Deep Peace / What Every Child Needs For Good Mental Health / Good Friday and Easter Holidays (Friday and Monday)

“Let the mountains talk
Let the rivers run
There is Wisdom here
There is much to learn
There is much to know
Much to understand
In this healing time
All across the land.

Through these darker days
On this narrow line
Help me find my way
Help me see the signs
I am not afraid
I am not alone
You have taught me well
You have brought me home.

To the rising sun
In each brand new day
In our own rebirth
In this healing time
Here on our Mother Earth.”
– John Denver

WE are made of the quiet earth,            and Sacred running waters.

Every
moment in time
can redefine
the mystery of
Life.
The deeper knowledge
of who we really are
can gently unfold
in our Sacred Heart,
our troubled mind.

Our thoughts and worries
trouble us so.
But when
our Hearts become
consciously present enough
in this precious moment,
we can recognize an opening
when it occurs,
and step through a door of awareness,
to clearly see
our mind is filled with distractions,
creating the illusions
of Life.

  The illusions of Life

Life
was never meant
to be lived
in the mind
alone,
but in the Sacred Heart
of God’s Love
for you
and me.

Every Sunrise
felt by your fragile Heart,
every thought
of another,
every Blessing your Life bestows
upon someone
less fortunate than you,
is a portal
to a redefining moment –
a moment that can again discern
and distinguish
YOU.

   A portal to a redefining moment

“Be still, my Soul;
the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest Joys restored.
Be still, my Soul;
when change and tears are past,

All safe and Blessed
we shall meet at last.”

Catharine Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, 1752

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A beautiful Gaelic Blessing
has been set to music,
with lyrics based on the
Blessed Revelations of an
Irish Prayer.
This is one of the most peaceful and relaxing songs
that you will ever hear.
I invite you to
feel your way through the dark
CLICK HERE
(Deep Peace / arr. John Rutter)
and allow the simple and very powerful
message of this Prayer
to enter your precious
Heart.

Yes,
My Friends.
The Great Truths
are simple.
And so are
WE.

WE
are made of
the quiet Earth,
and Sacred running waters,
from the Whirling Flame
of God’s Love.
And one day
soon,
we shall surely return.

“Deep Peace”

“Deep peace of the running wave to you;
Deep peace of the flowing air to you;
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you;
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you;
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you;

Deep peace to you.
Deep peace of the sleeping stones to you;
Deep peace of the wandering wind to you;
Deep peace of the flock of stars to you;
Deep peace, deep peace.
Pure red of the whirling flame to you;
Pure white of the silver moon to you;
Pure green of the emerald grass to you;

Deep peace.
Deep peace of the running wave to you;
Deep peace of the flowing air to you;
Deep peace of the quiet earth
to you;

Deep peace, deep peace.”

Every Sunrise felt by your Sacred Heart

“For the weak and broken down,
For the lost Souls not yet found,
For the hopeful left in doubt.

Peace to you.
Peace.
The peace of Christ to you.

For the wounded child of man.
For the poor who need a hand.
For the humble who understand.

Peace to you.
Peace.”
– Marc Byrd

I wish you
Peace
my Friend.
The deep Peace
that comes from
God’s Love
for you.

Goodnight.

What Every Child Needs For Good Mental Health

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It is easy for parents to identify their child’s physical needs: nutritious food, warm clothes when it’s cold, bedtime at a reasonable hour. However, a child’s mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially and learn new skills.  Additionally, good friends and  encouraging words from adults are all important for helping children develop self confidence, high self-esteem, and a healthy emotional outlook on life.

A child’s physical and mental health are both important.

Basics for a child’s good physical health:

  • Nutritious food
  • Adequate shelter and sleep
  • Exercise
  • Immunizations
  • Healthy living environment

Basics for a child’s good mental health:

  • Unconditional love from family
  • Self-confidence and high self-esteem
  • The opportunity to play with other children
  • Encouraging teachers and supportive caretakers
  • Safe and secure surroundings
  • Appropriate guidance and discipline

Give children unconditional love.

Love, security and acceptance should be at the heart of family life.  Children need to know that your love does not depend on his or her accomplishments.

Mistakes and/or defeats should be expected and accepted. Confidence grows in a home that is full of unconditional love and affection.

