what we do

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

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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mindfulness and my feelings

Posted on 10 Apr 2019

mindfulness and my feelings

Today was a great start to another term of Mindful Minis. The theme for this term is Mindful Me. In each lesson the children will explore ways in which they can practise mindfulness in their daily lives – at home, at school, in the park, in the car, anywhere! Over the term they will build up a mindfulness tool bag of techniques that can help them self-regulate so that they are better able to respond consciously to challenging situations instead of reacting instinctively. This week we looked at...

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growing grateful hearts finale

Posted on 6 Mar 2019

growing grateful hearts finale

This week was a very special lesson as it was the final lesson in our series of Growing Grateful Hearts. Over the past 6 weeks, the children have decorated stones to represent the different things that they have felt grateful for. Each week had a broad theme to consider and the children were encouraged to find something within that theme to give thanks for. • My body • My food • My community • Nature • Gifts of Service from Others • Today So, in the lessons this week, we took some time to...

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experience gratitude using mindfulness

Posted on 27 Feb 2019

experience gratitude using mindfulness

Last year I read an enlightening article on gratitude that stuck with me. The author explained how gratitude comes from noticing one’s life, not thinking about it. He explained how we are often asked to think about what we are grateful for, but that thinking about what we are grateful for, doesn’t necessarily leave us feeling grateful inside. He explained how it is rather the experience that leaves us feeling grateful, not the idea of something. This really resonated with me. He wrote...

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grateful for acts of service from others

Posted on 20 Feb 2019

grateful for acts of service from others

I first came across the term “acts of service” when reading Dr Gary Chapman’s book “The 5 Love Languages”. Dr Chapman describes in his book how this love language is about showing a person how loved they are by helping them and doing small things for them e.g. cooking them a special meal that they like or washing the dishes for them. This got me thinking about how different people do stuff for us all the time, every day. Not necessarily to leave us feeling loved, but to help us none the less....

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grateful for nature

Posted on 13 Feb 2019

grateful for nature

This week we centered our gratitude around nature. Living in Cape Town, we are privileged to live at the foot of a breath-taking mountain. Table Mountain is a part of our every day. We see it on the way to school. We see it on the way to work. We may drive around it daily to get to the other side of the mountain. We can’t miss it! But this week, I encouraged the children to think about what it really means to live so close to a significant natural wonder. We spoke about some of the other...

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