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Teaching children meditation

*** Free 45-minute webinar Saturday July 1st, 2017 10am EST Recordings of webinar available for purchase for $30. *** Do you have an active meditation practice? Or, did you have one before becoming a parent? Even if you are completely new to meditation, are you interested in building upon the proven benefits of this practice and encouraging your children to join you in cultivating mindfulness? Author, mother, and meditation teacher Amy Wright Glenn reflects often upon the benefits of introducing children to…

  • June 19, 2017
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

In this circle no fear

In this circle, no fear In this circle, deep peace In this circle, great happiness In this circle, safety  We gathered by the sea. Women who hold space for thresholds. Women who hold the hands of the birthing and the dying.  We gathered to learn, share, inspire, restore. Through yoga, meditation, open discussion, and deep listening, we emerged transformed. The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death is powerful. It is radiant with life. Enjoy these photos from our October…

  • October 13, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Dr. Laura Markham

  “America’s Parenting Coach” That’s what I entitled my most recent feature article for PhillyVoice. “America’s parenting coach: Dr. Laura Markham on peaceful parenting practices.” Over the last two years, I’ve watched Dr. Laura Markham’s influence grow dramatically. I couldn’t be more pleased. All of us interact with children at some level. It may be on the bus, at school, at a park, or in our homes. I have a friend in prison and he wrote me recently lamenting the…

Homebirth Cesarean

As mentioned in author and doula Ananda Lowe’s recent NPR piece, the term “homebirth cesarean” didn’t exist before 2011. However, today more and more birth professionals have picked up the lexicon which refers to “a planned out-of-hospital birth that ends in the hospital operating room.” Cesarean surgery is the most commonly preformed surgery in the US. One-third of all American children are born via cesarean section. While America’s high cesarean rates are certainly concerning, for mothers who hope to deliver in…

  • March 21, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Reciprocity and Kindness

During a cross-country road trip, my husband and I stop at Subway for a much needed break. We are both hungry and anxious to get some lunch. Upon entering, we find the place understaffed and overcrowded. Hoping to make a quick stop, we end up waiting in line for 25 minutes. Finally it’s our turn. Exasperated, I make no attempt to do anything but place my order. As we walk back to our white pick-up truck, my husband turns to…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Toddler Time at the Nature Center

In 1916, the wild Cypress Creek wetlands of Coconut Creek, Florida were drained. This morning, I drive to Fern Forest Nature Center to visit the 247 acres of what remains. I want my 22-month-old son and to see our south Florida homeland untouched by housing developments, strip malls, and busy roadways. I park and help my little one out of the car seat. He wants to bring his “truck book” along. So, I tuck it in my backpack knowing that…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

“I’m not taking any births right now.”

The purple bag is packed. In fact, I’ve had it ready now for two weeks. Lovingly assembled doula items wait patiently. “I’m on call right now,” I tell my religion and philosophy students at a New Jersey preparatory boarding school. I place my cell phone on the large wooden table that is the centerpiece of our discussion-based class. My students understand the need for a break in our usual no cell phone policy. My phone sits silently as we analyze,…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Cancer at Christmas: Reflections on Gratitude and Hope

It’s a quiet day in the hospital. My footsteps echo down the cold, clean corridor. I pass the gift shop and notice red and green tinsel decorations signifying the season of celebration and light. As a chaplain, I witness people grieve, love, heal, and die. How to wrestle with the reality of the body’s fragility – of the body’s inevitable date with death – at a time when so much of the world celebrates a joyful birth? The juxtaposition between…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn