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Miriam Mason Martineau
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Miriam Mason Martineau works as an integral counsellor, parenting coach, writer and educator. She is vice-president of Next Step Integral, an organization that applies integral consciousness and vision to parenting, education, ecology, and community. For the past 15 years Miriam has studied and researched how parenting can be pursued as a spiritual practice. She sees parenting as one of our greatest opportunities for personal growth and evolutionary activism. This has led her to offering courses on the topic, working as a coach for parents, and writing a book (forthcoming) titled "Raising the Future ­-- an Integral Evolutionary Approach to Parenting."

Miriam’s interest in integral health & vitality, peak performance and integral leadership building have led her to her work with a cutting-edge international nutraceutical company. Miriam has a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Zurich, with a specialization in Youth and Child Psychology, and is also a certified teacher of Laban Modern Dance, as well as a singer and vocal instructor. She leads workshops on authentic voice and movement, and has performed both as a soloist and in a variety of choirs such as the Swiss National Television Choir. From 1992-2002 Miriam lived in an integrally-informed intentional community and there honed the skills of group facilitation, conflict resolution and generative dialogue.

With her husband, Stephan Martineau, she creates transformative community and educational events internationally, as well teaches courses on integral community and evolving the relational field. Miriam lives in the pristine mountains of interior British Columbia, homeschooling her daughter, growing a garden, and co-creating Community.

Entries by Miriam Mason Martineau

Regret: Facing, Feeling and Healing the Heartache of Lost Possibilities

(19) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 9:44 AM

A friend and colleague, recently turned 40, shared the following sentiment, "I have now reached the age when I experience regret. And it sucks."

There, he said it. Just like that. I remember the relief I felt, hearing someone speak this out loud. Not whitewashing the experience with something like,...

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Inspired by Moments of Emotional Brilliance -- Tender and Tuned In: Part 3

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Here's the third and final vignette in my three-part blog series on delightful expressions of emotional health and capacity in children, ones that surprise and hearten us amidst the journey of helping them develop emotional intelligence (you can find the first one here and the second...

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Inspired by Moments of Emotional Brilliance -- Tender and Tuned In: Part 2

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 3:06 AM

Here's the second vignette from my three-part blog series about delightful expressions of emotional health and capacity in children, ones that surprise and hearten us amidst the journey of helping them develop emotional intelligence (you can read the first one here>>):

It's a golden late summer's day. My...

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Inspired by Moments of Emotional Brilliance -- Tender and Tuned In: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Children rely on our support and guidance in navigating the emotional ups and downs of life. Developing emotional intelligence takes time and is an ongoing journey for every human being. And yet our children sometimes also surprise us with delightful expressions of emotional health and capacity.

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What to Do When My Child Lies? 13 Ways to Respond, Prevent, and Strengthen Honest Communication

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 5:41 PM

Think of the times in your life you have lied. And why.

Were you afraid of what would happen if you told the truth? Worried how the other would react? Whether you'd get into trouble?

Or because you felt ashamed? Because covering up the truth seemed easier than dealing...

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The Sustaining Weave of Small Gestures

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 1:41 PM

A few days ago, as I brought my Christmas mail to the post office, a young mother caught my eye. She was planting a quick kiss on her envelopes before dropping them in the mailbox. She did it covertly, so no one would see. But I did.

I asked...

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Ode to the Elasticity of the Mother Heart

(2) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 4:27 PM

I was a real family girl as a kid... well attached, loved my family to bits, substantially more prone to homesickness than my siblings. I remember the feeling of being curled up with my mama as one of the most all-encompassing experiences of complete goodness and safety.

And now? I...

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Receive Generously: Getting to the Core of Our Human Thirst

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 11:59 AM

I was 13 when, due to a number of conducive circumstances -- including being immersed in gorgeous choral singing in a candlelit chapel, and my own spiritual fervor -- I experienced my first conscious glimpse of God's unconditional love. Of being bathed in the incredible love and grace that is...

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You're It! An Invitation to Show Up Fully

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 4:40 PM

Remember that feeling when you played tag as a kid and got caught? "You're it!" And there was no more running away, no swerving or turning back.

The only way onward was to be it, to go for it, to play and run. Do you recall the mixture of yikes...

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For the Interim Time...

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 4:18 PM

This past week, I have been living life with tears just behind the layer of daily functioning, joys and busyness. The troubles of this world, the craziness of our humanity and the suffering we inflict and experience have felt so close, also the contortions, confusion and tangled webs we weave......

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Can You Be Grateful for What You Don't Like?

(7) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 11:41 AM

Lying under a starry night last week while camping and looking up for shooting stars with my 8-year old daughter, our conversation turned to gravity, what it is and how it keeps us from spinning off the face of the earth. We both lay there, letting the significance of gravity...

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Thinning Carrots and the Art of Discernment

(10) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 8:00 AM

Sunday afternoon, with an hour to spare, I wander to the garden to thin some baby carrots - those wee beginnings of carrots, just tufts of green really - so as to create more space for the few I leave to fully grow and flourish. The sun is warm on...

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