Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Viktor Frankl
What does it mean to be mindful?
Simply put, mindfulness means paying attention. Paying attention to how we are feeling in a moment and increasing our awareness to outside factors that impact our current state. It can help us feel less stressed, more calm, happier and more ready to learn.
What is a mindful body?
A mindful body is relaxed and focused. If seated in a chair, a mindful body can include:
back straight, off of the back of the seat
feet flat on floor
hands resting on legs
shoulders back and down
deep breaths in and out
When can you practice being mindful?
Transitions (i.e. in the classroom, starting homework, starting a new sport/activity, etc.)
Before bed or first thing in the morning
When beginning to feel a big emotion (i.e. nervous, frustrated, angry, etc.).
What will students Do during their Mindful Body Lesson?
Students will be asked to practice sitting in a mindful way and will engage in a 1-minute mindfulness. This includes sitting with eyes closed and attempting to remain present and attempt to think only about the "here and now".
We will read the story Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean
Students will learn how to complete Swaying Trees and Finger Fiddle exercises as mindful activities they can use anywhere.
Swaying Trees Activity
Swaying Trees can be an activity used to calm your body and "untangle your branches".
Sit tall or stand with feet apart.
With your eyes open, imagine you are a tree in the wind and your arms are the branches.
Swing your arms side to side and begin to bend at the waist while keeping your arms swinging.
Come up slowly and keep your arms swinging.
Slowly begin to slow your arms to a "gentle breeze" movement.
Finish the exercise by taking three slow breaths and stopping all movement.
Take a moment to notice how your body and mind feels different.
Finger Fiddle Activity
Finger Fiddle can be used to exercise your brain-body connection, preparing you to focus.
Link to Mindful Teachers: site offering resources and activities.
Link to Mindful Schools: site offering videos and books for supporting a mindful school.