The book “Breathe With Me” by Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder is a great guide for young children ages 4–8. It helps guide the children through six breathing meditation exercises to promote body awareness, calm anger, allow them to feel stronger in new situations, feel energized in the morning, and to relax at bedtime.
In the below video, the author Mariam Gates shares her book with a group of preschoolers. You may enjoy watching this at home with your young ones to help them connect with their breath.
I would like to share a quote with you that I recently read:
I prefer joy in the present to riches in the future.
What a wonderful reminder to remain grounded in the present instead of waiting / wishing for the riches of the future.
I have just finished reading her autobiography titled “The Story of My Life”, which is where I came across this quote. What a remarkable woman she was! Despite being blind and deaf from the age of 19 months (after suffering a terrible illness) she graduated cum laude from university with a BA degree.
She was a fiercely determined woman and filled with a huge love for life and all that the present moment offers us.
I can personally vouch for the author, Tania Ferreira, of this lovely e-book, Introduction to transforming family life with mindfulness. I have studied under Tania and she has a wonderful, compassionate approach in her work with children. She is full of wisdom and offers many practical ways in which to bring mindfulness into family life. This book is well worth a read if you are new to mindfulness and would like to know more. If you are based in South Africa, you might also like to consider the Mindful Minis Foundation Training program which offers parents and teachers the opportunity to learn more about bringing mindfulness into the lives of the children around them.