“We want your full attention!”–Parent Power


“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” –Simone Weil

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who was multitasking (including using a device)? What did it feel like? Did you feel like you were being heard? Did you feel a connection? Children in our lives want our full attention (and that way, they don’t have to try to work for it in negative ways). Not for long periods at a time, we find, but short bursts of total one-pointed attention. How can we do this? In this 4 minute podcast, Prof. Michael Nagler, a long-time meditator discusses the power and practice of ONE-POINTED ATTENTION for those working with children and, well, anyone, really!

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    By: Stephanie Van Hook

    Before joining the Metta Center Team as Executive Director, Stephanie received an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University; was trained and certified in mediation in the state of Oregon; worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa, where she created a program for girls’ empowerment and education; has taught French and English for the Alliance Francaise; and was trained in Montessori Early Childhood Education with seven years of classroom experience with 3-6 year olds. 

    She is the author of Gandhi Searches for Truth: A Practical Biography for Children (Person Power Press, 2016) and Nonviolence Daily: 365 Days of Wisdom from Gandhi (Person Power Press, 2019, co-authored with Michael Nagler).  Her articles have been published at Transformation at Open Democracy, Yes! Magazine, Common Dreams, and Waging Nonviolence. Additionally, she’s host of Nonviolence Radio, an FM and Pacifica syndicated radio program out of Point Reyes Station, California, (KWMR). She’s currently developing our board game, Cosmic Peaceforce: Mission Harmony Three.

    She lives in an ashram (meditation community) in Northern California, (but if she didn’t, she’d be keen on joining the Nonviolent Peaceforce as an unarmed peacekeeper).

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