Beach

Being Mindful at the Beach

“One of the reasons we love the beach is that so many things invite us into the present moment: the sound of waves crashing on the shore, the flight of sea gulls, the moist, salty air and the feel of sand between our toes. By bringing attention to our moment-to-moment experience, the beach can be a wonderful place to practice mindfulness, and by doing so, enhance our joy and appreciation of the present.” — Mark Coleman, a mindfulness teacher and author of  “Make Peace With Your Mind.” As you arrive at…

Smelting or Melting?

What is the difference between smelting and melting? During the last week of the 2018-2019 school year, Lotus sophomore, Celeste used a small furnace to demonstrate to the teachers and students how to create small, abstract shapes of metal. She heated the furnace beyond the melting point of the metal (brass, in this case). She then placed a solid chunk of brass into the melting chamber. When the solid was liquified, Celeste used tongs to carefully lift the pot out of the furnace and pour the molten liquid…

Listening Skills for Parents

Here is a helpful podcast and article from the website Growing Nimble Families for anyone who lives or works with kids! Getting our children to listen to us is a frustration most of us face daily. Getting our spouse, siblings, work colleagues to listen to us too. Listening skills is one of those things that some people have and many of us can learn to do better. Last time we talked about the listening ups and downs. Today we’re looking at some solutions…

Loving Kindness And Your Brain Health

At The Lotus School, students are encouraged to practice not just mindfulness but loving-kindness too.  We know that mindfulness helps students focus, but there is a school of thought that loving-kindness can help with brain health.  Loving-kindness involves bringing to mind someone you love, and wishing that they are safe, well, and happy – either out loud or to yourself. The practice continues by extending these well wishes outward to those around you: maybe a more neutral party, or even a difficult person in your life.  Repeating these phrases feels good in the moment,…

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts Merit Scholarship

Merit Scholarship Opportunity

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts has a merit scholarship opportunity available for Spring 2020. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to students in grades 9-12 who will not only enhance the vibrant community at The Lotus School of Liberal Arts, but also add to the school’s compassionate, mindful, and lifelong learning atmosphere. Eligible candidates should be able to show their ongoing commitment to the following:      Service to others      Leadership      Academic integrity For more information or to apply visit…

Starting School Later is Better

American teenagers are chronically sleep-deprived. As children enter puberty, physiological changes delay the onset of sleep and make it more difficult to wake up early in the morning. By the end of middle school, there is a large disconnect between biological sleep patterns and early-morning school schedules: one study found that students lose as much as two hours of sleep per night during the school year compared to the summer months, when they can better control their sleep schedules. This article by educationnext.org talks about the impact such deficits…