Mindfulness - Class 3
If you want to know what mindfulness really is, it’s best to try it for a while.
What is the Mind? We know that the mind is not our brain. The mind is not what we think, and the mind is not what we feel.
We’re going to define the mind as our consciousness. And, although you’ll find several different definitions of Mind-ful-ness, the main thing that all definitions have is Awareness. Specifically awareness in the present moment.
With practice we are all capable of taking a step back checking in with our senses and consciously adjusting or thoughts and emotions to serve us better.
Our purpose in this class is to create experience that make our consciousness aware of what to focus on in our external and internal environments. We do this through practicing using our senses. Our five senses are our Mindfulness muscles!
Mindfulness isn’t hard or complicated, we already know how to be mindful, kids especially!
Kids have a natural propensity towards wonder which makes mindfulness easy for them.
In fact, the more curiosity and intrigue while practicing mindfulness games or exercises; the stronger our sensory memories become; the better our ability to find our “calm center” that we call grounded.
When we are grounded in mindfulness we reduce stress, enhance performance, gain insight and aware ness through observing our own mind, and increase our attention to others’ well-being.
The key is to add in as much practice you can.
So what exactly do we practice? Here are a few ideas to start!
Make it a game. Go on a nature walk or safari or scavenger hunt, leprechaun hunt or egg hunt. Whatever fun hunt you can think of.
Look for colors and textures, and tastes, and smells and sounds, temperatures. Maybe even a specific color or texture. Each hunt can be for something different. As much as can be noticed.
Take a box or a bag with you so small things can be collected to examination at another time. Make it the treasure chest or collectors box.
Then talk about who noticed what and how much fun it was accomplish.
Pick an object. A plant or a picture or painting or a stone and just take note of all of its traits. It can be everyone looking at one object or everyone can have an object of their own.
Describe whether or not it is cold or warm, soft or hard, thick or thin, heavy or light etc.
Pick another object to focus in on. Ask the same questions
Pick a sense and explore. Try different tastes, smell different smells. observe and feel different textures.
Bringing attention and focus to any of our five senses is how we exercise our mindfulness muscles!