Why we need to build time for Intentional Stillness in our School day?
Lets start with some self-reflection: How many of you are shuttling between multiple social media networks every single day? How many of you reflexively reach for your phone - like all the time? How many of your party time discussions are around watching a useless video on your phone? How many of you are jumping from one thought to another, no different from how you constantly check your phone for that instant gratification? Now for a minute: I want you to step away from your
10 Reasons Why Mindfulness Should Be Taught To Children
As parents and educators, our goals for our children is to provide them with problem solving, creativity and survival skills for this world that we live in. We want them to have a positive relationships with all around them but especially, with their own selves. We give them the best academic and extracurricular exposure but at the same time we provide them with Social and Emotional Learning. We want them to make responsible decisions without being swayed by emotions. We want
Meditation has significant mental and physical health benefits for both adults and kids. Lots of schools are doing short meditations and find that the children are more relaxed, more focused, have greater concentration and are better able to cope through the day. Harvard research has shown that meditation can increase levels of serotonin in the brain, as well as growth hormone which repairs cells and tissue. It has also been shown to lower the heart rate, boost immunity, lowe
Body Scan Meditation For Tweens
This is a body scan for children. If you’re a parent, you might choose to do this with your child, or feel free to use the audio or the whole video as part of bedtime routine or at any other time of the day. You can use the script and do the meditation with your children. 1) Lie down on your back or sit in a comfortable position. Let your legs and your arms relax. Close your eyes. 2) Take two or three gentle, large breaths. Imagine you are floating in a cloud and let yourself
One of the first exercise we teach the kids in our class is mindful listening. We start with the simple act of sitting in the right posture, closing their eyes to reflect willingness and intent. We then chime a bell and invite children to listen to the bell through the whole sound of the bell. They have to listen to the bell through the whole process of chiming: the moment the bell rings till the moment it ends. End as defined: No trace of any sound (Absolute stillness). They