Can Parents and Mentors Help Teach Kids How to Achieve Peace of Mind?

Mindful Gifts for Children…click on photo for larger view…

Mindfulness Gifts for Kids…  Quote from this website article…by Playful Learning…

“As the girls get older and confront many new situations, I am finding that one of the most important things I can teach them, is how to find a sense of peace within themselves.

Whether it is a situation with peers, pressure from school, or scary things they hear about in the news, we want our children to know that they can handle and process anything that comes their way.”


I am a very late boomer bloomer when it comes to learning how to achieve a mind at peace…  My life was so toxic and scary growing up and during my adult life that emotional numbness and self medication strategies seemed the only answer to slow my mind down during off hours at home.  I could never sit still or relax peacefully…hardly ever.  During the day my mind was busy with work, school, and exercise regimen, an excellent agenda to stay focused and keep my head from wondering back to painful places and insecurity.  I can’t remember ever having my parents or teachers teach me strategies that would help my emotional challenges during the evening hours and to get a healthy nights sleep…  I hated downtime!  Sleeping peacefully and restfully was a rare experience…nightmares haunted me just about every night…

I was thrilled to find this website resource, Playful Learning.  Reading through the reference information and discussion got my attention and pointed me right back to my childhood.  These are the early years that we parents, educators, and mentors can make a difference in helping kids learn techniques of mindfulness to help us develop lasting strategies to learn how to relax and reflect…achieve peace of mind in healthy ways…

I am all in on getting kids and teens engaged in exercises that help them sit back and take a deep breath.  Kids need time to think and reflect.  They need to learn early how to feel secure with themselves alone, away from all the noise of life for a bit.  Help your child learn about mindfulness exercises by researching the Playful Learning website.  Find a gift that suits his or her needs, and show them how to achieve peace of mind on a regular basis early in life.  As a parent or mentor you will provide a gift that lasts a life-time. 

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1…  Click highlighted text for my author page…

“Meditation, Relaxing Healing Guitar Music…Pablo Arellano

Pablo Arellano

The Music of Healing from Pablo Arellano…Click on video music clip…

Published on May 1, 2014

Relaxing music for the soul, Guitar and strings for meditation and relaxing.
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Friday has become my day to share the music of healing from special selections, including Pablo Arellano…  Music of this soothing variety and extended play is very much part of my own mindful journey of healing.  It is important to take time out and use music to wander to happy places where living in the moment takes a priority, even for a short period of time.  Pablo Arellano’s music takes me to those happy places.  Hope you can take time away from your busy schedule in the privacy of a quiet and comfortable place at home, on the beach, or in the mountains and listen to this uplifting spiritual music.  Mindfulness is the perfect way to practice living in the moment, a most healing experience and relief from stress.

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…

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It is never too late to seek treatment for the symptoms of PTSD! Relative Peace of Mind is a Spiritual Gift…

Please support my mission of helping families who suffer from PTSD and moral injury…order my books, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1… (Kindle $2.99), and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story.  Click and order paperback or download Kindle version.  Buy my book at Barnes & Noble as well… Thank you! Steve Sparks, Author

The statistics we don’t here about from post Vietnam War veterans…  Quote from this website article… Listen to the “Wall Song” before you leave this page…

Some Disturbing Facts About Vietnam Veterans

By , June 9, 2010 11:31 pm

I’ve recently been re-reading Chuck Dean’s outstanding book Nam Vet. I think some facts are worth sharing:

  •  Since 1975, nearly three times as many Vietnam veterans have committed suicide than were killed in the war.
  • Fifty-eight-thousand-plus Americans died in the Vietnam War. Over 150,000 have committed suicide since the war ended.
  • The suicide rate among veterans who have completed the local VA program is estimated at 2.5 per hundred.
  • The national accidental death and suicide rate is fourteen thousand men per year—33 percent above the national average.
  • Of those veterans who were married before going to Vietnam, 38 percent were divorced within six months after returning from Southeast Asia.
  • The divorce rate amongst Vietnam veterans is above 90 percent.
  • Five-hundred thousand Vietnam veterans have been arrested or incarcerated by the law. It is estimated that there are 100,000 Vietnam vets in prison today, and 200,000 on parole.
  • Drug-and-alcohol abuse problems range between 50 percent and 75 percent.
  • Forty percent of Vietnam veterans are unemployed and 25 percent earn less than seven thousand dollars per year.

Korean War veteran finds “peace” later in life is worth it…  Quote from this website article written BY CHRIS COBB, OTTAWA CITIZEN MARCH 29, 2014…  Click to see video clip interview!

PeaceNightmare ends: Korean War veteran finds peace after half-century struggle with PTSD…Jim Purcell 

“Casey didn’t live to grow old.

In the muddy, rat-infested trenches of the Korean hills, they had a bunker to sleep in and, like many 18-year-old boys, Casey loved to sleep.

The Chinese shell scored a direct hit on the bunker while he was napping.

“He got his head blown off,” says Purcell. “Casey come out there like a chicken with its head cut off, except it wasn’t quite off. He come to the door of the bunker and just dropped. That stayed with me for years. I’d wake up screaming, ‘Get out of the bunker, Casey. Get out of the bunker.’”


Just like my father, Vernon’s, story of watching his best friend, Ken Powers, get his head blown off while the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Jim Purcell watched his buddy get his head blown off in the trenches of Korea in 1951.  While listening to this video clip interview, it was like listening to my Dad talk about a horrific traumatic experience that never leaves your head.

Like my Dad, Jim waited until later in life to seek treatment for the symptoms of PTSD.  And in my own case as a PTSD survivor, I waited until age 64 to start my journey of healing.  Too many warriors wait and sometimes it can be too late, especially when we look at the almost unbelievable statistics from Vietnam veterans listed above… “Fifty-eight-thousand-plus Americans died in the Vietnam War. Over 150,000 have committed suicide since the war ended.”

The stories of emotional pain and tragedy in life after war are too many to fathom.  I watched for many years while my father struggled with severe PTSD symptoms each and every day of his life until he was in his 60’s.  Dad finally received treatment through a balance of prescribed medications and counseling.  He started to calm down in his mid to late 60’s and lived a relatively peaceful life until 1998 when he passed away at 79.  I like to remember my Dad as a happy man even if it was just over 10 years of his life as a senior citizen.  His treatment was a work in progress but he was into the regimen because it made him feel so much better.  He and my mother spent quality time together traveling and enjoying life during those years.  Dad especially loved the ocean and beaches where they frequently spent time in Ocean Shores, Washington or walking in the parks overlooking Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

Although the emotional pain and suffering lasted for over 40 years following WWII and Korean War, a few years of the gift of peace of mind was well worth it for my Dad and is true for many warriors who often wait until it is almost too late.  Dad’s awareness of PTSD, treatment, and path of healing was also a gift to my mother and other family members who felt more comfortable being around him in his later years.  Veterans should not only consider themselves in the process of healing, but remember how much loved ones benefit from seeing a happy camper.  Family members will all say that not having to walk on eggs shells at home was a real gift to them as well.

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…click on my author page to order…

Listen to the “Wall Song” before you leave this page…