what we do

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

eggs

Posted on 24 Jul 2019

eggs

What do you notice about these two eggs? In the classes this week, the children identified: That the eggs are different colours – one being white and the other one brown. They noted that they are similar in size – kinda medium was the standard answer. Not as big as an ostrich’s egg and not as small as a humming bird’s eggs. They are similar in shape – sort of oval, sort of pointy at the top, sort of like a circle. Some of the children noted some speckles on the brown egg whereas the...

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walking tall

Posted on 18 Jul 2019

walking tall

Despite the cold winter’s day outside, it was warm and snuggly inside the Mindful Minis Studio this week. It was great to see all the children again after the school holidays and to welcome some new faces. The theme for this term is ANIMALS. I chose this theme firstly because kids LOVE animals! But also, because I feel that animals can teach us a lot about living in the moment. They are not consumed with anger or guilt about what happened yesterday. Nor do they fear or worry about what is...

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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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