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

your special animal

Posted on 20 Sep 2018

your special animal

Our theme for the term has been animals and what animals can teach us about mindfulness. This week in each class it was the last lesson for the term so I decided to personalise things a bit and let each child discover an animal that held meaning for them. This was done in earnest through the guided visualisation in which I suggested that the children met an animal in their minds that had a message for them. I suggested that the message was one that would help the seeds of happiness to grow in...

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Overcome the crocodile within

Posted on 12 Sep 2018

Overcome the crocodile within

This week we looked at a representation of fear in the form of a crocodile. Those yellow eyes, huge jaws and sharp teeth (all 80 of them) – what’s not to be scared of! I had some pictures of crocodiles to show the children and quite frankly, just looking at the pictures, I got shivers down my spine. So, I thought it fitting to personify fear as a crocodile and unpack our experience of it. I recently read this story: Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle...

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the mindful owl

Posted on 7 Sep 2018

the mindful owl

Owls are considered to be wise. I have always wondered why this is, so I decided to do a bit of research. Numerous articles I read suggested that it goes back to the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, who has an owl as her symbol. Apparently, the Greeks thought owls had some sort of inner light that let them see at night. Some suggestions I read said that owls came to represent wisdom because of their large eyes, leaving the impression that they are taking in everything around them....

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the kind heart

Posted on 4 Sep 2018

the kind heart

This afternoon Mindful Minis held a workshop with the Grade 1 and 2 girls from the Hearts Club at Springfield Convent. Today’s theme was the Kind Heart, the second workshop from the Loving Heart Series by Mindful Minis. We started with our 3 deep breaths and listening to the chimes. We reminded ourselves what mindfulness is by watching the glitter jar. When the jar is shaken up, the glitter moves around chaotically, representing how we sometimes feel when our thoughts and feelings are all over...

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which wolf are you feeding?

Posted on 29 Aug 2018

which wolf are you feeding?

A group of Cherokee children in North America gathered around their grandfather. They were filled with excitement and curiosity. That day in their village there had been a lot of shouting between two adults. Their grandfather was called to mediate to help bring peace. One of the children asked a question that puzzled him. “Grandfather, why do people fight?”. The old man thought about it for quite some time and then replied: “Well, we all have two wolves inside us, you see. They are in our...

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whats that smell?

Posted on 23 Aug 2018

whats that smell?

This week we looked at one of the Big Five, the African Elephant. Huge and powerful creatures, yet they have the ability to engage with each other in a soft and playful manner. Maybe an idea for a future lesson in compassionate communication (watch this space!). But instead, I chose the focus for this week to be the elephant’s trunk. According to The Telegraph (2014), elephants have the best smell in the animal kingdom. Now, I don’t mean that they cover themselves with an attractive smelling...

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