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Children’s Guided Meditation

Today I would like to share a recorded meditation with you. It is from a current unpublished manuscript of mine for a book called Little Gaia and the Secret of the Seed. It is a children’s meditation but is also nicely received by adults of any age. I hope you Enjoy it and thank you for listening.

Online link to an audio file of Little Gaia’s Meditation to Grow your own Seed hosted through a private Facebook link.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=537320869716781&l=3756135662317905793

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Our Home, the Earth by Korinn S. Hawkins

Our Home, the Earth

by Korinn S. Hawkins

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Books to Buy for Children

With Thanksgiving this week and Black Friday kicking off the holiday shopping season it’s time to start gathering your gifts.

Might I suggest…

To make your child laugh…

Oh Eggs! is great for the toddler age child but also fun for the beginning reader in your life.

          Book description: A silly little rhyming book about a messy baby.

Excerpt:  “Oh yak, eggs on my back.

Oh what, eggs on my butt!”

This book is sure to make them giggle and can be purchased at:

http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Eggs-Korinn-S-Hawkins/dp/1466422033/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319685519&sr=1-2

To inspire a sense of environmentalism in your child…

Our Home, The Earth is a picture book for any age child and the perfect gift for a teacher to use in the classroom!

          Book description: As adults we wish to leave the world a better place… Part of that legacy includes how well we teach children to care for the Earth and how deeply they understand why it is important. OUR HOME, THE EARTH covers all the bases through a fun and informative dialogue that a mother shares with her son when they stop for a snack and a chat in their neighborhood park after spying a stray piece of garbage.

Here’s what people are saying about this book:  “This book was written for a bigger purpose and is a beautiful tool to help children learn how and WHY we need to take care of our mother earth.” – Annette S.             “The author’s writing flows with loving energy inspiring us to take a moment to consider our earth and what we can do to make a difference.” – Linda G.

Preview this book at: https://shinemine.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/preview-my-book-our-home-the-earth/

 Purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/Our-Home-Earth-Korinn-Hawkins/dp/1479107093/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1353349945&sr=8-5&keywords=our+home+the+earth

To tuck your child in at night all comfy and cozy with God…

Thanks God, I Love You, and Goodnight is for anyone, child or adult, whom you wish peace at bedtime.

          Book description: A children’s bedtime prayer and gratitude book. Its intention is to connect you to God nightly before falling asleep.

Excerpt:  “Thank you God for today, a blessing to me in everyway.

For everything my life you give, I am grateful for my chance to live.”

“As I close this book and turn off the light, you are here all around me, so thanks God, I love you, and goodnight.”

Purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/Thanks-God-Love-You-Goodnight/dp/1451572603/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353350590&sr=1-1&keywords=thanks+god+i+love+you+and+goodnight#_

Our Home, The Earth e-book $1.99

Our Home, The Earth is now available online as an e-book through Amazon.com Kindle Store for only $1.99.

This is a first for me to have one of my books in an electronic format and I am so happy to be able to offer it to you at such a great price!

Purchase it here as an e-book:

http://www.amazon.com/Our-Home-The-Earth-ebook/dp/B009NJ78A4#_

And to preview it or purchase it as a printed book:

Preview My Book Our Home, The Earth

Here are the first pages of my book Our Home, The Earth!

~enjoy

 This book is dedicated to

all adults.

If you teach a child to care for the Earth

you ARE changing the world.

So thank you.

-KSH

Special thanks go to Samantha Cole and Corey Hawkins

for their photographic contributions.

All Rights Reserved

Copyright © 2012 by Korinn S. Hawkins

No part of this publication can be reproduced without the

prior permission of the author.

Contact the author at KorinnSHawkins@gmail.com

Our Home, The Earth

 

By Korinn S. Hawkins

 

 

It was a brightly lit and beautiful day on planet Earth, and the sky was that perfect shade of blue that you cannot find in a crayon. The birds were singing and the squirrels were chasing around in the park where Gavin and his mother were taking his sister, Marin, for a stroll.

Oh, happy day. Oh, happy, happy, happy day.

They smiled, and they laughed, and they walked, until, that is, they came upon a plastic bag lying abandoned in the grass!

 

“Ewww,” Mom said. “Oh, how sad. How very, very sad, sad, sad.” She shook her head.

“What, Mom? What’s wrong? What is that?” Gavin asked.

“Oh, Gavin, that’s someone’s garbage.”

“Why?” he asked.

“Well, garbage is what’s left over when people use something. It’s the unwanted part, the waste, and somebody must have left it there.”

“Ewww,” Gavin said with a crinkle-nosed face.

 

“But it needs to always be put in a garbage can and never just thrown out on the Earth,” she cautioned.

