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Mindful : December 2013
8 mindful December 2013 The parents of two boys, ages two and four, Elisha and Stefanie Goldstein were inspired to write about creating a more mindful family (page 70) using lessons from their own home life. “ We understand that raising a mindful family star ts with us,” says Elisha. “And as psychologists, we pass that attitude on to the parents, teens, and children we talk with.” Stefanie, who is also an MBSR teacher, suggests a more mindful approach can defuse the Daniel Goleman “In Focus, I’m doing for attention what I did for emotion in Emotional Intelligence,” says Daniel Goleman, comparing his new book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence (excerpted on page 52) to his 2010 New York Times bestseller, Emotional Intelligence: The Coming Age of Radical Transparency. “New brain research has a lot to teach us,” he says. “It’s essential to use this science as the basis for bringing mindfulness into the mainstream.” Kevin Van Aelst For Kevin Van Aelst, photography is not passive; it’s about actively creating some- thing. “As opposed to someone who goes out and captures things,” he says. Lego has inspired him since he was a child. His basement holds six bins full of the build- ing-block toy, and you’ll see him put it to good use illustrating Jeremy Adam Smith’s stor y on page 60. “I’m a 33-year-old who owns some Star Wars Lego,” he says with a chuckle. “I’m not ashamed of that.” Angela Mears “My mom is the most amazing cook,” says Angela Mears. “She’s always had a passion for it, and it’s a source of relaxation.” That’s true for Mears, too, who appreciates the hominess of butternut squash in the One Taste depar tment (page 24). When she’s engaging with food in any way, she’s “in a world of senses, focusing in on taste, tex ture, and smell,” she says. “For me it’s always been a kind of meditation. That’s how it is for a lot people.” Aaron McKenzie Fraser Aaron McKenzie Fraser can’t swim. So going out on the ocean in a small boat took some courage. That said, the photogra- pher, whose work accompanies our story on the Nova Scotia Sea School (page 34), relished the hours he spent on the Nor th Atlantic. “I had plenty of time to obser ve,” he says. “So I let it become more photojournalistic, documenting people doing their thing and capturing different moments as they happened.” element of mar tyrdom she sees in parents, especially mothers. “We need to take care of ourselves first.” It’s like in-flight safety instruction: when the oxygen masks drop you put on yours, then your child’s. “If you’re not OK, your kids aren’t OK. Elisha and I have seen the impor tance of taking care of ourselves, then nur turing us as a couple, and then the kids, integrating the whole family. They’re all equal components of what a mindful family can look like.” Elisha and Stefanie Goldstein contributors Illustrations by Jessica McCar thy and Kevin Van Aelst (self-por trait)