Courage and Meditation

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“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear––not absence of fear.” 
Mark Twain

Do you meditate? Would you like to? What about bringing meditation into the classroom? Hosts Kenneth Jeon and Siri Phaneendra interview William P Meyer about his transformative book, Three Breaths and Begin. Get a deeper awareness and move through feelings with meditation. A teacher can use meditation every day in the classroom, on field trips, for sports assemblies, and more to help students connect with themselves and their world. A small circle that starts with 8 people can grow to include an entire student body when youth recognize their power, express curiosity, and reflect through meditation in nature, journaling, creative writing, art, and music. The hosts read chapters on courage from two books in the Be the Star You Are!® series and Siri shares her personal experiences with daily meditations, including the fact that meditating has helped her be more successful on exams. If you enjoy traveling, there are many places in the world where the energy is powerful. Be intentional when creating your meditation space and enjoy the results. Slow down, take three breaths, and begin.

Bio: WILLIAM MEYER has long taught history, economics, and humanities in urban and suburban high schools, where he has also taught meditation in a variety of forms. He has worked with fellow educators in workshops and professional development courses, is the author of two published middle-reader novels, and is currently working to augment his MA in education from Harvard with a PhD from NYU. More information at BillPMeyer.com.

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If you meditate, you know how beneficial

If you meditate, you know how beneficial it is for our body, mind, and spirit. Hosts Kenneth and Siri interview educator Bill Meyer who wrote a book, Three Breaths and Begin, to bring meditation into the classroom. https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115668/courage-and-meditation

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Being a loving, caring dad is the most i

Being a loving, caring dad is the most important opportunity to impact the life of a child. My Daddy was my hero and I am forever grateful for his guidance and role modeling. Celebrate the wonderful men who shape the future of our kids. Be a GREAT parent!

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Retire to Expire, Species Extinction, Loving Spouse & Kids

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Do you dream of retiring early? Do you have a plan for what you’ll do with the rest of your life? Golf, travel, and rocking chairs may not be enough. New research indicates that health problems intensify after workers qualify for retirement benefits and abate with introduced work.

One million of the earth’s 8 million plant and animal species face imminent extinction. It’s happening at a rate of tens to hundreds time the speed as the rate over the past 10 million years. Our ecosystems and humans are threatened. What can we do?

When it comes to love, should you pay more attention to your kids or your spouse? It’s an interesting questions because you got together with your spouse for love, but then the kids came along and you love them so much. Research proves that kids are most adjusted and happiest when their parents have a great relationship. What do you think?

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What are the flavors and aromas you look

What are the flavors and aromas you look for when enjoying a glass of wine? Grapefruit, oak. floral notes? Sommelier Heather Brittany gives Cynthia Brian a sensory tour of Cynthia’s garden with wine in mind. https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1308/Digging-Deep-with-Goddess-Gardener-Cynthia-Brian-Sip-into-summer.html

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Sip into Summer

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Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian

Sip into Summer
by Cynthia Brian

“As the scent to the rose, are those memories to me.” Amelia C. Welby

Cooler weather has bidden a sweet goodbye, and warmer days beckon us to linger outdoors. My garden is ablaze with blooms and the aromas of scrumptious scents. My daughter Heather Brittany, also an avid gardener, is visiting and wants to learn more by walking through the landscape with me. However, on this occasion, I am the student and she is the teacher as we stroll through the perfumed botanicals. Heather is a sommelier, a trained and knowledgeable wine professional working in an elite and innovative winery in Temecula.

With a glass of vino in hand and several varietals opened on the patio, she crushes leaves and pinches petals informing me of the subtle flavors we may be experiencing as we sip our way through the backyard. We pick nasturtium, rose, mint, mock orange, cherry, lambs ear, calendula, Nigella, lemongrass, fennel, various citrus, berries, and a sliver of an olive branch. We stick our noses in lilies, lavender, and jasmine, inhaling deeply. We scoop a handful of soil and mulch to draw in the aromas of nature. Rosemary, sage, thyme, chervil, parsley, oregano, and bay…I haven’t ever thought of them as essences of wine. At each stop, she encourages me to stop, breathe in, and imagine. “Touch the lambs ear. Feel the velvety finish of the Queen Elizabeth rose. Take a bite of fennel. Slow down. What do you see? What do you smell? What do you feel? What do you taste?”

