- Dalai Lama
The idea that we adults can give children the life skill to relax, to be conscious of their relationship to the world, to breath through difficult emotions, to be present, to be emotional intelligent, in other words, to be mindful is incredibly powerful. Think about it. Teaching a child to breath through anxiety, frustration, anger and many other emotions will help him be a better communicator and in the end a better person.
We don’t have to be Zen Buddhists to bring this “education of the heart” into our homes and classrooms. Here are a few ways how:
- Begin and end each day together by reading one of these children’s books on being mindful with your child
- Create stillness in your environment
- Practice yoga together. The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Learning Cards are an excellent home and classroom tool.
- Read A Pebble for Your Pocket. Go on a “mission” to find that pebble or stone for your child to carry with him.
- Before eating a snack, let’s say an apple, pause together with you child and say out loud: “This is an apple. It grew from a seed into a tree. It was picked from a tree. It is red. It is sweet. It is delicious,” or something like those words. Cut the apple open: “These are the seeds.” The point is to be more present with your eating, to appreciate food in all its goodness and the fact that, like us, it is nothing short of a miracle.
- Touch the earth by planting a garden with your children, simply go on a walk and get your hands dirty or feel the grass
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