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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