What about teaching peace before and during pregnancy?

picFinding peace can be everyone’s goal but before conceiving a baby and during the pregnancy it’s even more important. We all know that babies in the womb can sense mom’s emotions.
Findings from researchers show a fetus receives chemical signals from mom during pregnancy that could have a negative impact on how a baby develops after birth. The psychological state of a mother – during pregnancy and after delivery – has a direct impact on the health of a baby after birth.
So how about starting feeling in peace even before conceiving a baby. It can become a way of life, a way of being. And it will be easier to keep experiencing peace during pregnancy. Indeed, it can feel like such an overwhelming time as a pregnancy puts new demands both physically and emotionally. Here are some simple tips to keep a positive attitude and stay away from negative thoughts and worries:

 

  •  Meditation and prayer are useful tools to help maintaining a positive attitude. Practicing everyday can make a huge difference by bringing peace and relaxation to your body and mind
  •  Turn off the news allows to stay away from drama and the constant violent or negative images shown,
  •  Find a balance between work, family, responsibilities and self-care
  •  Practicing gratitude for the blessings in your lives produces also health benefits
  •  Talk to your baby: take a few minutes every day and sit quietly. Clear your mind, rest your hands on your belly and talk to your baby. Focus on the miracle going on inside. It will be a chance for your baby to hear your voice free of stress and feel the love and happiness.

 

peaceEvery woman should tune into her body to see what it needs for its optimum health and balance. Also tune into her higher self to receive accurate guidance about her health. They should trust their own inner authority as a truth barometer about what’s healthy.
Inner peace should not depend on external circumstances. It can be embraced by always taking the moment to be present in life. And when it comes the time of delivering, no matter what’s going on around; the mother will be ready to live this moment in a peaceful way which is essential for her and her baby.

Author: Amelie Paterne

Teaching Peace in Schools live Summit

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The Peace Alliance empowers civic engagement toward a culture of peace. They are an alliance of organizers and advocates throughout the United States taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the centers of national discourse and policy priorities.  Their network includes volunteer grassroots teams in cities, towns, colleges and high school campuses across the nation.

Here is a resume of their Teaching Peace in Schools live Summit:

RESTORATIVE CIRCLES:

restorative circlesFirst, we should start with the original meaning of the word school which describes the place where the rules are suspended and no laws are imposed. This is not what most of students are experiencing about school. And it seems that often teachers have as a primary job of maintaining order. The power only belongs to the teachers, administrators… and students don’t feel heard or safe to express their point because they know that the answer will be punishments which are not effective ways of creating listening.

It’s empowering to have the power distributed. It will be important to stop trying to manage other people’s behavior. So students stop feeling apart or not engaged. But how can we respond to conflict without imposing rules. It’s the dialogue, not just as a conversation but as a real practice. Because it’s not about having different view of well-being, it’s just that people are not listening to each other. We all want to the same, to feel safe, loved and heard.

In order to respond to challenging, painful situation, conflict or violence, they created some restorative circles in schools. The aim is to create a welcoming environment, make this space safe and a moment of connection, a celebration of smile where teachers or administrators understand who the students are and not judging them based on what they did.

It’s about creating the conditions safer so students will feel heard in a way they would transform their behavior. So the most important pieces in the practice will be respect, responsibility but also value self-care. We have everything that we need inside ourselves and when the power and the ego become less an issue it’s easier to focus on what we really need to focus on.

We need to know how to be relational because we are relational being and we need to honor that. We want to make sure to connect with the humanity of other people otherwise we’ll always see them as others and not like the one we want to connect with. And in order to achieve this, dialogue must be the key.

Everyone who feels concerned by the youth can wonder how we can teach and practice the skills required so the peace becomes the norm in our schools.

Teaching Peace in schools can transform our world. There is so much encouraging work around the world but we need to carry on.

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING 

Social and emotional learningSocial and emotional learning is the process which through children applies the knowledge, the attitude and skills necessary to understand, manage emotion, feel and show empathy for others. It’s also about establishing and maintaining positive relationships to make responsible decisions.

