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Articles describing the fun we have had in previous Mindful Minis classes and workshops

respect

Posted on 18 Apr 2018

respect

Wow. What a wonderful way to start term 2 of Mindful Minis – rain, glorious rain! In the midst of the severe drought that Cape Town is currently experiencing, we had a day filled with beautiful winter rain. I think many of us were slightly unprepared for the wet weather and some of the children did get a bit chilly, but we felt blessed to once again be able to enjoy the sound of falling rain. In fact, it tied in nicely with the guided visualisation that we did this week and provided some...

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connect

Posted on 14 Mar 2018

connect

With it being the last lesson of the term this week, I prepared something special for the children. Games and Treats = Mindfulness? Well, yes, in this week’s lessons it did 😊 The theme for the week was Connect. Thich Nhat Hanh explains this in such a wonderful, child-friendly way in his beautiful book, “Planting Seeds”. I used his exercise of seeing the clouds in the peanut butter balls to start the classes this week and it worked wonderfully. I presented each child with a peanut butter ball...

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creativity is key

Posted on 8 Mar 2018

creativity is key

I was invited to speak at The Spiritual Centre in Diep River (Cape Town, South Africa) last week about mindfulness for children. During the evening I had a conversation with a lovely elderly lady who gave me inspiration for the lessons for this week – thanks Isabel! She spoke about how much she enjoyed looking through a kaleidoscope as child. How the colours and patterns can be mesmerising, drawing one into the moment, to be completely absorbed by the reflections of the prism. It struck me...

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share the good

Posted on 28 Feb 2018

share the good

We started off the classes this week learning a new way to connect with the breath. A few of the children had mentioned last week that were finding it hard to connect with their breath in the “world out there”. This week I showed them a simple technique which I call Petal Breathing where you imagine your hand as a flower, with each finger being a petal. You trace the fingers and thumb of your hand with the fore finger of the other hand. You inhale on a trace up to a finger tip and then exhale...

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take care of yourself

Posted on 21 Feb 2018

take care of yourself

In the classes this week, we followed on from our discussion about how to love ourselves. We reminded ourselves that healthy eating, drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep, doing exercise and breathing lots of outdoor, fresh air are some of the ways in which we can show love to ourselves and taking care of ourselves. So we started off the classes by taking some deep breaths and practising some new breath awareness exercises. The first exercise was blowing bubbles. Great fun! We passed...

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mindful moments in nature

Posted on 17 Feb 2018

mindful moments in nature

We had a wonderful workshop in Newlands Forest this morning with the focal point being the river. Despite the severe drought in Cape Town, the river was still flowing gently. What a privilege to be able to sit on its banks and listening to the soft, soothing sound of the flowing water. By following the bright orange ribbons in the trees, the Mindful Minis and their parents all managed to find their way to our meeting spot at the side of the river. We started off connecting as a group by making...

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we are filled with love

Posted on 15 Feb 2018

we are filled with love

With talk of love all around this Valentines week, I decided it was fitting for the Mindful Minis to look at how to fill ourselves with love. Often we are encouraged to love other people, show kindness to others, care for others but sometimes in doing so, we forget to love ourselves. It can sometimes be far easier to show love outwards than to show love to ourselves. So this week in the classes, we discussed what self-love is, whether it is important or not and how to show it to ourselves. The...

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find the quiet place within

Posted on 8 Feb 2018

find the quiet place within

Mindful Minis had a great start to 2018! It was wonderful to see the children again after the holidays and it was great to welcome some new faces who were giving mindfulness a try for the first time. The theme for this term is Breathe and Be. I am drawing inspiration from the beautiful book with the same title by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Anna Emilia Laitinen. It is a wonderful book of mindfulness poems for children that really capture the essence of mindfulness. This week we focused on...

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mindful micro minis workshop – week 4

Posted on 15 Dec 2017

mindful micro minis workshop – week 4

Today we held the 4th and final lesson of the Mindful Micro Minis Workshop. We recapped a few of the exercises we had done in the past 3 weeks but also experimented with some new ideas. The class started with our wonderful breathing exercise of smelling the flower (breathing in through the nose) and blowing out the candle (breathing out through the mouth). As in previous weeks, each child had a turn to blow out a real, lit candle which was very exciting for them. We also passed around the...

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mindful micro minis workshop – week 3

Posted on 9 Dec 2017

mindful micro minis workshop – week 3

This week was the 3rd week in our 4-week Mindful Micro Minis Workshop. We started off the class with some flower-candle breathing. Each child had a chance to “smell the flower” by breathing in through their nose and then blow out the candle. This image of the flower and the candle is a wonderful way to teach children how to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. We continued with practising our breathing by using the breathing glitter wand. So, each child got a chance to turn...

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