Mindfulness



Mindfulness is kind awareness of the present moment without judgment. Focusing on the present, not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. The practice of mindfulness is about observing your thoughts for exactly what they are thoughts. When you practice being mindful you begin to realize your thoughts do not define you or control you - they are simply thoughts. Once you can observe your thoughts from a detached manner you can let go of stress an anxiety. 



Benefits of Mindfulness for Children
Children experience more awareness of their body, thoughts and emotions
Children are better able to stay more focused
Children can experience less stress and anxiety
Mindfulness can improve impulse control and interpersonal skills
Executive function can increase
Can Improve memory
Can Help Make better decisions
Can Help creativity
Can Improve resilience and confidence

Mindfulness training can lead to structural changes in the brain that develop and enhance the qualities of Compassion, Kindness, and Patience

Ways to easily fit mindfulness into a daily schedule:
Express gratitude
Enjoy a cup of juice or a favorite drink
Deep breathing
Draw/Color
Listen to music
Talk a walk and notice your surroundings
Put down the phone or walk away from the computer
Close your eyes and visualize

STOP:
Stop what you are doing, pause for a moment
Take a breath, anchor yourself to the present moment
Observe what is happening inside you and outside of you
Proceed, continue what you were doing 
 
RAIN:
Recognize what is happening
Allow life to be as it is
Investigate inner experience with kindness
Non-Identification


Fun Activities to promote Mindfulness
Coming soon:
Mindful Eating
Gratitude Journal
Gratitude Jar
Glitter Jar




Lessons



Breathing and Mindfulness Lessons
Coming soon

Listen to Owls Talking ︎

Breathing Lesson ︎













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