WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgementally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn (1994)
Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention. It is the mental faculty of purposefully bringing awareness to one’s experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting.
When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. For example, Yoga encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children. Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them.
BENFITS OF MINDFULNESS
›Better focus and concentration
›Increased sense of calm
›Decreased stress & anxiety
›Improved impulse control
›Skillful responses to difficult emotions
›Increased empathy and understanding of others
›Development of natural conflict resolution skills