Nurture children’s confidence and self-esteem.

  • Praise Them – Encouraging children’s first steps or their ability to learn a new game helps them develop a desire to explore and learn about their surroundings. Allow children to explore and play in a safe area where they cannot get hurt.  Assure them by smiling and talking to them often. Be an active participant in their activities. Your attention helps build their self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Set Realistic Goals – Young children need realistic goals that match their ambitions with their abilities. With your help, older children can choose activities that test their abilities and increase their self-confidence.
  • Be Honest – Do not hide your failures from your children. It is important for them to know that we all make mistakes. It can be very re-assuring to know that adults are not perfect.
  • Avoid Sarcastic Remarks – If a child loses a game or fails a test, find out how he or she feels about the situation. Children may get discouraged and need a pep talk. Later, when they are ready, talk and offer assurance.
  • Encourage children – To not only strive to do their best, but also to enjoy the process. Trying new activities teaches children about teamwork, self-esteem and new skills.

Make time for play!

Encourage Children to Play

To children, play is just fun. However, playtime is as important to their development as food and good care. Playtime helps children be creative, learn problem-solving skills and learn self-control.  Good, hardy play, which includes running and yelling, is not only fun, but helps children to be physically and mentally healthy.

Children Need Playmates

Sometimes it is important for children to have time with their peers.  By playing with others, children discover their strengths and weaknesses, develop a sense of belonging, and learn how to get along with others. Consider finding a good children’s program through neighbors, local community centers, schools, or your local park and recreation department.

Parents Can be Great Playmates

Join the fun! Playing Monopoly or coloring with a child gives you a great opportunity to share ideas and spend time together in a relaxed setting.

Play for Fun

Winning is not as important as being involved and enjoying the activity. One of the most important questions to ask children is “Did you have fun?’’ not “Did you win?”

In our goal-oriented society, we often acknowledge only success and winning. This attitude can be discouraging and frustrating to children who are learning and experimenting with new activities. It’s more important for children to participate and enjoy themselves.

TV use should be monitored

Try not to use TV as a “baby-sitter” on a regular basis.  Be selective in choosing television shows for children. Some shows can be educational as well as entertaining.

School should be fun!

Starting school is a big event for children. “Playing school” can be a positive way to give them a glimpse of school life.

Try to enroll them in a pre-school, Head Start, or similar community program which provides an opportunity to be with other kids and make new friends. Children can also learn academic basics as well as how to make decisions and cope with problems.

Provide appropriate guidance and instructive discipline

Children need the opportunity to explore and develop new skills and independence. At the same time, children need to learn that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they are responsible for the consequences of their actions.

As members of a family, children need to learn the rules of the family unit. Offer guidance and discipline that is fair and consistent. They will take these social skills and rules of conduct to school and eventually to the workplace.

Suggestions on Guidance and Discipline

  • Be firm, but kind and realistic with your expectations. Children’s development depends on your love and encouragement.
  • Set a good example. You cannot expect self-control and self-discipline from a child if you do not practice this behavior.

Criticize the behavior, not the child.  It is best to say, “That was a bad thing you did,” rather than “You are a bad boy or girl.”

Avoid nagging, threats and bribery. Children will learn to ignore nagging, and threats and bribes are seldom effective.

Give children the reasons “why” you are disciplining them and what the potential consequences of their actions might be.

Talk about your feelings.  We all lose our temper from time to time. If you do “blow your top,” it is important to talk about what happened and why you are angry.  Apologize if you were wrong!

Remember, the goal is not to control the child, but for him or her to learn self-control.

Provide a safe and secure home.

It’s okay for children to feel afraid sometimes.  Everyone is afraid of something at some point in their life. Fear and anxiety grow out of experiences that we do not understand.

If your children have fears that will not go away and affect his or her behavior, the first step is to find out what is frightening them. Be loving, patient and reassuring, not critical. Remember:  the fear may be very real to the child.

Signs of Fear

Nervous mannerisms, shyness, withdrawal and aggressive behavior may be signs of childhood fears. A change in  normal eating and sleeping patterns may also signal an unhealthy fear. Children who “play sick” or feel anxious regularly may have some problems that need attention.

Fear of school can occur following a stressful event such as moving to a new neighborhood, changing schools, or after a bad incident at school.

