into your own body. The vibrations that emanate from your sounds fill the vastness of the cosmos.
Direct download: the_new_year_and_new_moments.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

Today's Morning Cup invites awareness into the transient nature of delicious sweets and the moment to moment joy we experience when with our child. A mindful parenting verse reminds us of how fleeting both are, yet can endure in our hearts when we are truly present for the experience.
Direct download: eating_sweets.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

Today's Morning Cup helps open awareness to the connection between our flesh and blood and that of our child's. When we bathe, we can escape mental chatter by directing awareness to this connection.
Direct download: 01_A_Verse_For_Bathing.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23am EST

This Morning Cup reminds you how close at hand mindfulness and a deepening connection to your child are at all times. Fingernails offer easy to remember cues to your spiritual connection to your child and to the present moment.
Direct download: Your__Fingernails_and_Your_Child.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:49pm EST

Today's Morning Cup invites you to use a simple visualization technique when you are with your child to open a doorway to connecting more deeply with your child and yourself.
Direct download: inviting_surprises_with_bedtime_visualizations_32_kps.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:26am EST

Embrace your child as you recite a lovingkindness meditation. Doing so will open your heart to greater compassion for not just your child but yourself.
Direct download: lovingkindness_meditation_and_your_child.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:36pm EST

Today's Morning Cup podcast transforms your eyes into the lenses of a camera, helping you to awaken to the extraordinary beauty residing within every moment.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

In this Morning Cup column you bring together the past and the present and awaken to the depths of genuine love in your life.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:05pm EST

Today's Morning Cup column and verse use the association between your work and your child's homework to draw energy from your thinking mind into your body.
Direct download: 01_TMP_Homework_and_Your_Child.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:50pm EST

Today's Morning Cup column transforms body awareness by cuing imagery and sensation of carrying your child as if you were pregnant. Doing so, you expand awreness of your child and your connection to the cosmos.
Direct download: tmp_Carry_Your_Child.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

We can connect deeply with our children as they begin the school year for our own schooltime experiences are rich in memories and run deep. Today's Morning Cup column reminds us to listen deeply to our child and open awareness to the experiences shared. A verse is offered for further reflection.
Direct download: tmp_Your_Child_And_The_New_School_Ye.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:07pm EST

In this Morning Cup column you awaken to the many gifts awaiting you as you read a bedtime story to your child.
Direct download: 01_tmp_The_Mindful_Bedtime_Story.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:08am EST

Today's Morning Cup column and verse tranforms a routine moment into one of expanded awareness. Awaken to the presence of your child in your life, and your being in the here and now, with every step you take.
Direct download: 01_TMP_With_Every_Step.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:45am EST

This Morning Cup column reminds you to be truly present with your child when you are together, and to allow for togetherness even when you are "too busy" to attend to your child. Share with your child how you may be tugged in different directions and open to the simple beauty inherent in physical presence.
Direct download: TMP_In_The_Presence_Of_Your_Child.m4a
Category:QuickCast -- posted at: 10:51pm EST

This edition of The Morning Cup mindful parenting tip reminds you of the value of being present for your child and not overstating the importance of a project that can wait. If the project can't wait, then communciate that to your child with compassion. Ultimately, you will have more energy for both the project and your child.
Direct download: TMC_Resist_Less_and_Experience_More.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:13pm EST

This Morning Cup column reminds you to really wake up when you awaken in the morning. The daily verse summons imagery of the vast cosmos within your child's eyes as a cue to leave distractions behind and enter the present moment.
Direct download: TMC__Wake_Up_When_You_Awaken.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:45am EST

This Morning Cup column expands awareness beyond the confines of the ego. Using the hands to "listen," we can become more present and participate in what is actually taking place with greater depth of understanding.
Direct download: 1_-_tmp_080205.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:04am EST

This Morning Cup column offers a mindful parenting tip that involves opening to awareness itself. Delta mind is awareness of becoming mindful of the moment.
Direct download: tmp_podcast_050801_edit_2x.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

This Morning Cup column offers a mindful parenting tip that helps you open awareness to the presence of your child, and to the joy this connection offers, while working on the computer.
Direct download: 072705_themindfulparent_podcast.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19pm EST