“Why?” Gavin asked.

You see, Gavin is five, and he quite likes to ask the question, “Why?” So you may just be hearing a lot of that word in this book. And as for his mother, well, she’s doing her best at answering his questions in a way that he will understand, as every parent does when a child asks, “Why?” And usually she would try to answer him in such a way that the “Why?” questions would stop, as most parents do, but not this time. Nope, this is a special question…

Mom invited Gavin to sit with her in the grass and have a drink of water and a box of raisins as his sister napped in the stroller. And, just to remind you, the question was, “Why is it so important to always take care of our garbage and never just leave it lying around anywhere on the Earth?”

And so the story continues…

Gavin’s mom began telling him all that she felt he needed to know. “Gavin, this is our Earth,” she said as she laid her hands in the cool grass and pressed her palms into the ground. “This is our one and only home.”

“Why?” Gavin asked curiously.

“Well, just as we have our home that Daddy, and Sister, and you, and I live in, and that house is special to us, we also live in an even bigger home. One that we share with everyone and everything, and that home is called Earth.”

The story continues from here…

… inspiring an awareness of how to care for the Earth, why it is important, and why children are so important to the Earth as they are able to lend a hand in helping the Earth to be healthy and heal, for the well-being of all. It is my hope for you to delight in sharing this book with the children that you are blessed to lay an impression on. We all want the same thing; a happy healthy world. This book adds to the collective effort that we all make and inspires future generations to do the same.

Thanks for reading this excerpt! If you enjoyed it don’t feel shy to share it with others. As a self-published author word of mouth means everything!

To order your copy please visit:

http://korinn.com/Books.html

The cover of Our Home, The Earth

Here is the final draft for the cover of Our Home, The Earth:

The back description reads:

As adults we wish to leave the world a better place…

Part of that legacy includes how well we teach children to care for the Earth and how deeply they understand why it is important. Our Home, The Earth covers all the bases through a fun and informative dialogue that a mother shares with her son when they stop for a snack and a chat in their neighborhood park after spying a stray piece of garbage.

Next week I will post a preview of the first pages of the book.

Thank you for your interest in my writing and for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

The Earth as a Being – Part II

“Mom, if the Earth dies, we die, that’s why we need to take care of the Earth.” That is what my 5-year-old son said to me one evening after I had been reading aloud and editing my upcoming book OUR HOME, THE EARTH. I was a little shocked by the harshness of his analogy, and it does sound pretty morbid coming from a 5-year-old, but is it not true? While I do want to clarify here that my story is a lot lighter than what this suggests I do have to say that I was touched at that moment that he seemed to “get it” and that the story I had shared, that I had created, made an impression on him.

Children ARE so impressionable and as he sees me doing environmentally healthy things I know these practices he is exposed to can ingrain and become a natural part of his being. Don’t get me wrong I am not perfect in this area but I try to do what’s right. I do care about the Earth but I know that I can give her more attention and respect. Obviously according to my guidance I can do a better job of being aware of my connection with her, as I am nudged to, “Park Here” under a tree and observe. (See previous post, Part I). In general though I feel really caught up in the rote and remote of life, checked out from the bigger picture of being environmentally conscious, and more in tune with what’s easy for me and even just what’s cheaper. In processing this I am quite clear that I do not want this mode of being disconnected to ingrain in my children. I want better for them and also for myself.

Currently we are a family that recycles, has “green” cleaning products, and efficient appliances, and I am that Mom who picks up other people’s garbage, but I know there is more that I could be doing. Simple things, like composting and using re-usable cloth bags consistently. And I know that if I am motivated to do just a little bit more, and a little bit more, that it really does make a difference as it adds up with what you are doing, and what your neighbor is doing, and so on, and so forth. The collective effort is what makes the large-scale difference but the caring starts with one person and I understand that it has to happen organically, if you don’t really feel it, then you don’t really care. I want my children to care; so I am choosing to give more loving attention to this very giving being that homes us all. I feel no shame for any such lack that has preceded this point only a genuine openness to improve through practicing what I value for whom I value, my children and our Earth.

With the release of my upcoming book I feel like there are so many positive things that I can do with it and yet I find it now inspiring me on a singular level to get real with myself and examine the relationship that I have with the natural world. I know that I am able to teach my children through my example and through the values that I hold, but I am also grateful for the opportunity to speak to a larger audience through my book. That is really important to me and so I choose to dedicate this book to all of you, to all adults. I do this with a heartfelt belief that if you teach a child to care for the Earth you ARE changing the world, because each effort made really does begin with just one person.

An excerpt from the book Our Home, The Earth:

“We should all be like the Earth,

beautiful people that give so much.

After all, we do all live here together on this one Earth, our home.”