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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Posted: May 17, 2019

How many stories have you heard in the recent past about young people who have fallen victim to bullying?  One story is one too many.  Unfortunately, many of the stories end with the tragic loss of life as a direct result. According to the website, Stopbullying.gov, bullying is defined as “intentionally aggressive, usually repeated” verbal, social, or physical behavior aimed at a specific person or group of people.

 

Bullying happens in any setting and affects all age groups from school-aged children to adults. While bullying occurs in the work place, the most common settings are schools, school buses, playgrounds and with more frequency, cyber bullying.


Being the BEST version of YOU

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Rappold

When your thinking and actions are aligned correctly, you live a more friction-free life.  Distractions, irritations and interruptions become less and your mind and your spirit feel limitless.  Thoughts leads to actions, actions lead to habits and habits, done over time, lead to the person you are destined to become.  Taking conscious control of your thoughts and focus puts you in the driver’s seat of manifesting you desired results. To bring more immediate conscious power in your life I am going to suggest changing one thought and encouraging one specific action.   


Understanding the Roots of Bullying

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Rappold

When someone with a chronic headache goes to see a medical doctor, chances are high that the medical doctor is going to prescribe a drug that has a great chance of alleviating the pain.  Problem solved….right?  It may be, but it’s not hard to figure out why this approach is so popular; in the mind of the patient with the reduction of the headache, the patient feels relief and often thinks that he is cured. When a patient goes to see a doctor of Chinese medicine, the doctor will provide a thorough examination, not to alleviate the pain, but rather to see what is causing the pain.  When the “root’ cause is discovered, the Chinese doctor then attempts to correct it.  Since the body is so interconnected, the headache could be caused by a problem that originates in the person’s foot, a diagnosis that would be missed with the traditional medical approach.  Both approaches may work; however, when we take the time to understand the root, we have a greater chance of keeping the symptoms from reoccurring.


Ways to Practice The Art Of Being Thankful

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

Most people have heard the expression “The Attitude of Gratitude,” but beyond knowing the saying how do you ensure it is a part of your consciousness? I see gratitude as a key ingredient to being and feeling our best and it doesn’t have to just be once a year during Thanksgiving. In fact, practicing the daily dose of gratitude may be the best antidote for dealing with the struggles and pressures that face us all. Thanksgiving merely provides a scheduled opportunity to help refocus our perspective rejuvenate our desire to get in touch with this perhaps the very best version of ourselves.

I know for myself that when I come from a place of being grateful everything and everyone else around me seems to improve. Does it really improve? Naturally in many cases things don’t magically change, but what does change is my perspective and most of the time this is all that is necessary.


The choice to make life easier is not always the best choice for your child

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

In a culture that continuously floods messages of immediate gratification and quick, effortless solutions, it is easy to forget that challenge and resistance is a natural part of a healthy life. Stress can often increase when we expect things should be easy and then we hit the inevitable road bump. Like Thomas Edison attempting 10,000 times to invent the light bulb, we need to remember that every failure, every rejection, every refusal allows you an opportunity to refine your approach and move forward. Delays are not denials as long as you recognize their value and learn from the feedback.

As parents, it is perfectly natural to want to protect our children from life’s disappointments, defeats and setbacks. A better way to protect your children in the long run though may be to help them understand that all of these things are a part of the natural process of learning. Children are going to come up against classmates in school who challenge their view, teachers who give too much homework or have too high expectations, friends who betray trust, etc. And while parents in many cases can “get involved” and make these problems go away, the momentary release of stress for their child ultimately cripples a child’s ability to fend for themselves in the long run.


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