WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

 

"Paying attention on purpose—in the present moment and nonjudgmentally—to the unfolding of experience moment to moment."

-Kabat-Zinn

 

The Webster Dictionary defines it as follows:

  1. The quality or state of being mindful.

  2. The practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also: such a state of awareness.

 

Mindful Movements are practices that teach Mindfulness and awareness in movement, such as walking, dancing, Tai Chi, and yoga.

BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN

Practicing Mindfulness has many wonderful benefits, but its benefits to children are amazing:

  • Increases emotional intelligence

  • Reduces stress

  • Discharges energy

  • Enhances listening skills

  • Enhances learning

  • Enhances self-esteem

  • Enhances cooperation skills

  • Increases self-control

  • Builds peaceful people

STANDING LIKE A TREE

A MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

Here is an example of a mindfulness practice that can be done with children and adults alike.  It involves the yoga pose called "Tree Pose."

 

STANDING LIKE A TREE:

Standing like a tree

With my roots down deep

And my branches wide and open.

Down comes the sun

Down comes the rain

Down comes the love into my heart

Which is open to be

Standing like a tree.