What does being mindful mean? Mindfulness has gotten a lot of buzz. Most researchers agree that “Mindful” means being in the present. Mindfulness is allowing your thoughts to be about right now, not worrying about the past or planning the future. Another important part of being mindful is accepting your thoughts and feelings without judgement: good or bad. Read more
It turns out psychologists may have gotten it wrong. Over the years, there has been a tremendous emphasis in our society on building kids’ self-esteem. Psychologists now think we should be teaching children how to develop self-compassion instead.
Mindfulness is often described as an awareness of reality, or the present moment. Mindful eating begins with quieting the environment at meals and snacks and tuning into what is going on inside the body and mind. The following is guide to pursuing a mindful meal during the holidays, or anytime of the year.
Take a moment to relax. Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Allow your belly to rise when you breathe in and fall as you breathe out. Ask yourself where you feel hungry; Mind? Belly? Anywhere else?
Even though several weeks of summer break are left, it’s hard not to think about the impending arrival of the school year. For many kids, that can be a source of anxiety – not knowing what to expect, new teachers, perhaps even a new school building, new routines – and even perhaps sadness that the fun, leisurely days of summer are coming to a close. Amidst the thoughts and worries, it can be easy to lose sight of the present moment. By taking a few moments to focus on the here and now, kids can help ease any anxiety they may be experiencing and even learn to savor those few remaining days of summer play.
During a recent mindfulness class, the middle school aged participants were asked to write a “Loving Kindness” message that was placed in basket. At the end of the six-week session, the kids all took a message. Amid the wishes for happiness and fun times with friends, was the wish for the reader to, “get into the college of your choice.”