Buddhist practice in child rearing

Having a young child, I constantly struggle with priorities, and balancing the wants and the needs. I have always inclined to Buddhism, but I find very little time to delve into serious study and practice, it’s more like a subject I am fond off and is close to my heart. I came across a very nice…

Ups and downs of gardening

It’s felt much longer but we had started the gardening project just a month ago. The joy it brings is hard to describe. And it’s a learning process as well.  Initially we planted strawberry plants, onions, cucumber, two tomato plants, kohlrabis and broccoli. And two beautiful hydrangeas. One night at the end of April, the…

Gardening – the pilot

This month, one of my dreams came true. For a few years, I have been thinking about trying to grow my own vegetables, herbs and flowers. I am a city type of person, thats feels at my best at a cafe, but it seems that the legacy gene has resurfaced. I’ve been drawn closer to…

To be or not to be – Montessori vs. Mindfulness

Over the last months, I had a chance to get a bit familiar with the subject of mindfulness. Being new to that concept, at least methodologically, the best I can describe it is, simply – living in the moment, be present in the situation that is happening. The mind likes to wander. After reading about…

Where beauty meets beauty

This weekend I took part in a flower workshop organized by the National gallery.  We had a flower-themed lecture by an art historian, where we viewed photographs, paintings and sculptures and listened to accompanying historical facts about potraying plants and flowers in the art. It was almost surreal, the venue, the distant chatter of gallery…

So the spring has arrived!

It was unthinkable just a couple of days ago, but the spring is indeed here. We went to a local marketplace on a sunny Saturday morning, to buy some vegetables and fruits – garlic, young onions, tomatoes, Brussel sprouts, paprika and apples. The moment we entered, I noticed an old gentleman carring a bunch of…

Thinking about spring

After several very busy weeks, the deadline for a project deliverable finally came, and this weekend was a reward for me. I spent it at my mum’s house. While my mum and Ema were cooking and baking – something they love to do, I went flower shopping. I was roaming the flower shops of my…

The emotional storm within parent’s mind

….of a parent to a 3 years old, to be precise. Because really, I hope it gets better with time. Why an emotional storm? And that’s to put it mildly, let’s say : a storm within a monsoon period. Young kids are very dynamic, and that dictates the rhythm of the daily life.  Various activities…

The magic of arranging flowers

The time spent by arranging flowers, is the time when I completely forget about the world around me. A bomb can explode next to me, and I would be like “just hold on…. ”. To pick flowers, whether in a shop, in a garden or a meadow, is already so enjoyable. But the process of…

Montessori’s sensitive periods

In Montessori, there are so called “sensitive periods” in the life of a child when the child demonstrates an interest in a particular knowledge or skill, and is able to spend a lot of time deepening that knowledge. It seems that, it can be also brought by the circumstances. We fought with a series of…

Mental note: Keep your advice to yourself!

That’s a harsh beginning, isn’t it? That’s what I learned to tell myself when I was trying to adapt the Montessori principles in various situations. The Montessori approach allows kids to explore and use their owns ways to explore. A very good example is the very simple act of taking kids outside, for a walk. Me, being…

Traveling with kid(s)

We were avid travelers before we had a kid, and that hasn’t changed much. We just have changed our modus operandi for traveling. Here are some of our tips to be able to travel, and enjoy ourselves, and make the kid happy too! Destinations closer to home, preferably by plane. This has several advantages. Short…