Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality
(Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go There You Are, P4).
Most days at school each class spends some time experiencing a mindfulness activity. Below are some suggestions you may like to try at home.
- Put on some relaxing music
- Help in the garden
- Warm up stretches
A great way to start the day - get the breath going, the blood flowing, the mind and body working in unison. This can take any form you like, just some simple stretches would be great. A walk or run around your house when the weather allows - anything that gets the kids moving - and with a smile on their face!
- What’s that feeling?
Lead the kids through various feelings - anger, sadness, excitement, happiness, calm. What does [the feeling] look like? Move body. What does it sound like? Make noise. What does it feel like? Repeat for each feeling. Maybe at the end discuss, What felt good? What didn’t feel so good? If you can choose what you feel, what would you choose?
- Neighbourhood Walks / Bear Hunts!
The benefits of walking are many - for students and adults, alike. You don’t need to go anywhere special, simply walking outside is enough. Feeling the air on your skin, breathing in the freshness. Encourage a discussion of everything that is living outside, everything that helps us to live. Compare our body to a tree - our feet connected to the ground, our legs a trunk, our arms branches, fingers like leaves. Just as trees live and breathe and grow, we live and breathe and grow - really acknowledging these similarities and how much we rely on trees (and vice versa) helps children to gain an appreciation for all life and how much it needs protecting.