Month: April 2009

“Through the Ear of a Raindrop”: Thoughts about Listening

by Dr Angel Adams, Dr Patricia Papciak

Listening can be one of the most important tools for living. If we listen attentively when others are speaking, we often learn something we’ve never considered before. We are given new food for thought. When you are speaking, some people listen and then give you a thoughtful answer to whatever you are talking about, but others interrupt before you have finished your sentence. Some listen to your sentence, but as soon as you have finished they take what you have said and relate it to themselves. They can only hear what you have said if it means something to them personally. Some people seem to be listening when you speak, but they don’t say anything when you have finished.

What about you? What kind of a listener are you? Read more

Transforming Depression: How Using Courage and Thinking Skills Can Change Brain Rewiring

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak

“I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all.
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Mark Twain once said that “Life doesn’t consist so much of facts and events. Instead, it consists mainly of the storm of thoughts blowing endlessly through my mind”. What thoughts do we allow to blow through our minds? Some people feel like they don’t have a choice when depressive, negative or intrusive thoughts arrive without invitation. It is our belief that we all have a choice in how we relate to our uninvited thoughts, emotions and pain. Most of us are simply doing what we have learned to do to survive dark moods, but we can also learn the tools to help us relate to them differently. Read more

What Can the Hornbills Teach Us About Sharing?

by Dr Angel Adams, Dr Patricia Papciak

“If you want to go fast, go alone
if you want to go far, go together.”

– African proverb

We would like to tell a few stories about sharing. First, we have a friend who works at a zoo who recently told us about the hornbills. They are very exotic birds that come from tropical forests in Thailand, Malaysia, India and Africa. The hornbills are extremely interesting because they have monogamous relationships that last for life. The main reason for this is that their reproduction process requires the female hornbill to trust the male hornbill to feed her for 4 ½ months during the incubation period of her eggs. Before mating, he offers her a food gift (an insect or a fruit). The nest is usually made in a tree hole. She, in fact, muds herself into it! She closes her nest completely with mud and dung and leaves open only enough space for her partner to give her food through this opening during the time she is inside the nest. Can you imagine that Mr Hornbill can bring up to 24,000 fruits for Mrs Hornbill during the whole period of nesting? Wow! Read more

Nature conservation

Ways to Teach your Children to Value and Conserve Water

Last Sunday, March 22, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as World Water Day because 1 billion people around the world lack access to improved water supply. We all know that we could not survive without water, and yet we use it and throw it around as though it were something worthlessly disposable. We rarely stop and appreciate its unimaginable value.

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