Sometimes our lives can get extra busy and we are totally consumed. We can feel overwhelmed, challenged and distracted. Mindfulness is a technique that helps us to “live in the moment”.
Mindfulness is a practice whereby you bring your awareness to the present moment in time and experience it without judgement or expectation. Kids are better at this than adults. They just get absorbed in the moment such as when they are playing or eating something yummy.
You might recall the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare thinks it can beat the tortoise in a race, but ends up getting distracted rushing here and there instead of focusing on the task. The tortoise just takes one step at a time to get to the finish line, mindfully focusing on the task at hand.
A common task that is used to raise awareness of mindfulness is the Raisin Exercise.
Put a few raisins on a plate and try the following:
The outcome of a simple exercise like this can help you with your work/life balance. Consider how mindfulness can have health and well-being benefits for your and your students.
Here are some mindfulness ideas:
How to introduce mindfulness into your classroom: nine handy tips
Mindfulness activities and teaching resources
Video, audio and books for introducing mindfulness to your school.
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