Your children belong to life #kahlilgibran #janefonda #lioness Episode 45

Episode 45

Michele and I explored how raising children is quite like raising ourselves. We explored learning how to trust, what to believe in and tapping into our creativity and intuition. Enjoy as we take an imaginary trip around the globe and listen to what the trees have to say as well.

Topics

  • Kahlil Gibran, On Children
  • raising a teen
  • climate change
  • intuition
  • listening within
  • trusting life
  • leadership
  • Jane Fonda #createartforearth – see instagram post below
  • Redwood trees – see video below

Question for you: If you were to create art for earth, what would you create?

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Much love,

Debbie and Michele

Kahlil Gibran on Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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In the midst of the Covid pandemic, humankind is at an existential crossroad: We can get through the health crisis and return to normal or we can realize that ‘normal’ was the problem and choose a better path. Normal has meant the Arctic ice melting, oceans warming; massive wildfires; extreme weather events, the extinction of billions of living creatures, governments and banks continuing to support and subsidize the fossil fuel industry, the very industry which is behind most of these climate emergencies. Normal has meant that the poor, the vulnerable, communities of color, have been targets of the oil industry’s pollution that makes them vulnerable to pandemics, and extreme weather events, none of which they are responsible for. Normal condemns our children to an unlivable future. There is an alternative and now, this year, is the time when we can make a paradigm shift to a safer, cleaner, more equitable and sustainable way of life. The health crisis will pass, the climate crisis will not. That is why Judy Chicago, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Swoon, Fire Drill Fridays, Greenpeace, the National Museum of Women In The Arts, the Serpentine Gallery and I are inviting you are to participate in a global art project in which artists offer an alternative vision to normal, one that honors the planet and all living creatures, one that promotes equity and justice for all; one that offers hope in a world that is on the wrong track. During historic transitions, art has always been critical. It reminds us that the world as it is, is not all there is, that there are other possibilities to strive for. Art can jolt us open and penetrate our defenses so that we can see and hear what we have been afraid of seeing and hearing. Art can play a role in waking people up to the urgency and to the solutions. So upload your creations to your own social media platforms and to hashtag #createartforearth for more info visit @greenpeaceusa @firedrillfriday @judy.chicago @hansulrichobrist @womeninthearts @serpentineuk @swoonhq

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Debbie Happy Cohen, author and coach, is also the founder of Joy-Based Living. Her Master’s Degree is in counseling, specializing in family systems, healing emotional trauma, and practical spirituality. Also affectionately known as Happy D! and Reverend SASSY SHORTS!, she lives on Lookout Mountain in Alabama, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her books include Reach Your Stars!SANCTUARY, It’s All About Kids: Every Child Deserves a Teacher of the Year, and I Don’t Think So!  You can find her blogging at http://www.joybasedliving.com.

Michele Stone is a professional artist in Tampa, Florida as well as a Certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach. She teaches classes for children and seniors and also curates art exhibits at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Masterpieces with Michele, LLC is her company where provides painting parties for adults at their workplaces.  You can watch her videos and subscribe to her youtube station here.

NOTE FROM MICHELE:

This podcast is for all you moms and dads out there freaking out about what to do with your children for the next 2-4 weeks, while we are all quarantined. We plan to do a whole series of refreshing topics and life hacks to keep the stress and frustration down to a minimum. They will cover a wide range of topics, including emotional intelligence, doodling, navigating challenging times, resistance and so much more. Please leave a comment and I might draw out a doodle for you!! 

NOTE FROM DEBBIE:

This podcast is CLEAN LANGUAGE AND KID FRIENDLY. I am swearing to give up swear words during these podcasts because your young ones are at home and you need this info to be heard and shared freely!! We want you to be a great lioness during these times. We want to help you you be the calm amidst the storm. We know how much you love your kids and we know how much you care.

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