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 »

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 »

Teens Crave Mindful Moments – Mercer Island Schools

Arlen Levy and Lynn Brazg have been piloting mindfulness programs in middle and high school classrooms in the Mercer Island School District in Washington State. They find that the students crave the quiet time to just BE. One class actually applauds at the end of each lesson! Arlen and Lynn are convinced of the benefits mindfulness holds for teens. Lessons that offer increasing levels of self-reflection help students become aware of… Read More »

Teaching Mindfulness and Heartfulness in Mercer Island Elementary Schools

Janine Bloomfield volunteers in classrooms to offer 15 – 20 minute mindfulness lessons to K-5 students at West Mercer Elementary. As a scientist, Janine sees a link between the observational skills in scientific research and the mindfulness practice of noticing “what is” in a nonjudgmental way. “If you’re going to take a sample of something, you have to determine exactly what’s there. You’re not going to determine ‘Well, I like… Read More »

Mindfulness in the Mercer Island Schools – Panel

A 7th grader discovered that “you can be calm and happy for a moment.” A 5th grader looked out the window and thought, “I’m bored,“ but then thought again, “Wait. No I’m not. I’m enjoying the view.” She decided to stay sitting, and her father joined her… A 12th grader shared that after using the mindfulness techniques, “I felt like a huge weight was taken off me.” Students’ insights, such as these,… Read More »

Responding vs. Reacting – Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Parenting

In the inevitable difficult moments of parenting, we can find ourselves reacting automatically and unconsciously to something a child says or does. Our reactions can range from  mild irritation and annoyance to intense emotions of anger, frustration, or fear.  These reactions can lead to behaviors that are not in our child’s best interest, nor in our own.  Through mindful awareness we can choose more intentional and appropriate ways of responding.… Read More »

Mindfulness Education: Two Free March Events!

Mindfulness Education in K-12 Schools – a Panel Discussion for Parents will be held in Seattle at Frantz Coe Elementary, Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 – 8:00.  Come see how Mindfulness-based education is being done in and around Seattle! How to Create Resilient Students and Adults – Webinar takes place Tuesday, March 11th, 4:00 – 5:00 PDT.   Dr. Clay Cook, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, presents research on  resiliency.… Read More »