Time…Its time…. They say all good things must come to an end, when I look at my feet today I am thinking yes it’s time…time to return to the convenience of a hot shower and perhaps a good lather of soap!
What an incredible journey, 12 days, 3,000km ….Now with a new found sense of peace it’s time for me to return home and continue my work…
Just as my regular practice of yoga keeps my body healthy, my regular practice of The Listening Program keeps my brain healthy.
Today I thought about how there is much value and awareness on our children eating well for healthy bodies, but the value and awareness of good brain health in our kids is often missed.
Regular use of The Listening Program supports good brain processing; the importance of maintenance listening is very significant. I have many families still using their Listening Program (TLP) some 5 or more years later. After all it’s a drug free, non-invasive, gentle way to support the brain. I have numerous documented cases and an army of committed parents to support my position of the benefits of repeating a cycle of TLP annually. So to anyone reading this today not doing their listening, time to take it out the cupboard charge it up and start nurturing your brain once again.
Develop your own healthy practice today for both Body and Brain – Namaste x
Those of you who know my youngest well, know we have a long history of being caught reading at the wrong times….the top of monkey bars, 3am, whilst skateboarding and yes even in the shower! In fact, a while back he was banned from reading in the mornings until he was ready for school- go figure!
You would think it would be hard to read out here with no power, but no as you see there is Always a Way!
So too it is with our kids, when learning is difficult and it seems like it’s never going to happen. Remember there is Always a Way. Always a Way to Learn. Just as, once my son had the right “set up” he could read tonight, once the brain has the right “set up” it can learn. We innately want to learn, only when there is some kind of road block does that learning become frustrating and a negative experience. When many of the kids I work with start The Listening Program they seem to magically start to progress in reading, language and literacy, its more that the brain now has the right “set up” and just like my son was incredibly happy sitting here tonight being able to read in darkness these kids become incredibly happy that their darkness has also been illuminated.
Shine a light on their learning potentials tonight
It’s not always Black and White
Just as this photograph today looks black and white- let me tell you, truth is this waterfall has the most gorgeous colours far more beautiful than any camera could capture. When we look at our children in a black and white perspective we will always miss the rainbows of possibilities. The behaviours and difficulties they exhibit may seem black and white, but the underlying causes are as complex as the colours of a rainbow. Just as I can manipulate this black and white image and draw out all the beautiful colours, so too we can manipulate the way the brain is processing and draw out all the colours of possibility.
Let your child live their life in colour……
Day 8 – Stunningly Unique – Nourlangie Rocks
When I climbed up here my first thoughts were what an incredibly harsh environment I was in. However, as I sat here doing my Listening Program I looked at the fascinating uniqueness in every single rock surrounding me. This got me thinking about the kids I work with; they are all stunningly unique. I thought about how sometimes that beautiful quality is viewed negatively because they don’t quite fit a mould or seem different to other kids. Whilst my therapy focuses on reducing sensory dysfunctions I never want to suppress their beautiful individual brightness. My goal is simply to help them process sensory input in their world more efficiently so that they may enjoy and thrive living in it and then shine brightly in their true stunning uniqueness just like these stunning rock transformations.
PS …No I couldn’t watch the climb up or down!
It got me thinking about the children we work with and how sometimes the changes we see can be difficult for us as parents to accept. “Be careful what you wake up” words spoken to me by Alex Doman founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies nearly 15 years ago. I have never forgotten them and have been presented with many many delightful examples of his words over the years. To explain -think of the child who drifted along, had little opinion for what or how something happened suddenly with the new found confidence in their world they have evolved into quite a different individual that now has an opinion and wants to have a say on how things are done around the place. This results in a more interesting parenting path and as a consequence we may need to change our own parenting methods J
When you see this change emerge through your child’s journey of the Listening Program celebrate the beautiful ignition of engagement they are experiencing as they connect more successfully with their world. Now it’s your turn to change and enjoy them and their new found confidence on a new level.
Now just for today I am going to sit here and do my second session of listening in this little space of no change…..thank you Pine Creek
It can feel like you are the only one travelling this path, uncertainty if you are going the right way, in trepidation at what may lay around the corner. A giant buffalo, a brown venomous snake? Much like the brutal bully at school or the venous words sometimes spoken by others who have no concept of what it is like to be travelling this path you have found yourself on.
Truth is even with the threat of buffalo or snake there is equally the opportunity for sweet birds singing their comforting song, butterflies blessing us as they fly by and at the end of the day the most incredible starry skies to share our deepest secrets hopes and aspirations with.
They too lay just around the corner on this incredible journey.
To the parents and children who have trusted me over the past 15 years to take this road with them and enjoy the sweet journey and all the beautiful outcomes we have seen along the way today I give thanks and gratitude.
As a sat and did my Listening Program today looking at this magnificent gift of nature, I thought about how the hours, days and years of water flow have moulded and changed the rocky surface to what it is today. Different to what it will be like next year.
I thought about our kids, the process of rolling and crawling creates and shapes neural pathways in the brain just like that water on the rock. So what if there is a drought? That process is interrupted, just like if the process of crawling is interrupted in our early walkers the integration in the brain is also potentially interrupted.
Unlike our waterfall we can give the brain a second opportunity to wire more efficiently therefore process more efficiently with targeted training using the right frequency intensity and duration. As naturally as drug free and as enjoyable as this water cascading down these rocks.
I’m off to finish my second 15 min session of The Listening Program before a swim…..