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Read Our Community Answers For #30dayslearning: What Skill Would You Want To Teach Another Person?

Sometimes the best way to learn something is to teach it to another person. In celebration of posting one learning-related intent every single day for the month of September, Intent.com asked the community: 

What skill of yours would you want to teach to another person?

Here is how our community responded on our Facebook and Twitter: 

What skills of yours would you want to teach to another person? Share your answers on our Facebook page or respond to @intentdotcom on Twitter, or share your comments below! 

Don’t forget to continue posting every single day on Intent.com what you want to learn this month and tag your intents #30dayslearning.

I miss being useful, helpful, and of service to others~

Years ago I worked for the Family Preservation Project out of Seattle, Washington, through an extension based in Kentucky, through the Dept. of Social Services.  Not only did it involve keeping families together, it involved reunification of families that had been apart for a variety of reasons~none good.  The goal was to help the families make changes that needed to be made in order to keep their children, or to help them get their children back home.

It wasn’t an easy job, it was stressful, heartbreaking at times, infuriating with governmental red tape, and mind blowing that some parents couldn’t quite grasp that their children had to come first.  There was only really one outstanding memory that still crushes me to this day…my gut instinct went against what was supposed to be happening, but for the sake of the child(ren) I had to be loud and out with what I felt intuitively was going on…and it was, and it was right, and the children were removed, and I’m glad.

I was an aide to the therapists, that would go into the DSS referred families after the therapists had finished their allotted six weeks with the families.  The last few weeks the therapists were with the families I would accompany them to the homes, get to know them, and let them decide if they wanted further assistance based on what the therapist had been working on…and of course what DSS determined as further need.

I went into every kind of home imaginable, into every area imaginable, and loved it.  It was emotionally brutal and challenging, there were many sleepless nights, and of course doing paperwork being audited by FPP as well as state was a challenge within itself.

I miss it though.  I miss connecting with people I could genuinely help.  I was good at what I did, and found outlets of resources for these families that most had been turned away from. 

Sometimes I just really miss making a difference, even a little difference.


  Please allow me to continue with this narrative. My father followed his parents advice. Parents only were permitted to give their children food, shelter, doctor, medicines, clothing and only one pair of shoes yearly. As soon as you were in high school you should work during the summer months to buy your books, clothing, shoes and any luxurious stuff, so I paid fore my English classes. I had to work from two to ten PM at a liquor store which was also a car insurance company and an exchange currency for tourists crossing the border. After work I was given some money for my dinner, so for almost a whole year I went to a dinner for my two small hamburgers and a small coke.During the morning hours I accompanied my father to buy fruit, vegetables and meat.Here I must mention that meat for lunch time and another kind of meat for dinner time. There were no refrigerators in Mexico yet. After my English classes I went home for lunch and at one Pm I carried my father a special food  container with his daily lunch.At one two o’clock I headed to the new international bridge to start my shift.


How Does The Responsibility of Sharing Knowledge Work?


If a person thinks that they have insight into meaning and connectedness of the world – or just essentially how to become happier and more actualised – do they have a duty to share that information? Or should this be something which each individual finds out for themselves, since it cannot really be taught until a person is ready to listen anyway?

I have , I think, a good understanding of "wellness", in theory and practice, having been interested in this sort of thing all my life, but even beginning to think that I might know more than the next person about finding meaning in life seems terribly arrogant. On the other hand, I feel if I know something, I do also feel I should share it.
And then, there’s also the troubling fact that if you start talking about spirituality and connectedness to many people, you sound slightly crazy, which I think has probably contributed to my habit of denying or playing down my (by now pretty firmly held) beliefs.

How do you handle the responsibility of telling people –  this is the way the world works? Or do you have to simply say  – this is the way the world works for me?
The primary responsibility to  the knowledge and insight you have discovered is to live and breathe it. That will be the most effective way to share it with others. That is how you become the change you wish to see in the world. If it is your dharma to be a teacher of this knowledge to others, then that will come naturally. You will find that in living the knowledge, people will drawn to  you and seek you out. This way the people you will be talking to will be prescreened and you will only be imparting knowledge to those who are already interested in what you have to say.  




