- Stuart Goodnick and Rob Schmidt review and discuss My Accidental Jihad - A Love Story by Krista Bremer. Krista Bremer is the associated publisher of The Sun, and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award. Her essay on which her latest book is based, "My Accidental Jihad," received a Pushcart Prize. Her essays have been published in O: The Oprah Magazine, More magazine, and The Sun, and have been translated and reprinted all over the world. She's been featured on NPR and in the PBS series Arab American Stories. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and her two children. Krista will be joining us live on the Mystical Positivist on June 7, 2014.
- Stuart Goodnick and Rob Schmidt discuss the upcoming Festival of Conscious Parenting in Santa Rosa, CA, on June 20 - 22nd, 2014. The Festival of Conscious Parenting is an event scheduled for the Summer Solstice Weekend at the Jackson Theater and Sonoma Country Day School campus in Santa Rosa, California. The Festival will showcase spiritual practices and wisdom that can support parents and caregivers in providing consistently loving and nurturing environments for children.
The Festival is presented in the conviction that spiritual tools (meditation, prayer, mantra, body-awareness practices, etc.) of various spiritual traditions offer resources invaluable to the endeavor of conscious parenting. Those resources can help adults deliberately model loving, generous, and effective behavior for children, help us consistently treat children as we would wish to be treated, and help provide an appropriately elastic yet fully secure foundation for every child’s healthy growth and exploration of life’s possibilities.
The Festival will be a forum for presentation of resources to bring mindfulness practices directly to children. Other resources offered by the Festival will focus upon enabling parents, teachers, caregivers, and friends to consistently open their hearts to children, and avoid harm through application of the principle of non-violence: the goal of embodying physical, emotional, mental and spiritual non-violence towards children.
The purpose of the Festival is to make these resources far more widely available than they have been, to audiences that may never have suspected that such resources exist.
- Krista Bremer's website: kristabremer.com