Children may not want to go to school after a period of being at home because of an illness.

When to seek help

Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations with those of teachers and other caregivers may lead you to seek help for your child. If you suspect a problem or have questions, consult your pediatrician or contact a mental health professional.

Warning Signs

The following signs may indicate the need for professional assistance or evaluation:

  • Decline in school performance
  • Poor grades despite strong efforts
  • Regular worry or anxiety
  • Repeated refusal to go to school or take part in normal children’s activities
  • Hyperactivity or fidgeting
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Persistent disobedience or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Depression, sadness or irritability

Learn more about specific mental health conditions and children

Where to seek help

Information and referrals regarding the types of services that are available for children may be obtained from:

  • Mental health organizations, hotlines and libraries
  • Other professionals such as the child’s pediatrician or school counselor
  • Other families in the community
  • Family network organizations
  • Community-based psychiatric care
  • Crisis outreach teams
  • Education or special education services
  • Family resource centers and support groups
  • Health services
  • Protection and advocacy groups and organizations
  • Self-help and support groups

Other Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
www.aacap.org

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Phone: 703-684-7710
www.ffcmh.org

Family Support America
Phone: 312-338-0900

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Phone 800-695-0285
www.nichcy.org

National Association of School Psychologists
Phone 301-657-0270
www.naspweb.org

What Every Child Needs for Good Mental Health is one in a series of pamphlets on children and teen mental health.

Other Mental Health America titles include:

  • Teen Eating Disorders
  • Teen Depression and Suicide
  • Teen Self-esteem Feeling Good About Yourself
  • Teen Stress: A Guide to Surviving Stress

SOURCES

“Facts for Families,” America Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
“Children’s and Adolescent’s Mental Health,” US Dept. of Health and Human Services

IMPORTANT  DATES:

April 14 & 17    (Friday and Monday) Good Friday and Easter Holidays
April 28             Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Weather permitting)
May 1                TUITION DUE for 2017-18
May 15 & 16      Shakespeare Production at Stage West Theater
May 22 – 26       Adventure Trip
May 26               Last Day of Semester.

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Evening Star and Sun is Set / Movement Helps Ease Depression / Wed. 4-6-16 Hamlet at the Modern Art Museum

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The Flowering of Forgiveness

‘Tis always,
It seems,
The Night before
Your only tomorrow,
The last evening
Of our Season of Sunsets
Forever lost and unimagined,
Even in our dreams,
That we come to know
This moment
Is our only possession.

The Horizon
Of such awareness,
Births inner Beauty
Held inviolate within,
And without
compare.
Such a Gift
We find in
The vision
Of early Dawn,
In our brief day
On this Earth.

“Have you ever watched a sunrise
And felt you could not breathe?
What if it’s Him?
What if it’s God speaking?”
– Ronnie C. Freeman. Jr.

You can never arrive
Where you really are,
Be what your Heart
Wants you to be,
Until you know
Who you have truly been,
And that your dreams
Become
You.

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Shadows deepening of doubt and despair.

Upon an Altar
Of Innocence
Were we laid.
From Love everlasting
Were we Lovingly
Made.
And there,
By the Grace
Of God,
We may return.

With such awakening,
Is born a Flowering
Of selfless thought,
And Redemption
Through our deeds.

Life
Need not be lived
In the shadows of
Deepening doubt,
Of desperate despair,
But in the Sunlit brilliance
Of the Light
Of your hidden Love.

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Beautiful Flowers planted by the seed of thought and deed.

My Dear Friends,
The path to tranquility
For your fragile mind,
Your very delicate Heart,
Lies through the pages
Of God’s Precious Word.
Each Syllable
Is a gentle step
Toward Home,
To His Heart,
And yours.

Thy word
is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light
unto my path.

– Psalms 119:105

His Soothing Word
Can resonate
In the Soul,
Truly echo
Through the brevity
Of time
As we have
On this Earth.

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The Compass of your Heart will show you the way.

“Let Thy goodness
like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart
to Thee”
– R. Huff, B. Darnall, M. W. Smith

No landscape artist that ever lived
Could put upon canvas
Such beauty
As may be found
Hidden
In your Heart.

Don’t let the Sacred Inner Beauty
Escape you.
Remember, my Precious Friend,
That every day with you
Can a Masterpiece be.