Learning is only effective in a supportive context to make learning meaningful. It really helps kids to have more understanding in their lives. A simple practice is the meditation which will reduce stress and increase the performance.

The key is also to make learning something challenging, engaging and meaningful. The goal is to help those kids to become caring parents, good employers or employees…

As we are living in a very competitive world, if the children can self-regulate, manage their own emotion, they will boost their academic performance. There would be less emotional stress, good social behavior and also less problems of drugs or alcohol.

If we want a compassionate and tolerant society, we need to teach these skills at school.

In each school where they experienced the social and emotional learning, data show that the climate in the class has changed. Less disturbing behavior, even teachers can feel there is a more peaceful environment and they also notice improvements in reading, math…

The key is also that everyone should use the same language even after school with the parents so it could become a way a being and how to be in the world. So it’s necessary to include the parents in the process as they are the role model.

Healthy food is also a key point which has to be part of the whole process. Children need to eat fresh food to increase their energy level.

Teach them how to eat, to relax, how to reduce their stress, increase their focus attention and awareness. They can become more and more aware, cultivate their own awareness and pay attention to what’s going on inside them.

It helps them to create this space between the stimulus and the reaction they are able to give. They can stay away from bad situations.

NVC modelA radical quality of social change can be done within these following steps:

  • Identify the key allies in the school and who are the people having the power to shift the actual structure
  • Celebrate what’s already going great and listen with empathy to find out what’s not going the way you’d like
  • Use nonviolent communication which is the language of the heart and can be seen as the democracy in action. As far as the kids are concerned, it’s only awakening what’s already inside. They are already emotionally connected. Parents and teachers needs to be taught.

This process needs to be experienced and seen by teachers. They have to realize by themselves they can do differently and have to be inspired to do it. And only under those circumstances, they would be the agent of the change.

We need to help the teachers so they can support the next generation. It can put an end to the violence in our world and so everyone will finally see the humanity of each other rather than see the other as an enemy. Opening your heart and holding the intention to care for each other and we can make everyone’s life more beautiful.

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Author: Amelie Paterne

Editor: Ioana Frandes

“Giving Birth to the Light of a New Consciousness” – Conference in Madrid

A new Global Prenatal Initiative – International Year of Light 2015 event is taking place in December in Madrid.

It will be discuss the importance of prenatal life, the moment of birth and their long-term consequences.

It has been showed scientifically that we are beings of light and our bodies radiate light. In this conference we will learn how to use light during pregnancy – mainly the sunlight and the colors we find in nature.

Date: Thursday 3rd December, 18:00

Location: Centro La Puente Creativa, C/S. Bernardino 15 Madrid

Speakers:

Carmen Carballo, Proffesor of Art History

Pilar Vizcaino, Psychologist and Hypnotherapist – Member of ANEP Association for Prenatal Education.

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Antenatal mental health: Keeping the baby in mind

1001 Critical Days Lecture Series Programme 2014 2015

This symposium will provide a forum to examine the moral, scientific, and economic case for investment in the antenatal period. Dr Seneviratne will examine the prevalence of mental health problems in the antenatal period, and the consequences in terms of their impact on the rapidly developing foetus; Dr Pawlby will discuss the role of the mother’s own childhood experiences in terms of her antenatal mental health and the intergenerational transmission of mental health problems; Professor Ayers will examine the impact of trauma and PTSD in the life-history of the pregnant woman; Dr Reissland will present her work on fetal behaviour and responses to maternal stress; Professor Glover will examine the economic costs of antenatal mental health problems and Professor Barlow will discuss evidence-based methods of working to support both the mother and unborn baby.

Opening Speaker

A pioneer in the field of consciousness and early parenting Julie Gerland is the Founder and Director of The Holistic Parenting Programme: Preconception to Birth & Beyond… The program educates and empowers future parents from pre-conception preparation to after birth. She is a co-author, a passionate and compassionate international presenter, workshop leader and professional trainer. Julie currently represents a non-governmental organisation for prenatal education associations which enjoys Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Please note: This event is reserved to invited people.