Mind Full, or Mindful
  • Mindfulness: Being Aware & Being Present

    In our busy world, our minds and bodies can get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, and may have a hard time slowing down. It is also easy to get stuck thinking about things in the past or the future, while forgetting to focus on the here and now. The benefits of mindfulness for children and adults are plentiful, including decreased stress and increased resilience. Mindfulness is about learning how to train our focus; bringing our attention to our thoughts and feelings without judgement. 

    To begin guidance classes this year, students will be learning about mindfulness by practicing a quiet moment, deep breathing techniques, and talking about how staying in the moment can help us to cope with difficult feelings, learn more in class, and be a better friend. 
    For more information about mindfulness, check out www.mindful.org.  There are also several mindfulness apps you can try; examples include mindful-app.com or www.headspace.com.
    Check out these children’s books about mindfulness: 
    Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer 
    Sitting Still Like a Frog by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn 
    Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids by Maud Roegiers 
    Silence by Lemniscates 
    Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubinstein
    (Source: The School Counselor Kind)