what we do

Posts describing what we do in the weekly Mindful Minis classes and workshops

mindful me

Posted on 6 Jun 2019

mindful me

This week has been the final in the Mindful Me Series. We looked back on what we had covered over the term: • What is mindfulness and how can it help me to understand my feelings • Engaging our 5 senses to ground ourselves • Mindful eating and drinking • Affirmations • Mindful listening • Breath awareness • Mindful movement • Mindful walking • Guided visualisations It was lovely to chat a bit about how the children are using what they learn in the classes, in their daily lives outside of the...

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guided visualisations

Posted on 29 May 2019

guided visualisations

“Your mind is a powerful thing. When you filter it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” ~Buddha In the classes this week, we chatted a bit about guided visualisations and how they can help us to find the calm within. A guided visualisation is a mind-body technique in which a child (or adult) is guided in mental images that aim to re-create a perceptual sensory experience for the child. Suggestions around sights, sounds, tastes, smells and movements are made....

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mindful walking

Posted on 23 May 2019

mindful walking

“When you walk, arrive with every step. That is walking meditation. There’s nothing else to it.” ~ Thich Nhat Hahn – How to Walk (Parallel Press April 2015) When we consciously focus on our breathing, we open up ourselves to listen more intently to our bodies. The same can be achieved through mindful walking. It helps to ground ourselves in the present moment and deepen the connection to our bodies. In the classes this week, the children explored some mindful walking. It is amazing...

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mindful movement

Posted on 15 May 2019

mindful movement

In the classes this week we focused on mindful movement as part of the Mindful Me series. By practising mindful movement, a child can strengthen their connection to the body and deeper their internal awareness. We started with our usual breath awareness exercises. In any mindful movement sequence, breathing is important. It can often be forgotten because one is so focused on what is happening in the body so it is always good to start with a couple of exercises that focus only on the breath. We...

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you have a treasure within

Posted on 24 Apr 2019

you have a treasure within

“Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love – you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” ~ Eckhart Tolle Our focus this week was affirmations. Interestingly, many of the children did not know what an affirmation is or how it can be used. So, it was useful to start right at the beginning and discuss what an affirmation actually is. Simply put, an affirmation is a positive word or...

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drink your tea slowly

Posted on 17 Apr 2019

drink your tea slowly

This week the focus was on using our five senses to help us be more mindful. Engaging the senses, with intention, is a great way to help a child (and an adult) connect with the present moment. We started by exploring what the 5 senses are – sight, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting. We also discussed how there are 5 basic tastes – sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami – but as the kids rightly pointed out, it often feels like there are a lot more! Umami is not a well-known one but refers...

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