Travel & Experience Places & People Unlike Yourself to Appreciate Cultural Diversity

Appreciate Cultural Diversity Through Travel & Experiencing People & Cultures Unlike Yourself

Every time you go somewhere new, you become a new person … with a new perspective, new experiences, and new insights. The more you travel and experience new things, the easier it becomes to appreciate cultural diversity, and to transform your life.

Tears started streaming down my face as I read the article and watched the video mentioned below about cultural diversity in the classroom.

Experiencing and appreciating cultural diversity is one of many reasons I love to travel. This is why I love moving to different locations, meeting new people and surrounding myself, enveloping myself, in the different energies of ethnicity, of belief, of tradition and history, of the colors and texture of diversity, in order to understand the beautiful tapestry of humanity and truly KNOW and become ONE with it.

Enjoying the Company of Others

As a young child, my father sometimes traveled with business, and on occasion, my mom and I would come along. We once spent a week in Birmingham, Alabama and every day when the housekeepers (all African American women) were finished cleaning the rooms, they sat in a circle of chairs at the end of our hall, told stories, and laughed. I begged my mom to let me join them. They said they didn’t mind. Every day I sat with them and listened to their stories and laughed too. I have no idea what they thought of the skinny little blonde girl from Texas.

As we studied history in school and I read about the atrocities inflicted on the Native Americans, the African Americans, the Chinese and so many of the other cultures by the white people, I would weep, not being able to understand how anyone could mistreat another.

A White Chic (chick) Living in a Non-White World

It was so odd at first to be living as a minority, a white woman in a sea of beautiful brown skin, dark eyes and hair, of the Native American, Spanish, and Mexican cultures of New Mexico. At 5’4″, I was actually rather tall for a female. It was there that I was so blessed …

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Homeschool Parenting For Successful Open-Minded Kids

Homeschool Parenting for Successful Open-Minded Kids

Parenting isn’t easy. Homeschool parenting is even more of a challenge when the goal is to develop successful open-minded children and adults.

As a homeschool parent, I definitely take the “parent” thing much more seriously than some. I took the school’s responsibility completely out of the equation. It was both a terrifying and deeply humbling decision … Read more

What Does the Golden Rule Have to do with Education and High Self Esteem?

Thomas Moore said, “What if schools saw the care of children’s souls as their primary mission, coloring all ‘educational’ activities?”

What a powerful thought!

Studies show kids go in to first grade with high self esteem. By the time they graduate high school, self confidence has plummeted. From that jumping off point they are supposed to go to college or off into a workplace and thrive. Some do. For many others though, life continues as a serious struggle.

Much of my work is helping people regain confidence, courage, and clarity after having been battered around by life’s various circumstances. Things would be so much easier for everyone concerned if the esteem piece was already intact as they face these challenges.

But when a person living in doubt and low self w0rth is hit over the head by what I call “the metaphysical 2×4 up side the head,” (cancer, unfaithful spouse, death of a loved one, job loss, etc.), the dark night of the soul that ensues is horrific.

Self esteem is something it takes years to repair. If people were HAALTMed (honored, accepted, appreciated, and loved – my words for how to treat someone properly) at home, school, and everywhere else …

WOW this would be a very different world.

If you truly live by the Golden Rule, that is how you treat everyone.

No one said stepping into Magnificence, becoming personally empowered, and evolving spiritually was easy.

But oh is it worth it!

Have a Magnificent Day!

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If you enJOYed this article, read more about the Golden Rule, found in all the world’s major religions, here: http://www.magnificentu.com/living-by-the-golden-rule/ 

For a deeper look at it from an esoteric spiritual perspective: http://www.magnificentu.com/learning-to-ride-the-waves-of-life/

For an even deeper dive into self esteem from a far greater mystical perspective: http://www.magnificentu.com/beloved-by-debbie-takara-shelor/

Because Texting and Driving is Stupid, Get a Voice App for Your Smartphone to Use on the Road

Texting + Driving = Stupid

Every now and then the safety-conscious engineer in me looks at a situation and just thinks, “something about this needs to change.” Texting and driving is one of those situations …

 

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My son recently got his learner’s permit and has started learning to drive.

It was cause to reflect on how things have changed so drastically since I was learning to drive some 30+ years ago.

There are a lot more cars on the road for one thing.

There are more traffic lights, more roads have been built, and a great deal more traffic on all the roads we travel.

And then there is texting drivers.

I was behind a car the other day where the driver was texting. It was a very busy road, full of cars and stop lights, and she kept weaving from being off near the shoulder to crossing the middle line into the lane of oncoming traffic. I pulled up beside her at a stoplight and got to see first hand that it was indeed texting causing all the problem with her driving ability. That driver is a disaster waiting to happen.

She is just one example of a prolific problem facing all drivers on the roadways now – other drivers who are spending more time looking at their phones, than they are on the road or in their mirrors.

It used to be that there were only a few times a day that you had to be extra cautious because something unexpected might happen.

If you live in or near rural areas, then you know that you have to watch out for deer and other wildlife trying to cross the road right around twilight.

Late at night, especially on weekends, it has always been a good idea to be on extra high alert for anyone that appears to be drinking and driving.

The rest of the time, you could proceed by being alert, slowing down around corners, being watchful as you pop over a hill or go around a blind corner that you may need to brake if something unusual is happening on the road up ahead.

But now with drivers on the road who are texting, you have to be hyper-vigilant every moment of every day because so many others are not paying attention.

I believe that no-one should ever text and drive. Either pull over to text or don’t text at all.

There is another alternative, however, and that is to use a smartphone app that lets you speak to text.

For iPhone, the app is called Siri.

For Android, there are many choices. I use Skyvi.

