“I want you to fall in love with the feeling that you feel when you breathe deeply and sit in silence. I want you to know the peace and tranquility that these practices can bring to you and your life experience.”
Expect to be able to deal with difficult situations more easily. Expect to be able to choose what is best for you and those around you with less confusion or upset. Expect to be able to move through your day, more awake and aware after practicing the breathing exercises and one of the mindfulness techniques in the morning. Expect to sleep more peacefully when breathing yourself to sleep. And then drop all expectations and just notice what shows up in your life and your relating with others.
The gratitude I feel for the breath and these practices is immense and has truly been the driving force behind sharing them with you, both through the Mindful Me group sessions and the Mindful Me booklet.
We then move onto the introduction of a “Mindful Moment,” where we close our eyes, consciously relax the body, from the top of the head, down through the neck, the shoulders, the torso and so on and begin to notice our breathing. We practice the foundation awareness of breathing for some time then, before moving on to a meditation or other mindfulness exercise.
The primary benefits of these techniques is that they create awareness of “what is”, “the present moment” and how we are feeling or experiencing ourselves, our thoughts and emotions in the now. As such we….
- learn to focus our minds and manage our thoughts consciously with awareness
- learn that we have our thoughts and emotions, they are not us
- learn that powerful feelings do pass and that we can choose to act on behaviour that is good for us or empowering rather than fall into anger or aggression, upset, guilt, or shame
- learn to have self compassion and compassion for others and come from a context of non-judgement
- become more self confident, have self awareness and improved decision making
There is also research identifying that there are benefits in brain development to be had from the practice of meditation and mindfulness.
“According to Dr. Kirk Strosahl and Dr. Patricia Robinson, “research indicates that brain training involving mindfulness practices can strengthen areas of the brain responsible for attention, emotional control, and problem solving…” – http://www.mindfulteachers.org/p/benefits-of-mindfulness.html:
“Mindfulness for young people is easy to carry out, fits into a wide range of contexts, is enjoyed by both students and teachers, and does no harm.
Well conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of young people who take part. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and bad behaviour, improve sleep and self-‐esteem, and bring about greater calmness, relaxation, the ability to manage behaviour and emotions, self-‐awareness and empathy.
Mindfulness can contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills and executive function. It can help young people pay greater attention, be more focused, think in more innovative ways, use existing knowledge more effectively, improve working memory, and enhance planning, problem solving, and reasoning skills.” – https://mindfulnessinschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/MiSP-Research-Summary-2012.pdf
Each Mindful Me lesson is designed specifically for the age group and makes space for movement and relaxation as well as “sitting.” Mindful Me is suitable for children from age 3, teens and adults and we offer sessions for the teachers and classroom assistants at a school too.
For more information or to arrange for a free trial of Mindful Me at your child’s school please contact firstname.lastname@example.org