At birth, we do not distract ourselves with a machine that goes ‘ping,’ or with a gloved hand to examine our progress. Instead we ask our babies, how do you want to be born? Then listen and arrange ourselves to meet their needs and expectations. After birth comes the same question again. “How do you want to be in these arms?” How do I nurse you? I ask my baby. I’m here to serve my baby. This is the only post-partum they will ever have. They are the priority. Read more about Jeannine Parvati Baker - Creative Fertility
MM: Joe, I have been using the phrase "the intelligence of play for many years. What is the relationship between play and learning? Read more about Joseph Chilton Pearce – Play as Learning
Through studying child-development, I saw how our cultural world view was formed by our social models; and how this view is locked into the very neural structures of our brains, not as opinion but as our world-forming, perceptual-conceptual process. By the time I completed Magical Child I had enlarged my original focus to include astonishing capacities and self-inflicted limitations. / Interview with Joe and Michael Mendizza
PGA Tour - I'm not a great guy if I shoot 65 and I'm not a bad guy if I shoot 78. I'm still Peter Jacobson the person and my golf score is simply that, my golf score. And the great players can go beyond the determination of that score and be the great people that they are, first and foremost. You've got to be a great person. You've got to have I think the great human kindness before you can be a great performer.
In any given sport; basketball, baseball, football, golf, whatever it might be, there are a few individuals who are really on top of the game. They are spectacular and everyone comes to watch them because these magical athletes are in this wonderful state of ease. Even when they are off, they are still better than most. What is that little difference that makes such a huge difference? That’s what I investigated for a long, long time and it became apparent that they were literally at ease. There was an absence of dis-ease. Read more about Chuck Hogan – Athletics & the Intelligence of Play
After 12,000 hours of compulsory training at the hands of nearly one hundred government certified men and women, many high school graduates have no skills to trade for an income or even any skills with which to talk to each other. They can’t change a flat, read a book, repair a faucet, calculate a batting average, install a light, follow directions for the use of a word processor, build a wall, make change reliably, be alone with themselves or keep their marriages together. The situation is considerably worse than journalists have discerned. Read more about John Taylor Gotto – What Really Matters
Memories of early trauma are there, underneath the surface. They’re there, in our dreams, attitudes, even in our vocabulary. People unconsciously walk around in them.
Barbara is the former president of The Association of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH)
Kids get their fair share of humiliation. If we can make it a little bit safer and give kids a way to enjoy being active in ways that suit them best, we will establish a motivating factor that will keep them involved and active, hopefully for the rest of their lives. John is a former professional tri-athlete and the author of Body, Mind and Sport.View/Download the Complete Artical
A conversation with Michael Mendizza on original play and cultural contest
FD: Ultimately we find out, that culture games can never meet the needs of our originalbelonging. It is not just belonging to family or a team or a country, but belonging to life itself. That takes a huge sense of safety and love that the contests don’t provide. But we’re never told the truth about this.
MM: You talk about contest as an addiction, that the sense of defending one’s self becomes the primary addiction, which is satisfied through secondary addictions. Let’s
go into that. Read more about Fred Donaldson, PhD - Playing by Heart
A conversation with Michael Mendizza and Marion Diamond, Phd, Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.
MM: Your work implies that the brain and nervous system is physically molding (adapting) itself to the environment moment to moment. What does that mean? Read more about Marion Diamond - How The Environment Impacts The Developing Brain