Anyone with a smartphone knows you can add apps.

Learning to use this one is very important. With that in mind, I’ve included these videos on how to use Siri and Skyvi.

Lives depend on safe, focused drivers who are paying attention.

Do your part when you are on the road and PLEASE teach your kids how important this is as well!

 

To Circumsize or Not to Circumsize – Saving Chase

Here is a thorny subject – for some a subject so taboo they won’t even talk about it – on the “rightness” or “wrongness” of genital mutilation. We scream and say “you are such bad people” when we read about how it is done to women across the globe. Yet here in the U.S. and other Western nations, it happens every single day to baby boys.

A judge ordered a child’s Guardian to circumcise a 4 year old boy. You can read more about that here: http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2014/11/court_circumcision_4-year-old.php

And here is the campaign about it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/357342571110808/

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I personally believe that the human body was created in perfection – at least as we have evolved thus far. The systems and features are of a good design and when the body is born without defects and is fed “good” food, pure water, the body gets plenty of rest, sun light, and exercise, it is a magnificent biological machine that operates amazingly well.

My mom used to say whenever I asked for pierced ears, “If God wanted holes in your head, he would have put them there.” There were a lot of rules like that at my house. So I moved out the day after I graduated high school and had my ears pierced that evening. LOL.

I believe that if the male body was not supposed to have foreskin, it wouldn’t.

Your response might be, “Yes, but in the bible it says, … ”

Well there’s the rub. Either you believe that Divine Creator (God by whatever name) knows what its doing or you don’t.

There are tons of good reasons NOT to mutilate the genitals of young boys that include both psychological well being as well as body functionality. Complications from this surgery does cause death and permanent health issues for some patients every year. Here are just a few: http://www.intactamerica.org/resources/decision.

The only reason to circumcise is fear of displeasing an angry judgmental God and to conform to society’s expectation that you appease this angry judgmental God. Yet the bible also says God is love.

I personally don’t worship an angry judgmental God that forces you to abuse your children.

But hey, that’s just me.

 

 

 

*Child image used with permission from his mother.

Corporal Punishment (spanking) and Motivating Kids

When ever I see or hear someone spanking their child, I cringe.

I parent by intuition, never use corporal punishment, and so far my kid has turned out great.

Continued use of corporal punishment left me feeling like I was a bad person and no matter what I did, it wasn’t enough, that I wasn’t good enough. Its been a giant weight around the neck causing self-doubt, poor self-esteem, and a need to succeed motivated by terror of failure and punishment rather than the shear pleasure of accomplishment.

It took years to climb out of that hole. But based on my background, I could never do that to another human being and it pains me to watch others do it. Because there are sensitive souls like myself that it does more long-term harm to than good.

There are lots of ways to motivate kids that don’t involve physical abuse.

Find the thing they love the most and take it away or threaten to and actually do it if they continue the behavior.

You have to be consistent in the result of an action. If you let something slide sometimes and not others, then the kid has no clear boundaries about what is, and is not, O.K.

You have to start young teaching manners, the golden rule, helping out, being kind, doing no harm, never telling a lie, that their body is a temple and you have to take care of it, etc. By the time they get older, those things are already well established.

And, when you homeschool, the kid gets to pursue their passions, learning and experiencing the things that drive their curiosity and enthusiasm. Because of that, they become motivated to achieve and don’t get in nearly as much trouble as those who are forced to take this class, sit still for how ever long, go places they don’t want to go, etc. When they have more say than that about their life, they rebel less.

Every kid is different of course, and therefore what motivates and creates positive behavior in one person will not work for the next.

You have to really know the kid and what makes them tick.

It’s vastly easier with just one. I really love that thing they said in the Celestine Prophecy about every kid needs one adult’s full-time attention. It doesn’t have to be the same adult all the time.

Just yesterday, one of my good friends who hadn’t seen us in awhile said this about Jess: “He’s the ‘oldest’ 15 year old I’ve ever met.” The things he says and the things he is interested in are very different than the average teen. He has a very diverse group of friends – from edgy heavy-metal loving kids to serious physics nerds and a little bit of everything in between.

One of the best ways to “fix” behavior is to change the diet. Good food tends to create good people. Sugar and food allergies affect the emotions sometimes in drastic ways.

Life is never black and white. It is usually infinite shades of gray. If the current correction method isn’t working, then its time to try something else and perhaps get some advice from other parents or experts in the field.

 

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Sailing Through Homeschooling

Here’s a great article about traveling and homeschool:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/39328391

Brian, the owner/captain of the yacht I’m on at the moment, is friends with the family on the sailing vessel Totem mentioned in this article. We haven’t caught up with them yet in the South Pacific, but we have encountered a couple of other families homeschooling and sailing.

What a fabulous experience for all involved.

Enjoy!

 

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Homeschooled Kids Rock!

Homeschooled kids are amazing!

One of my facebook friends just posted this link.

Cab-Schooled Student Earned Ticket To Harvard

You can read about, and listen to the story, here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128674314

You go girl!

Yes, as a homeschool mom, I am a bit biased. Some pretty impressive people were homeschooled including Albert Einstein, the Wright Brothers, George Washington, Thomas Edison, and many others. There’s a pretty good list at this link: http://www.homeschoolacademy.com/famoushomeschoolers.htm

The truth is, all kids are fabulous and my dearest hope and prayer is that they all grow up in the best environment possible to help them shine and become all that they can be. For some that is homeschooling. For others its public or private school. May they each be blessed with exactly what they need to succeed.

Want to know more about homeschooling, visit my site to learn more about what it is, the various forms it takes – including riding in a big rig – and if the choice might be right for you and your family. http://www.homeschoolsantafe.com.

Have a great day,

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