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Mindful Approach To Kids Using Knives

According to knives.com, the cutting-edge parenting resource, the recommended age in years when children can be introduced to knives, while supervised,  is two to three.  And, although it feels obvious that their research might be strongly influenced, it’s just as difficult to find an opinion that isn’t. I know, because after feeling many times like I was flailing when my children ran for the cutlery, I directed my focus away, and onto the computer.  This online quest for knife-safety-tips quickly resembled my fruitless (ha ha, good one again!) search for guidelines for offering dessert to my children, and reminded me that the answer lies not in an external value set, but within.

Dharma Connect: The Dalai Lama and lululemon

If you were to go lululemon.com today, you'd see a photo of the Dalai Lama with a quote from His Holiness: "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive." Presumably, pricey yoga clothes are not in the same category.

What We Learned When My Kids Talk To Siri

My son reached for my phone and excitedly recorded his question: “Hi, Siri, Can we eat chocolate?!” To which Siri responded, “One moment please.”  The phone’s screen then quickly populated with multiple definitions for the word "ejaculate."  With a confused look on his face, my son handed me the phone.  Seeing the definitions and repeating in my mind the tone with which my son asked his question and visualizing the shape his mouth made when he spoke the words, I pictured his wide toothy smile, followed by his eager voice hurriedly asking, “eat chocolate,” and I fell to the floor laughing.

Dharma Connect: Goodbye Dalai?

The Dalai Lama, the world's best-known Tibetan Buddhist, stirred things up this week with an interview in which he seemed to suggest that he should be the last to hold that title. “The 14th Dalai Lama now is very popular. Let us then finish with a popular Dalai Lama,” he told a German newspaper, which interpreted it to mean he did not want a successor.

Dharma Connect: Bill Murray Gives a Lesson in Meditation

 
A reporter at the Toronto Film Festival, which designated a Bill Murray Day, asked Murray: What is it like to be you? His answer is a gem, and a really good four-minute meditation.

Putting Our Foot Down On Little Girls In Heels

When my three-year-old daughter walked into the room wearing her new gift, a pair of plastic, bedazzled play-heels, or princess shoes, as they're often called, I looked down at her feet and felt the urge to vomit.  I was instantly overcome with fury.  Surrounded by my in-laws and piles of birthday detritus, I struggled to get my bearings.

If Buddha And Warhol Went To A Water Zumba Class

I often feel that my kids are pint-sized Buddhas.  They force me to get all sorts of uncomfortable and face things I'd love to distract away.   They call me out on emotions I'm otherwise quick to dismiss or bury.  And when I most need a pause and least want one (which is alm
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