My summer vacation this year was spending time with my son’s family and his two-year-old daughter. We created unscheduled time to relax and appreciate each other and did activities geared for family fun. We went to the zoo, and prepped with water, food and other necessities for an outing with a toddler before we left. We agreed ahead of time that we don’t have to see every animal in the zoo and set up pre-scheduled break times to relax on the grass under the shade trees. We promised to communicate and speak up if anyone needed anything. We also used a fun technique called prepping the field environment.
Each person’s thoughts, attitudes and emotions emit energetic fields that affect the social field environment as we interact with each other. Research shows that we can help to precondition the field environment by sending love and positive energy to gatherings before we go. At HeartMath, we call this “prepping the field environment.”
We stayed at the zoo for about three hours. I most enjoyed perceiving the experience through a two-year-old’s eyes and delighting in the spurts of elated joy she radiated from the wonderment of her day. I felt that prepping the field environment helped to enrich that experience for me.
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Teaching Children to Love: 80 Games and Fun Activities for Raising Balanced Children in Unbalanced Times by Doc Childre is an excellent resource for parents. This e-book is chock-full of activities that support heart-based values like gratitude and appreciation.
What are your summer vacation plans? I would love to hear about them.