After the last bright rays
Of the fading sun
Have turned to gray,
The Dignity of a day
With you,
Basking in
The Beautiful shadow of your Being,
Can continue to be
The Paradise
Of someone’s remembrance,
Someone’s Dream.

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Such Radiance as dwells within.

If it’s cold here
In your Heart,
The fire in your eyes
Can softly burn,
The words you Lovingly speak
Can slowly turn
Another world spinning round and round.
When you think
Of all the Love
Hidden deep inside,
Is it really ever too late
To let Love be our guide?

As you open wide
Your arms in warm embrace
Of another to Love,
Someone deeply in need,
The Gates of God’s Love
Are flung open wide,
And the Love in your Life
Is Heaven
To another in need
Of Hope,
Of the beautiful Flowers
Planted by the seed
Of your thought,
Of your deed.

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A Sacred moment you shall never live again.

How is it possible that such Radiance
As dwells within
Can be unnoticed?
Let us rejoice,
That this Miracle of Beauty,
This Heart Divine,
Loving ever thus,
Beats within.

As your Life and your Love
Are transfigured into
The hopes and dreams
Of someone lost
In the space
Between your thoughts,
Your anguished moments,
Of displeasure and pain,
Become
As a hammer
Against cloth.

When somehow,
Sameness is not the same,
If you play
And it’s not a game,
And your dreams
Are filled with regret and pain,
Remember,
The Creative Power
Of all the Love
That dwells hidden inside
Is far more powerful
Than that of destruction.

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    Evening Star and Sun is set.

The consuming fire
Of what you come to
No longer cherish,
Of what you have lost,
Cannot compare
To that of Baptism
In the Deep Waters
Of God’s Love.

Every second
You are with your Life,
Is a Sacred moment
You shall
Never live again.

The Compass
Of your Heart
Will show you the way.
It varies not
Far from the Truth.
If you listen,
Lingering long enough,
The path
That lay before you
Will be lit
By the lamp of another,
Holding an Eternal Light
For you.

Then another precious Life
Becomes you,
And the rhythm of the
Living waters
That you are,
Rolls on
Through a deepening River
Of no return,
And into the next
Past,
Which is no longer
Today,
No longer
You.

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Another world spinning round and round.

Evening Star
And Sun is set.
Colors
Vivid and bright,
In memories of Life
Lived for another,
In Dreams of the night.

Between
The beats of your Heart
Lies another dimension
Of Love
Unseen.
Between the Sun that sets
And the next sunbeam,
Is the World
In which you will live
In but a Dream.

Life lived well
Is always
For another.

Never walk alone,
Then sleep well
My Friend.

And
Goodnight.

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Memories of Life lived through another.

From Examiner.com:

It cannot be said enough;
Movement
helps ease depression symptoms.
We read it study after study,

Most people tend to ignore
that movement helps people
deal with depression more naturally.

Exercise not only helps motivate people
and builds their self-esteem,
it actually helps balance
the chemicals called neurotransmitters
such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine.
Studies suggest that 30 minutes
of moderately intense exercise
five days a week
can reduce depression by 50%.
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Colors vivid and bright in memories of Life lived for another.

No matter what type of movement
you take, walking, jogging, dancing,
swimming, aerobics, Yoga
and other forms of martial arts,
movement helps ease
depression symptoms.
.

“Why dose the body
with antidepressants
or force words
out of a person’s mouth
when there are better methods
to treat depression?

 Dance can set people free
on a physical and, especially,
a psychological level.”
– Isabella A. Pericleous
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Keeping the mind,
The Spirit
And the Heart
In motion,
Moving ever forward,
For the benefit
Of everyone around you
And every Living thing,
Can place the center
Of your focus in Life
Into another dimension.

And you
Shall no longer be
In sufferance,
For you
Are not there.
You
And your precious Heart
And mind and Soul
And busy
Elsewhere.

You cannot be
In two places
At one time.

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How to fight inflammation with food
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Too many of people deal with headaches, exhaustion, weight gain and other awful symptoms on a daily basis, but what many of these people don’t realize is that these symptoms aren’t normal.

Our bodies were built to feel amazing every day and the majority of us accept feeling tired, bloated and foggy brained on a daily basis. Furthermore, many of my clients deal with food cravings, mood swings and pain each week and they’re in a constant struggle to get themselves back to feeling “normal” again.