Our wonderful and magical learning experience.


Dear friend what comes to your mind when you listen to the word “learning”?
How do you feel every time you read this word?
Are you aware that life is learning? It is a never ending activity.
How have you felt when you have learned playing?
Did every teacher in your life succeeded in developing in you the love of learning?
Were they enjoying their sacred teaching profession? 
What would you do, having the chance, to improve our current educational system?
Please help me develop interesting learning games. Bring out the excellent teacher in you. Somebody said that when we wish really to understand something we should try to teach it.
This blog entry will continue counting with your needed participation.
Thank you!



It is amazing how we were highly blessed by our Creator by infunding in us this thirst for learning carried out on a daily basis.

  Evert single day we encounter wonderful and amazing learning golden opportunities. How beautiful and never boring our lives are! In my case I was double blessed because God helped me find great esoteric teachings at an early age. The more I learn my self-commitment to share it with my fellow men and women grows more intensely, this quality makes me really care about what others have to say about dealing with problem solving aspects. Sincere and honest communication has been my motto. I’m consiuos that we aren’t perfect human beings, but it doesn’t deprive us to seek perfection. I firmly beleive that we are on our way to be reintigration with the UNITY.

"God please illuminate my mind, open my loving heart so it can radiate Infinite love, comprehension, health and compassion"


Making a Difference

Becoming a teacher has given me so much more pleasure than I ever would have imagined. It’s so much more than teaching children something new, and making sure that they meet standards so that they can move onto the next grade level. It’s about building relationships and making a difference in their lives.

It doesn’t have to be anything major, but like my mom always said, "it’s the small things that count."

Even though I’m just a teacher candidate, and won’t graduate out of college for another year, the little kindergarteners that have made a difference in my life. Who would expect a student making a difference in a teacher’s life?

They have made a difference in my life by proving to me that even young children have important things to say. That they can see a lot that we don’t notice as adults. That children see the beauty in everything they see and do. That we mean the world to them, and they would do anything to get our affection.

Watching these students have been such a blessing and they have taught me more than I ever could have taught them. They have taught me more than what is necessary in a classroom, but what we need to know and remember in life. To remember that even the young can make a difference through little actions.

Have you made a difference in someone’s life today?

Mallika Chopra: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney Say to Teach the Kids Meditation!

Last week’s concert in NYC which reunited Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney  has once again brought attention to Transcendental Meditation.  It’s quite historic for the two surviving Beatles to perform together, and the concert brings back images of the Foursome’s days in India so many decades ago.

The purpose of the event – organized by David Lynch’s Foundation and the TM Foundation – for the US Committee for Stress Free Schools – aims to give the gift of meditation to as many children as possible.

As someone who learned TM when I was 9 years old, and spent most of my youth in the TM Movement, I have been reading about the event and the goals of the Foundation with interest.  It fascinates me that the legacy of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who faced adulation and controversy in his life, continues to attract such highly influential people from around the world.  Of course, my father was one of Maharishi’s inner circle, and I spent hundreds of hours in his presence, so understand the spell binding nature of what it was like to be around him.

It comforts me that the legacy of Maharishi will continue to be realized through the wonderful tool that is meditation. Personally, I am not comfortable with a movement around meditation. Rather, I think the practice of meditation itself, whether TM, Primordial Sound Meditation, breathing, yoga, or mindfulness, is the most important.

For me as a child, meditation gave me a sense of who I really was.  The experiential silence of meditation f gave me a sense of security, because I had the tool to silence my thoughts and process all the busyness of my life (particularly in my teen age years) in a way where I felt I was in control.

It helped me feel connected to something bigger, but also physically made me feel more rested, clear and energetic.  With advanced techniques, I felt a sense of power that, again, could only come from experientially knowing myself and my capabilities.

I was always irregular in my meditation practice – sometimes meditating twice a day, other times going for months without doing it.  I always appreciate that my parents gave me the tool of meditation, but then let me practice it when and if I wanted.  Because they meditated, and it made them happier and more relaxed in their own lives, I meditated more regularly.

