As you know there are many ways to practice mindfulness. You can be mindful of what is happening on the inside of your body. This includes noticing your breath, heartbeat, thoughts, and how you feel. You can also be mindful of what is happening on the outside of your body such as what you hear, smell, see, taste and feel. At Mindful Child we explore mindfulness on the inside and outside in all of our classes in many different ways.
Here are three simple ways to explore mindfulness:
- Feel your breath. One of the most powerful mindfulness tools is our breath. Our bodies can breathe in lots of different ways and how we breathe can affect how we feel. Closing your eyes and noticing how you are breathing can tell you how you are feeling in your body.
- Engage your senses. Take a walk through your house. While you are walking pay attention to your five senses (touch, sight, taste, smell, and hearing). Notice the sounds you hear. Can you hear three different sounds? Take a deep breath, what do you smell? Can you find all the colors of the rainbow? Touch a few objects. What do you notice?
- Scan it. A body scan can help you become aware of what is happening in your body and release stress. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in. Let it out. Imagine a scanner is slowly moving up your body. Let your body feel heavy and relaxed as the scanner moves gently over your body. Open your eyes. What did the scanner notice?
Science tells us the more we explore mindfulness the more calming brain chemicals our body makes. Try different activities to determine which engage your child. Need more ideas? Join us for our Mindful Child Teacher Training this summer.