mindfulness for kids

                                                               

What is MINDFULNESS?

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The ABC's of Mindfulness*

 

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A is for AWARENESS

- Becoming more aware of what you are thinking and doing - what's going on in your mind and body. Having awareness means to STOP and feel what is happening within you and around you-becoming aware to your surroundings. What are you feeling right now?

 

B is for "JUST BEING" with your experience.

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When you are "just being" it means to CLEAR YOUR MIND of all thoughts- try not to think of anything. It's difficult, so close your eyes if you like. BREATHE in and out deeply and slowly to calm your body. Do this for a few minutes until you feel relaxed.

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C is for SEEING things and RESPONDING more wisely.

Open your eyes and NOTICE HOW YOU FEEL. Continue to clear your mind of all thoughts, but use your senses to discover how you feel. (Smell, touch, taste, hearing) What do you smell? Are you hungry or thirsty? Can you taste anything in your mouth? How does that taste make your body feel? Satisfied or hungry?And so on...

When we use mindfulness to quiet our mind and listen to our body, it helps us to understand how we feel. After having a few minutes to calm our mind and body, we can RESPOND better to these feelings instead of just reacting.

That's

MINDFULNESS

...pretty easy, isn't it?

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View Tracy's Mindfulness Books HERE

     

(*Adapted From: Juliet Adams, Founder of Mindfulnet.org & Director, A Head for Work)