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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Lessons From Our Granddaughter

Aloha Everyone,

I enjoy just "hanging around" with our granddaughter. For her, helping me fold laundry is a fun activity that she truly enjoys. We sing and dance and incorporate yoga asana practice in between our otherwise mundane task.

During school days, her off class hours are filled with what she calls "fun" extra-curricular activities. She has her chess club, advanced band and jazz band practices. She also has Tang Soo Doo practice twice a week.

An active little girl of 7 also creates many projects on her own to keep herself occupied.

Ribbon stars made of colorful luminescent strips of paper is one that was introduced to her by her grandma. For differentiation, her maternal grandparents are called Grandma and Grandpa. She calls J.J. and me FarFar and FarMor which in Danish mean Father's Father and Father's Mother.

Today my granddaughter showed me how to make these colorful and beautiful paper ribbon stars.

She is also a voracious reader and she is currently reading several books simultaneously. I caught her reading "The Land Of Stories" trilogy.

Watching her paying total attention and focused on whatever she is engaged in at the time is a great lesson and reminder for me. In meditation, we practice teachings of mindfulness and concentration. The idea is to live for the moment. Don't think of what was in the past. Don 't worry about what may happen in the future. All we have and all we can live is for this moment. Live it fully, joyfully with love and compassion.

Aloha -- Cathi