Inflammation can be caused by stress, mold, pesticides, mercury, hidden parasites, bacteria and viruses in our body as well as by eating an inflammatory diet filled with table salt, sugar, white flours, refined vegetable oils and processed foods, all of which lack nutrients our body needs on a daily basis to function optimally.

Here are a few anti-inflammatory foods you can start to incorporate in your daily meals and snacks. Buy a few of these foods each week (Sundays are a great day to stock up) and use them throughout the week in your meals and snacks. You can also bring these foods with you to work to snack on in between meals to keep your blood sugar stable. Get creative and add these foods to your morning smoothie, your afternoon salad and your evening stir-fries or whole grain dishes for extra anti-inflammatory boost.

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From Love everlasting were we Lovingly made.

1.      Raw Walnuts

2.      Blueberries

3.      Cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower)

4.      Ground flaxseeds

5.      Fermented vegetables (such as kimchi, sauerkraut)

6.      Dark leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, kale)

7.      Fresh ginger

8.      Turmeric

9.      Garlic

10.  Fresh rosemary

You can also start to add in anti-inflammatory foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, healthy fats, protein and complex carbohydrates on a daily basis so that you are keeping your inflammation in check.

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Also from Examiner.com:
3 easy ways to get better sleep without drugs

Adequate sleep plays a critical role in the function of our immune system, metabolism, heart function, blood pressure, weight control, in addition to how we learn, comprehend and remember things.

Create a spa-like environment by ensuring your bedroom is the right temperature, cool is always better. Start a humidifier, maybe even one that also creates white noise like Vicks Cool Moisture Humidifier; which will make it easier to breathe and is instantly relaxing. Keep your bedroom clean and organized because sleep can certainly be more challenging in a dirty space. Turn on some spa-type music, keep it very low, and allow yourself to drift away.

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Prepare for sleep through yoga and meditation. This may sound like an overwhelming nightly practice but it doesn’t have to be. Since both yoga and meditation are about breath, just taking a few minutes within your spa-like bedroom to sit on your bed, legs stretched out in front of you, to breathe deeply in through your nose and out through mouth will make an incredible difference. Stretching before sleep will also enable your body to relax more quickly.

Shutting down all kinds of the electronic devices in your home at least an hour before your planned bedtime. The bright screens and information overload plays a large role in the sleep-deprived nation we’ve become over the past ten years. If you are struggling to get to sleep and stay asleep, your phone, computer and television could be to blame. Turn everything off and give yourself the quiet time your body deserves.

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  The Light of your hidden Love.

On Wednesday, April. 6, 2016, we will meet at the MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH, 3200 Darnell Street (817-738-9215) at 10:00 a.m. Do NOT drop your child(ren) off early or without Dr. and Mrs. Anderson present.

We will view Hamlet by William Shakespeare broadcast from National Theatre Live at 11:00 a.m. Parents, guests, faculty, family members & friends are invited to join us.

Pick-up is at 3:00 p.m. at the museum

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner, National Theatre Live is broadcasting this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening his sanity and state security.

Running time is 3 hours and 20 min. with a 20 minute intermission.

FINANCIAL: $ 12.00 for students and $20.00 for adults

GIFT SHOP: Has fascinating items. (Dr. A bought a DOG Bowl! Stop laughing.) There will be a few minutes for shopping after the play.

LUNCH will be during intermission. Dine quickly! Café Modern serves contemporary American cuisine. Please provide funds for lunch. One check per table will be provided. A gratuity will be added. Students please order from the Children’s Menu.

Uniform pants with a belt, polished shoes & monogrammed shirts required. Shirts must be tucked in. Parents / NEIGHBORS / SIBLINGS are always invited to participate on our trips.

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IMPORTANT  DATES 
April 29 Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 1 Tuition Due for 2016-2017 school year
May 2 & 3 (MONDAY & TUESDAY) Annual Anderson School Shakespeare Production (Hamlet) at Stage West Theater
May 15 (SUNDAY) Preparation for Adventure Trip
May 16-20 Adventure Trip to Little Rock, Ark.
May 20 Last Day of School
(See William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net for trip details (posted Wed. at 7:00 p.m.)