Calming Ourselves in Stressful Moments, Third Edition!

We are taking a pause from our blog to complete the Third Edition of Calming Ourselves in Stressful Moments™ for children ages  3 – 8. Our mindfulness-based program guides children through The Calming Skill™, a five-step process to manage stress, as they experience creative and fun calming activities. 30 beautifully illustrated Calming Cards and accompanying guidebook make the program easy to use in a variety of settings. Calming Ourselves materials are suitable for any adult who… Read More »

Mindful Loving: Awakening the Mind & Heart, Blog 5

“Love is sweet, tender and delicious! Love brings happiness to our self and others. We love by the way we walk, speak, listen, sit, and eat. The way we live our daily lives, take care of our self, and love and help other people, animals, and the earth. The way we are truly present. The way we notice and understand. The well-being of the world depends on us.” —Thich Nhat… Read More »

Mindful Eating: Awakening the Mind & Heart, Blog 4

“When we can slow down and really enjoy our food, our life takes on a much deeper quality. I love to sit and eat quietly and enjoy each bite, aware of the presence of my community, aware of all the hard and loving work that has gone into my food. When I eat in this way, not only am I physically nourished, I am also spiritually nourished. The way I… Read More »

Mindful Walking: Awakening the Mind and Heart, Blog 3

The practice of mindful walking is a profound and pleasurable way to deepen our connection with our body, earth, and life. Often when we walk, we are not in our body—we rush around, lost in our thinking, disconnected from our surroundings. Mindful walking unites our body and mind; each conscious step increases our awareness of the present moment. When we touch the earth with awareness, we stop “sleepwalking” and awaken to… Read More »

Mindful Breathing: Awakening the Mind & Heart, Blog 2

Breathing is a miracle, a true gift. Our breath is with us every moment of our life. Breathing is designed to happen on autopilot; we breathe all day long and mostly don’t even notice it. Our attention to our inner world and outer world can also be on autopilot—when this occurs we are not fully embodied or present. Mindful breathing practices anchor us in our body, awakening our mind and heart to more of life’s precious moments.… Read More »

Daily Mindfulness Practices 4 Life: Awakening the Mind & Heart, Blog 1

Spring is the season of awakening and the ideal time to introduce our ♥Awakening the Mind & Heart: Daily Mindfulness Practices 4 Life Blog Series©. Based on the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, this series presents in-the-moment mindfulness strategies to increase our well-being. Four upcoming blogs will highlight: Mindful Breathing, Mindful Walking, Mindful Eating, and Mindful Loving. These simple, yet profoundly powerful actions open our minds and hearts to the… Read More »

Children’s Books About Mindfulness

Books are an entertaining and relevant way to help a child understand what mindfulness is and why it is important. Through humor, whimsy, adventure, poetry, and pictures, mindfulness concepts come alive. The child can see how mindfulness helps characters appreciate the present moment, become more peaceful, and work through challenges. Whether read independently or shared aloud, these books provide the stimulus for rich conversations and incentives to put practices into… Read More »

Seattle Conference: Mindful Families, Schools & Communities

Attend the Mindful Families, Schools & Communities Promoting Child Well-being Conference and be inspired! The University of Washington Center for Child & Family Well-being will host its Biennial Mindfulness Research Conference this April 17 – 18 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, WA. This conference provides a valuable opportunity to experience dynamic presentations by leading researchers and practitioners.  Learn about cutting-edge research and practical programs that really work.  The  focus… Read More »

Cultivating Kindness and Compassion

Mindfulness is paying attention here and now, with kindness and curiosity, and then choosing your behavior — Amy Salzman. The non-judging aspect of kind attention allows us to be with things as they are, even if we don’t like it. This awareness moves us out of resistance and opens us to compassionate choices.  Children resonate intuitively with the concept of kind and curious attention. An upset child can be coached to be mindful… Read More »

Mindfulness in Education Research Highlights

Mindfulness in Education Research Highlights, an annotated bibliography of mindfulness studies, was published last month by Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. A user-friendly list (and downloadable PDF) of 34 selected articles presents brief descriptions of each study and its results. Although mindfulness studies are still in early stages and measuring the effects of mindfulness is challenging, this overview shows encouraging potential benefits of mindfulness practices for students, teachers, and administrators.  … Read More »