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Have a star!

If you knew what I know about the power of giving,
you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.
(Buddha)

I can’t believe that I’ve been teaching ‘Wednesday Workshops’ for a whole school year.  The time has flown by!  I thought that it would be a nice idea to end the term with a workshop on ‘Giving’.  It was a wonderful afternoon, with the children far exceeding my expectations in terms of their understanding and reflections of the virtue of giving.  

For the last meditation, the children imagined that they were wish-fulfilling jewels, giving everyone in the world something that would make them happy.  We then sat in a circle and imagined that we were giving the person sitting next to us something that they would really like.  I wondered if the children would pick some crazy gifts just for a laugh, but they were incredibly sensitive and, with no prompting from me, decided to give gifts such as diamonds, friendship, love and a cuddle!  

For our arts and crafts, most of the children chose to make mala bracelets to give to friends/family as presents, while one of the boys chose to make ‘friendship’ badges, which he was going to give to the children in his class. 

All in all, it was a wonderful end to the term and I’m incredibly proud of all the children.  I awarded certificates in recognition of how well they’ve done in their meditation practice, and gave each of them gold stars and a treat 🙂

A baked treat that’s popular with these children is my dairy-free shortbread stars.  One time I made 40 shortbread stars for the children and within a couple of minutes they’d all been eaten!  These stars are also popular in our house as snacks and lunchbox treats for both Lil’ L and M.  Here’s the recipe.

Sesame Shortbread Stars (Dairy-free)

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