I was born and groomed in the vineyards of Napa Valley where I learned farming and gardening skills from my parents and grandparents, yet I’ve never ambled in my private gardens equating my flowers and herbs with the wine I consume. Often I’ve been told that as a writer, I should be crafting the verbiage on wine labels. What has kept me from being creative in that format are some of the normal descriptions that I read on bottles. Leather, tar, asphalt, and tobacco are not ingredients that I choose to imbibe. But here, in my garden, I understand. We luxuriate in the multitude of floral opportunities to discover the subtle notes of the fruit of the vine.

A whiff of a barnyard reminds me of my childhood riding horses, tending sheep, branding cattle, and raising chickens. Pine and redwood needles evoke the memories of Christmas. A shaving of St. Lucia nutmeg makes me nostalgic for Thanksgiving. Narcissus and jasmine are the smells of spring. The sweet stench of aged compost and sensational swathes of fragrant roses and perfumed lavender offer spectacular sights and spice to the summer garden.

On our way back to the house we watch a small sparrow flit from my pine wreath at the back door. Upon careful inspection, we witness three tiny eggs nestled in a nest. We shoot a photo to remember our afternoon lesson. What a fitting finale from our spring into summer sipping expedition!

Pour yourself a glass of Bacchus’s favorite beverage and walk around your garden indulging your senses with scents and memories. Slow down. What do you see? What do you smell? What do you feel? What do you taste? Sip into summer!

 

Cynthia Brian’s Gardening Guide for June

PRUNE daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, bluebells, freesias, and other bulbs once the leaves have turned crispy yellow.
ADD companion plantings of Oriental poppies, allium, delphinium, daylilies, salvia, and peony.
PHOTOGRAPH eggs in a bird’s nest, but don’t disturb the nest. The mother bird is alert and watching.
CELEBRATE National Pollinator Week June 17-23 by planting three new pollinator plants that will attract bees, butterflies, and birds. Try Nigella (love-in-a-mist), bee balm, and fennel.
DIVIDE perennials before the weather is too warm. Alstroemeria, hosta, yarrow, aster, and astilbe. Most perennials need dividing every three to four years to maintain annual blooms.
ADD three inches of mulch to your garden. If you have pine or redwood trees, gather the needles to mulch your roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, fuchsias, and other acid-loving plants. The mulch will keep the plants cooler and maintain moisture.
CONTAIN all mints in pots with saucers. Spearmint, peppermint, pineapple mint, catnip, and the rest of the mint family can easily become invasive when planted in the ground.
DEADHEAD roses at least weekly to encourage continual blooming.
BAIT for snails and slugs.
PLANT annuals in blocks of odd numbers—three, five, seven, nine, or more to create a more natural and aesthetically pleasing look to the human eye. To achieve this, you can plant the same variety of flowers in each odd grouping, or you can create color blocks with several similar varieties.
CUT bouquets of alstroemeria flowers for two weeks of vase life enjoyment.
WALK through your garden to savor the scents of a variety of plants.
PICK cherries as they ripen before the birds eat them all.
DO a second planting of beets, chard, beans, and radishes.
LISTEN to the serenading of the bullfrogs as they seduce with their song.
REPEL mosquitoes by emptying all vessels containing even a few drops of water. Add Dunks® to ponds or non-circulating water sources. Citronella and lemongrass plants supposedly help placed on the patio.
POUR a glass of wine and decipher the flavors that emanate from the garden.
COMMEMORATE dad on Father’s Day with a gift from the garden and include a copy of my book, Growing with the Goddess Gardener available at http://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store

CELEBRATE the summer solstice on June 21 with a controlled and safe bonfire. Did you know that the word “bonfire” derived from the words “bone fire” because bones were burned to make lime to sweeten the soil? In years past, bone fires, or bonfires were beacons to guide travelers on land and sea.

Happy Gardening. Happy Growing. Happy Daddy’s Day!

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Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, raised in the vineyards of Napa County, is a New York Times best-selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are1® 501 c3.
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Do you love acting and want to achieve a

Do you love acting and want to achieve a degree in acting, drama, or theatre arts? ALL MFA programs are not equal. Some are truly expensive, others offer the student stipends. The Hollywood Reporter ranked the top 25 programs in the USA. It’s a great list. As an acting coach, I want you to have the best. http://ow.ly/a8SS50uBQ2y

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