Tapping inner resources using the Nurtured Heart Approach®
Each of us has unique inner gifts to share with the world. I want to:
  • inspire educators, parents and other caregivers
  • celebrate inner resources, and
  • share the journey of learning and living the Nurtured Heart Approach®.
Lots of minds are on summer as school terms come to a close. In this issue I share a variety of ideas that might support new routines with a focus on positivity. As always, thank you for all you do to SHINE! 
Included below are nuggets and resources useful to any NHA® practitioner. This is NOT a substitute for NHA training. Subscribe now!

The 90 Second Rule

According to stroke survivor and neuroanatomist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of My Stroke of Insight, we can attend to our cognitive, emotional and physiological circuitry through mindfulness. We can learn to recognize a trigger and give it the opportunity to completely flush out of the body. 

Bolte Taylor asserts, “I have the power to observe this circuitry rather than engage with it and it takes less than 90 seconds for those emotional circuits to complete their cycle.”

Try these steps next time you’re triggered by a stressful situation.

  1. Tune into the feeling; acknowledge it without giving into it.
  2. Make a decision to shift your thinking and attend elsewhere (focus on breath, count, move, clench, etc.).
  3. Give your brain something else to do that is focused on something more calming and positive (notice color, smells, body sensations, nature, etc.).
  4. Move your thoughts away from the stressful trigger toward a more powerful and purposeful story.

Give yourself the 90 seconds it takes to allow the emotion to flush through you and refuse to engage in a negativity loop.

Many of us are transitioning to new routines with the onset of summer. Brains will be scanning for safety and threat. In this video, Dr. Bolte Taylor explains brain function and circuitry with a focus on changes brought on during the teenage years. She explains “We are feeling people who think,” urging youth and adults to attend to mental health and to work toward balancing our dominant left brain.

Watch. Describe. Document.

Remember the list of nutritiously rich words you received when you attended an NHA training and learned about recognitions? Get it out, sit back, observe, and make a list. Any moment is an opportunity to zoom in on greatness.
For the purpose of illustration, I'm  imagining readers looking at a screen reading this newsletter. I generated the list (above or at the right) from the Emotionally Nutritious Words and the Key Words of Greatness to Academic Acquisition & Achievements lists provided by the Children's Success Foundation. If in person, I would share example behaviors you've demonstrated while reading this newsletter that reflect these qualities.
Making a list of characteristics you see is a strategy you might use to increase your attention to values and skills you want to reinforce. Then you can share your list. Take time to explain more fully with evidence and conversation about positive choices.

Energetic Options 

Think about the energy behind the statements below. How would they make you feel?

Energize Negativity -
I kept these short...
you get the idea...


Express Empathy, Clarity
and Positivity

  • Don’t even think about complaining. Now settle down and finish eating.

  • Hurry up, put your uniform on. Why won’t you even try?! I know you can.

  • I knew there’d be a problem if I let you take the car.

  • I can tell you’re unhappy. Our rule is you eat what is served. I’ve seen you take some bites even though you said you didn’t like it. I see your effort.

  • Sometimes figuring out new equipment can be hard. I love seeing you taking a risk and challenging yourself to figure out how the buckles work.

  • I love that you told me about the problem right away. I’m not happy about the scratch. I am happy that you have the courage to own up to a mistake.

Summer Fun

Use bubbles to teach about breathing.

Watch the plants and flowers together. Talk about growth and change.
Write positive messages on sidewalks.

"Squeeze the day!" and give the lemonade for free.

Choose any word and take turns saying it to express different emotions.

Some June Events

June 12, 2018, 12:00-1:00 -- Madison, GO!
A webinar for NHA trainers to celebrate greatness. - Online

June 12, 2018, 6:00-7:30 --  Heroes Meeting
Join this parent group to share successes and discus NHA principles. - Stoner Prairie Elementary School, Fitchburg

June 21, 2018, 8:00-3:00 -- Wisconsin Education Innovations
Notching Up the NHA: Mindfulness, Classroom Culture, and Coaching - Verona Area High School
(Also offered August 14, 2018 through VASD)

Please contact me for details!
Shine From Within Events Page
"There is no angry way to say bubbles."
The Nurtured Heart Approach is copyrighted material belonging to Howard Glasser and the Children's Success Foundation.
As stated above, the material in this newsletter is not a substitute for NHA training.
Copyright © Paula Wick, PhD. 2018 SHINE FROM WITHIN CONSULTING, All rights reserved.

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