Category: Article

Can One Person Change Your Life Forever?

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak

If you treat a person as he is, he will remain as he is. If you treat him for what he could be, he will become what he could be.

-Author Unknown-

Walking in my grandfather's footsteps

Walking in My Grandfather’s Footsteps

Do you remember who it was that dramatically changed your views and sent you in a different direction on your inspired journey? Thinking back there may have been one or two people or a handful, if you are lucky, who changed your life. Perhaps it started in childhood when someone took an interest in you and uplifted you in a way that it made a huge difference in how you viewed yourself and your own potential. In fact, that person believed in you when no one else ever thought of doing so. This had a life changing knock-on effect which set off an astounding chain of events, perhaps influencing you to discover your particular career path or life purpose. Read more

How Can Your Smile Make a Child Thrive?

by Dr Angel Adams; Dr Pilar Placone

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

-Thich Nhat Hanh-

Smiling child

© Emma Louise Brett 2010

A few weeks ago I went to a conference in California and met up with a colleague, Dr Pilar Placone, who I had not seen in over 20 years. After all these years it was delightful to discover that we had so much in common. In our clinical practice we resonated with similar interests in neuroscience and therapeutic approaches; especially parent-child attachment therapy and mindfulness. I felt very privileged to have been invited to one of Dr Placone’s parent classes. I watched how her program helped guide parents to a more connected state within themselves which created a deeper connection, a “felt sense” within their child. Mindfulness is a way of observing thoughts, feelings and sensory input in the present moment without reacting, distracting, or escaping from them, but rather learning to accept them in a non-judgemental way. The following article written by Pilar is about how the simple, yet powerful act of smiling can reduce stress and enhance the parent-child bond (no matter how old your child is)… Read more

When to Give and When Not to Give

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak

“To keep a lamp burning, we have to put oil in it.”
-Mother Teresa

Burning oil lamp

What does generosity mean to you? We all love someone who is a generous person and are repelled by someone who is selfish or stingy. Often a person’s giving nature has little to do with anything of material value but more to do with their attitude and generosity of spirit. We feel the generosity of others when they come to us with a relaxed presence. Their facial expressions and body language make us feel valued and comfortable just being with them. When they speak, there is a gentle quality that relaxes the psychological barriers between people. It is easy to be around this kind of person, easy to open up and we often desire to be more like them. Read more

Staying Focused and Connected: It’s the little moments that count the most

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak

The greatest gift you can give your child is your self.

-Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn

A wolf and her cub.

If you’ve been watching the Australian Open tennis matches in the past few weeks, you’ve seen each player working his way to the finals. The commentators say time after time, “Look how focused he is when he makes that shot.” Or “Focus is the name of the game.” It’s a constant discussion of directing attention to the one major goal at hand. Focus is such an important part of any athletic endeavour because it requires the mind and the body to work together towards the one performance goal. Read more

Sunrise over sea

Rise up and Wise-up: Ways to Consciously Create Your Day

You have probably heard the idiom “He/she got up on the wrong side of the bed.” This expression originates from the ancient superstition that it was bad luck to put one's left foot down first when getting out of bed. Today it simply means a person who woke up in a lousy or grumpy mood, started their day on the “wrong foot”, and in turn, it negatively affected what happened that day. The start-of-the day mood actually has a profound influence on the essence of your day. How do you spend the beginning of your day?

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Dawn rainbow

Goodwill and Acts of Kindness

Have you ever heard the expression Assume Goodwill? Have you ever thought about what that really means? It’s an attitude. You live your life with the mindset that people in your life want to be kind, gracious and fair. You assume that although your world may not be perfect, you can develop a healthy attitude that the people you interact with on a daily basis will usually respond from a place of kindness, thoughtfulness and fairness.

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How to Become Calm in the Midst of Chaos

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak

“Look not mournfully into the past; it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present; it is the thing. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and a manly heart”

– Longfellow

Image: A dove

© (CC) Ian Burt

There is something that happens to our brain and physical functioning when we are in a calm place. Neuroplasticity is the term that neuroscientists use to explain how the brain is changing all the time. If we are calm there are signals that go to the brain that are quite different than when we are stressed. Our brain is literally a reflection of our personal world, based on every thought we think and its accumulation of information and all our experiences. According to neuroscientists, our brain upscales all of this into its hardware everyday and this continues for the rest of our lives. Read more

Building Parent-Teacher Relationships

by Dr Angel Adams, Dr Patricia Papciak

It’s not what is poured into a student that counts, but what is planted

-Linda Conway-

Image: Photo of green plant shoots

It’s been about a month since school started again after the summer holiday. Your child has changed teachers, or schools, and new ideas have set swirling in their minds. They have reconnected with friends and generally pass the day in a pleasant way that enriches them. For the parents of those kids who are content and settled, this makes life easier for them.

For parents of children with special needs however, life is not so easy. Read more