Mindful Presence in Silence

Silence by Leminscates is a beautiful book that encourages mindful presence through the  simple artwork and thoughtful writing. This is a powerful read-a-loud.
You can purchase a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JWXO1P6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Mindful Teens

Here’s a wonderful video to introduce mindfulness to teens–created by Dr. Dzung Vo at http://mindfulnessforteens.com/. 

Breathing In, Breathing Out

“‘Breathing in, I calm my body.’ Reciting this line is like drinking a glass of lemonade on a hot day–you can feel the coolness permeate your body. When I breathe in an recite this line, I actually feel my breath calming my body and mind. ‘Breathing out, I smile.’ You know a smile can realx hundreds of muscles in your face. Wearing a smile on your face is a sign that you are master of yourself.”  (pg. 10)
– Thich Naht Hahn, Peace is Every Step

Hanh, T. N. (1991). Peace is every step. New York: Bantam Books.

Surf the waves

“You cannot control the sea. You cannot stop the waves,  but you can learn to surf on them.” 
– Eline Snel, 
Sitting Still Like a Frog

Heartfulness Practice

Bring your attention to your chest. You may want to place your hands on your chest and feel your heart beating. Notice any feelings or sensations that arise out of your heart. 
Picture a child or a student you care about. Notice what you feel in your heart. You may notice emotions of kindness, goodwill, happiness, or any other heartful emotion. Offer the following wishes to this child or student, silently or out loud: 
– May you be happy
– May you be safe
– May you be healthy
– May you be peaceful

Be aware of your feelings as  you repeat this to yourself. 
Shift your attention to yourself. With the same kindness you had towards the child or student, send these wishes to yourself: 
– May I be happy
– May I be safe
– May I be healthy
– May I be peaceful

Notice any feelings or sensations that arise from your heart. When you feel ready, gently open your eyes. 
(Adapted from Daniel Rechtschaffen’s book, The Mindful Way of Education, pgs. 63-64) 

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