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Welcome to our monthly newsletter, Stepping Stones. Here, we talk about the science and knowledge behind our teaching philosophy and update you with news, upcoming activities and more. We hope you like it!

"To give attention – as a parent, a teacher, a friend – is to give love."

Natalie de Salzmann, mentor and founder of the Etievan Educational Model

Dear <<First Name>>,

It is true that our capacity to attend depends on our brain’s ability to tune out unimportant sensory information in order to complete tasks, learn and remember. Once our attention is placed on something, a great amount of energy and internal resources are used to sustain our engagement. 

There is however a less explored quality of attention. Attention is ultimately a very intimate experience. It represents my choosing of where and for how long I place my energy, my interest, my time.

To give someone our complete attention is to let them know they matter enough to spend my energy and my time exclusively on them. As parents, teachers and caregivers… moments of true attention allow the other to feel our care, our love. 

Opposite to multi-tasking and being scattered, the experience of attention is internally organizing. It helps the nervous system settle and be fully ready to engage. Our brain focuses on one thing at a time, the task at hand.

Society keeps training us out of this innate capacity. We are forced to divide our energy available for attention into too many small fragments that end up dissolving this ability. Tasks are done in a state of semi-absence, without true care. 

At the same time, attention is an ability we can rebuild (or support in young children). The more parts of ourselves that are involved in a task, the more attention one gathers, and the more focus one is able to bring. We can’t stress this more. Without including the use of our bodies (movement, posture, etc), attention becomes stagnant and is less able to engage.

Our hearts feel the experience, our minds interpret it,
our bodies contain it all.

 

CHALLENGE YOURSELF: Next time someone tells you a story, are you able to pay full attention beginning to end? Can you listen fully while ignoring your own thoughts, judgements, parallel comments, etc? How long until you first get distracted?  

Are you looking for educational programs that will focus on developing attention? Take a look at our offerings below and join or continue to be part of the Integral Steps community! 

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Also, Fall registration is here!

Integral Steps offers programs for students of all backgrounds and abilities tailored to challenge, stimulate and support! From new programs like Flute Moves to longtime favorites like Music Together, there is something for every level and interest. Join us today!

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Looking for music lessons?  Visit our instrumental academy! 

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INTEGRAL STEPS IN THE COMMUNITY

Integral Steps received a grant from the Ray Lanyon Fund to support our partnership with the Wild Plum Center in Longmont. We are honored to bring music and arts classes to complement Wild Plum's comprehensive early childhood education services, which are offered at no cost to low-income families. BIG THANKS to the Lanyon Fund and everyone in our community who supports this important work!

Multiverse: The Phenomena of Growth
Thursday August 19, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Multiverse, one of Integral Steps partners, is hosting a unique evening of Art & Science inspired by the fractal patterns of nature from the MIT Fluids Lab. 

Join the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in partnership with Multiverse Concert Series for a unique STEAM evening of music and science inspired by the fractal patterns of nature—as revealed by the MIT Fluids Lab. The spontaneous growth of patterns happens throughout nature: from the fractal branches of fluids and river beds, to the living structures of our own lungs and blood vessels. Over the course of the evening, we will explore how nature gives rise to our complex world through mini-lectures.

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