To Be MindfulPosted by Faith Barbuto
Ask anyone who practices mindfulness or even someone who has just dabbled and the response will surely be that mindfulness is very personal. Each person connects to it in their own unique ways and through practices that work for him or her. Here in Kindergarten, we have been exploring many ways to be mindful. We have tried yoga, tai-chi and meditation, checking in with our minds and bodies after each practice to see how we feel. We have gone on imaginary journeys, used music to calm ourselves down and eaten a raisin using ALL of our senses. All of these activities have helped us learn to be in the moment, to stop and reflect and to just feel our feelings. We also have a place in our classroom called the “peace corner,” a place to go to regulate your own emotions. We have started to delve into the uncomfortable feelings of anger and sadness. In my opinion, the ways that we are teaching our children to calm themselves from the noise of our world and to handle their complex emotions might be the most important teachings of all. One of my favorite ways to gauge the effectiveness of our mindfulness education is to ask the children what they think mindfulness is. I urge you to ask this question at home, you may be amazed at what you learn.
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