Dear Friend,

 

I wanted to share the real reason why I teach mindfulness and wrote the book with 150+ mindfulness activities.

I feel a little nervous sharing this … but there’s a happy ending …
 
I promise :)
 
The reason I’m on this path and why I’ve tried …
 
over 200 mindfulness activities for kids …
 
is that …
 
My wife and I couldn’t conceive.
 
We decided to go for adoption after eight tough years of trying …
 
only to find out that adopting was a long process too …
 
something like 4+ years.
 

We decided to adopt a child with special needs.

 
And … to be honest, I felt inadequate.
 
My way of coping with the tremendous responsibility I felt …
 
was immersion in psychology,
 
neuroscience,
 
and finally kids mindfulness.
 
I wanted to do my very best to help the child.
 
And I learned quickly that mindfulness could help kids of all ages …
 
it could reduce anxiety …
 
help them calm down and build attention skills …
 
And help them nurture feelings of joy, happiness and kindness.
 
Figuring this out was a blessing, because …
 
I was worried sick that I wouldn’t be good enough.
 
We were in the adoption process for years.
 
I researched … and studied … got certified …
 
… and then …
 
To our great surprise …
 
something like a miracle happened!
 
Just two (!) weeks before we were going to get a child proposal from China …
 
Guess what happens?
 
My wife Hanna got pregnant!!
 
It shouldn’t have been possible.
 
But … WOW! 
 
It sure felt like miracle!
 
I still remember all those strong emotions …
 
And it was bitter sweet in many ways!
 
We were afraid it wouldn’t work out …
 
and we felt sorry and sad for never meeting (or seeing)
 
the child we were going to adopt.
 
We couldn’t continue with the adoption …
 
due to laws here stating you can’t adopt when you’re pregnant.
 
Which made sense at least in this case …
 
because the child would have needed our full attention.
 
Luckily the child in China had not been introduced to us …
 
he/she had not heard of us …
 
and there was no connection built between us …
 
And we knew that the child would get another loving family just as quickly,
 
no question about it.
 
But still …
 
it was very painful … and amazing at the same time. 
 
Long story short.
After another nine excruciating months …
 
and three (!) days in labour …
 
and an emergency C-section to boot … 
 
Everything went well …
 
despite our fears!
 
I get goose bumps just thinking about it.
 
It was the worst and best day in my life.
 
I’ve never been so scared.
 
I wasn’t allowed in the emergency operating room,
 
and I had no clue what was happening.
 
BUT …
 
* Here’s the happy ending :-) *
 
We had a healthy baby boy!!
 
It felt AMAZING!
 
I remember how it felt holding him to my bare chest under my hoodie …
 
when we waited for my wife to recover.
 
And Hanna was okay, too!!
 
Our little baby boy had finally come to us <3
 

I’m so proud of my wife …

 
she did all the hard work – obviously :)
 
We’d had an amazing roller coaster ride and …
 
now … after all the research, studies and training …
 
I decided to continue on the mindful path.
 
I had figured out that any child would benefit from mindfulness :)
 
So, I quit my corporate day job and I decided to help my son …
 
and everyone else through my blog and courses …
 
and our book :)
 
That’s the real story behind my work. And I’m glad I got to share it with you.
 
Now, I hope my book, courses and my blog helps as many kids and youth as possible.
 
With love,
Chris

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