Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? 

“the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn definition of mindfulness. Source: https://www.mindfulschools.org/foundational-concepts/what-is-mindfulness/

Smiling Mind 

Mindfulness explained by students: 

Where to start: 

Here are some good example lessons and introduction videos about mindfulness.

Mindful Schools: https://www.mindfulschools.org/resources/explore-mindful-resources/

‘Getting started’ lesson information

 

Mindful practice for students:  

Guided Meditations: https://www.smilingmind.com.au/ 

Smiling Mind Meditation Example

Mindful Listening

Breathing practise, eg. Take 5 Breathing

Mindful Jar
Instructions: https://www.mindful.org/how-to-create-a-glitter-jar-for-kids/
or https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/

Practice being ‘aware’. Will you react or respond?
Taking a mindful moment could be done before, during and after a fitness game. Or take a moment to be aware when doing a ‘team challenge’.

  1. Notice our body response / scan the body
  2. Notice our thoughts: Are they helpful?
  3. Stop
  4. Attention to breath

Reference: Jan Carey, Director & Facilitator, The Mindful Classroom

More mindful activities: https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/, such as:

  • Mindful/safari walk: listen carefully to the sounds outside, eg. wind, birds.
  • Taste test: taste something small such as a sultana or Malteser. Look at it, smell it, be aware of your body’s responses. Carefully place it on your tongue, be aware, slowly and mindfully chew.
  • Balloon: move slowly and gently to keep the balloon off the ground, pretending it is fragile.

 

General Information 

Mindfulness teacher courses in South Australia:
http://www.themindfulclassroom.com.au/

Benefits of mindfulness described by https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/

  • mitigate the effects of bullying (Zhou, Liu, Niu, Sun, & Fan, 2016)
  • enhance focus in children with ADHD (Zhang et al., 2016)
  • reduce attention problems (Crescentini, Capurso, Furlan, & Fabbro, 2016).
  • improving mental health and wellbeing
  • improve social skills when well taught and practiced in children and adolescents.

Excellent book about mindfulness, written by a teacher:
Teach, Breathe, Learn” by Meena Srinivasan

Click here for resources which support teacher well-being

 

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