My daughters both learned meditation from my father when they were about 4 years old.  They love the idea that they know how to meditate, even if they dont do it all the time.  And now, when we need a Time Out, we actually take a Time In.  Meditation helps them relax and focus, but also gives them a connection to a sense of spirit that I could never explain to them.

So, I applaud the resurgence of the conversation around meditation and children.  I hope it will be embraced as a tool to help humanity, and not an effort propagated by a movement.  Hopefully, an openness about the variety of tools that can help our children (and ourselves) will be the model moving forward.

Here are some other Intent articles you may find interesting about Meditation:

When is the Right Time to Teach Children Meditation? Deepak Chopra

Benefits of Meditation, Dr. David Simon

A Yoga Demo for Warmer Days, Rebecca Pacheco

Awakening our Children, Mick Quinn

20 Meditation Tips for Beginners, Ray Baskerville

Meditation: Connect with Your Inner Expert, Roger Gabriel

Should I Practice Meditation or Kaballah? Deepak Chopra

A Lifetime of Happiness & Focus Enhancer: Vipassana Meditation, Aaron Ross

Meditation Works Wonders on College Students, Elevated Existence

Treasures of our Past: Inner Child Meditation, Daily Om

Yoga at Ground Zero, Louisiana, David Romanelli

Meet Getsmartmoodle

Greetings, my name is Virginia Louise Lawrence nevertheless, please call me Jennie and I am in the process of shifting from 15 years of employment in Healthcare, as a certified nurse aide. I have been making a change in my life; which includes a Master of Science Communications Technology – Network Communications degree (Pending). I have already achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Radford University – Graphic Arts (12/1984). From January 2008 forward volunteering with nonprofit organizations has helped me learn and produce; providing invaluable information and experiences, as well as, producing positive results… I have been volunteering my time and industries assisting NPO/NGO’s achieve some of their goals technologically; not all but some. I hope to continue to assist NPO/NGO’s, as the experience has been enriching socially, emotionally, and developmentally rewarding…

Getsmartmoodle is making some headway in its start-up period and still under construction. A organization that supports technological interactive learning applications. GetSmartmoodle is seeking teachers, corportate educators, members of the K-12 educational system, Academic Community, University, and College participation. Getsmartmoodle is an online educational resource utilizing a free open source framework and content publishing system for your continued learning experience. Don’t think that you,”…missed it by that much”. Come and join in the fun that is learning, producing a positive result, and helping to educate a global community…
Getsmartmoodle is based on Moodle technology and is a pedagogy (the art, science, or career of teaching; especially; education) applications that are based on four educational principals: Constructivism which assembles or creates new knowledge as people or applications interact together, Constructionist learning takes place when instructing or creating elements surrounding an experience, Social Constructivism is a collaborative effort combining a social group assembling things for one another and their shared experience and meanings, and the motives of people in discussion are Connected and Separate behavior; Connected in that a greater subjective empathetic approach is taken in listening, asking questions, and understanding someone else’s point of view and Separate in remaining insensitive to others ideas defending the facts and logic to find loop-holes in participant’s arguments. On the other hand Constructed behavior demonstrates an appropriate use of either the Connected or Separate approaches in a given situation. Consequentially the idea surfaces that both teacher and student are continually learning from their experiences.
Obviously Moodle cannot impose this method of activity, but supports the concept of pedagogy. Forthcoming improvements to the overall technical infrastructure of moodle architecture will support improvements in the pedagogical model.


Spirituality for Kids – International Director of Development Philippe van den Bossche

Spirituality for Kids – a unique educational program for children and parents. Spirituality for Kids is dedicated to bringing the principles of sharing, caring, tolerance, human dignity, and proactive behavior to children of all backgrounds. His personal mission is to affect and change the world by empowering children to become confident, happy and healthy human beings. They teach at risk families new life skills. "Through our programs", says Rebekah Hoyle, "children aged 6 to 18 and their parents learn and use principles that create positive transformation in their lives and eventually in the world we all share". Listen to the full interview at: http://www.bradleyquick.com/category/spirituality-for-kids

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