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

june/july holiday workshop – the mindful owl

Posted on 3 Jul 2018

june/july holiday workshop – the mindful owl

There is a wonderful story about an owl that we can call on to help us when we feel anxious or afraid. A wise owl that can help us discern whether the, often overwhelming, feelings need to be acted on or whether fear is the problem. I decided to use this story as the basis for the theme for the holiday workshops – The Mindful Owl. In the story there is also an elephant. He is a very emotional elephant and can get quite panicked at times. The mindful owl helps him to calm down. So, on day...

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pebbles

Posted on 13 Jun 2018

pebbles

With it being the last lesson of the term this week, we did things a bit differently. In each lesson I displayed a beautiful pile of pebbles that I had collected at the Wild Coast on my last trip there in April. When I was collecting the pebbles, I was specifically thinking of the wonderful Pebble Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh detailed in his book “Planting Seeds”. I love this particular meditation for children. The pebbles I had collected were different sizes, different shapes, different...

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celebrating life

Posted on 6 Jun 2018

celebrating life

Some of the Mindful Minis celebrate birthdays this week so it was apt that the theme for the week is Celebrating Life! Birthdays are such an important celebration during childhood and it was wonderful to see the enthusiasm from the children around this topic. We started off by remembering our breath and how it gives us life. We also reminded ourselves that our breath is a bridge to the calm within and that our breath is with us always. We can never forget it or leave it behind! We discussed...

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patience

Posted on 30 May 2018

patience

This week in the classes the children did their first formal sitting meditation. Even the pre-schoolers! It was incredible. They were so beautifully focused and aware. I felt so proud of them. Most of the littlies have been coming to me for some time (more than a year) so we have been working towards this point but was still very inspiring. The lessons were around patience and we used the analogy from Eline Snel of “sitting still like a frog”. We spoke about why it is important for frogs to...

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caring for the environment

Posted on 23 May 2018

caring for the environment

In the classes this week, we looked at how to care for the environment as a way to add handfuls of happiness to the world. I started off the classes by reading the children a story about deforestation in the incredible pop-up book “In the Forest” by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud. This book is a firm favourite with all the age groups (4 – 12 years old). It is a story about a sloth and other creatures living in a forest that gets chopped down. But there is hope. There is a man who misses...

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listening

Posted on 16 May 2018

listening

“Be still – the quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ~unknown The Winter weather this week warmed up at midday and into the afternoons which allowed us to enjoy our classes outdoors. As much as we are praying in earnest for more rain, it was a special treat to enjoy outdoor classes in the warm winter sun. In the lessons this week we spoke about listening. We discussed how there are many forms of listening e.g. we can listen to our parents and friends; we can listen to nature...

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