The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers - Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness is based on present moment awareness. Paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and environment moment-by-moment. Therefore not living in the past or future, rather being here, now completely. To be mindful means to be awake to what you are experiencing physically, emotionally and cognitively without judgement or trying to change it. Fundamentally, mindfulness is being open to the here and now with compassion and acceptance. When we live mindfully we cultivate a deep awareness and knowing of life, this leads to a sense of freedom as you no longer attach on to thoughts, feelings and sensations and wish for things to be different. Through this you also learn the ability to see things clearly, therefore move closer and closer to your authentic self, where we know what is the most skillful response in each moment.
Mindfulness changes your relationship with your mind and emotions, allowing you to see things clearly and respond in the most appropriate way
Much of our lives are spent on auto-pilot as parents as well as for children. We have routines, work, school etc and we go through the motions, not really paying attention to what we are doing. For children, they live in a world being told what to do, their lack of agency may lead to them going through the motions without being fully present in the here and now.
Teaching children these skills and way of being in the world helps them deal more positively and mindfully with life’s challenges throughout school and beyond.
• Self and situational awareness
• Behavior and discipline
• Attention and focus
• Participation and cooperation
• Impulse control
• Self regulation
• Interpersonal skills
• Empathy and compassion
Teaching your child mindfulness you know you are contributing to raising a more conscious and mindful child, which is essential in the fast paced and, technological advanced world that we live in - Mindful Discipline, Shauna Shapiro, Chris White
Mindfulness for schools- a different approach to teaching and learning (the mindful way).
Providing schools with the principles of mindfulness thus creating a compassionate and thoughtful environment for children and staff.
Ensuring the well-being of children and staff.
Enhance learning and academic achievements.
Improving relationships between children and teachers Creating loving and accepting friendships.
With mindfulness, we have a heightened awareness of the minds processes (what we see, hear,taste, smell,feel or think) as well as our external environment and with awareness we notice our current state of mind.