What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice whereby we place our focus intentionally on the NOW. Using the body as our tool for focusing we can rest our higher thinking mind and find emotional well being simply by being attentive to the experience of the present moment.
Is Mindfulness appropriate for children to practice?
This may be a question you best ask yourself. It will take practising mindfulness to see how you feel about your child being taught. My own experience has taught me that everyone benefits from Mindfulness practice; children, teens and adults alike. My strong advice is to experience the practice yourself and therein feel equipped to suggest practice as a way of coping with the challenges of daily life to your children, family and friends.
This said, Mindfulness practice is a way of living that supports all children and I feel the benefits of Mindfulness practice are essential for children who experience above average amounts of distress early in their lives; those who experience life from something more akin to struggle than ease. There is no defining who these children are but labels exist that may shorthand the identification of these children as having ADHD, ADD, Giftedness, Anxiety, sleep issues, Depression or Development Delay
Can my child learn these tools?
Absolutely. The aim is to give simple instructions on how it is children can return to the body based exercises for practice of Mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness uses the body as its foundation since this is the only thing we have in our present experience; noticing our senses and breath are a constant source of support for bringing ourselves into the experience of the present moment. Mindfulness For Children (Mindfulness Matters Ltd) offer simple, fun outlines for children to experience the benefits of finding the stillness that the present moment offers. The breath, the 5 senses and the particular interest of each child is the key to having them acknowledge that they are innately mindful and that all this practice is doing is returning them to the understanding of Being with what is rather than trying hard to fix themselves in some way.
I do not want to introduce my child to a belief system that I am not a party to. How can I be informed about what it is you are teaching my child?
I have the utmost respect for parents who are mindful of their child's exposure to values outside of the family's own. As a consequence I invite the parents of children to sit in on sessions. I refer to parents as Silent Students and offer them to remain silent during the lessons but to practice alongside us. This way the child gets to lead and this can be very empowering for a child. At the same time, the parent is fully aware of what has been taught and can support the child in practice between workshops or lessons.
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- Advice for Parents