Intention…

If you attend a regular yoga class, you may be asked to set an intention at the beginning of the class – something simple, just for you, something personal, or general, always up to you. If you have a daily mindfulness practice, you may also set an intention for your day, your work, your next hour …  As a parent and teacher I believe it’s important to set an intention, but not get too “stuck” to it. That is, setting an intention is good, it’s healthy, helps me focus, but it can also lead me to so many other wonderful thoughts and places throughout my day. Intention are great reminders of why we need to “be here now,” and ensure our heart and mind are always in the same place.

Teaching our children and students about setting intentions is a healthy habit…. This activity below is a great one for kids, and adults. After a nature hike, find some sticks and wrap them in fibers and beads. You can also paint and write on them with Sharpies. Students can keep these intention sticks at their desks, or, at home, as a reminder. You can also do this activity with a pencil, if a nature walk isn’t on the list. Younger children may need more help wrapping, while older kids may want more variety to select from to create their own intention stick, learning that they are all unique. This activity can be part of a class lesson, or something you simply do as a “learning experience” in the classroom. b69796b2aefb66ecbd2aa4b38832b3da-1

thanks to Artwell Art Therapy for this wonderful photo! 

 

 

 

 

Glitter…

 

As a teacher, and mom, glitter simply scares me – unless it’s inside of a ball or wand – then, well then I LOVE glitter. Well, glitter on a t-shirt or jeans can be kind of fun too… Otherwise, keep it in those cute little jars SEALED tight. Don’t get me wrong, I love what it looks like and I do love a good glitter glue too  – but keep it contained 🙂

For mindfulness activities, glitter is awesome! Glitter wands and balls are a wonderful tool for kids – and adults. Even those fun little glitter shakers with holiday scenes are perfect for this too – shake them up, show them to your children/students and ask that they see… Then remind them that every day they have anywhere from 50-80THOUSAND thoughts! Just like all of those TINY little flecks of glitter , one fleck = one thought =TONS. TOO many in fact. Teaching mindfulness can help settle their glitter, and keep it “contained” – in a safe and more enjoyable way….

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Breathe, listen, repeat

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New to mindfulness? or practicing and looking for some more direction? There are some wonderful audio clips from Mindful Schools here. Go to the “guided practices” section at the bottom of the page and you’ll find a page of wonderful audio resources to help guide you through simple, short mindful breathing and practice.

Gratitude…

I’m certain to have used this image in an earlier post from a year or so ago… but it’s one that resonates with me so very much… While it’s the “Season” of gratitude, we need to remind ourselves to be grateful every day. yes, daily… every day. As the phrase goes:

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and with that said…. get your gratitude going now, and every day. Keeping a journal is the simplest way to remind yourself of that one moment of your day for which you’re grateful. You can also keep a jar in your home and have family members contribute notes of gratitude every day, or , keep a blog or list via Tumbler or Instagram, photograph your gratitude and make it visual, or add some words to favorite pics every day… There are numerous ways to record your daily gratitude, and today is a great day to begin!

 

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How to Get Stuff Done

I discovered this image about 2 years ago – I haven’t researched the original author, but it’s a wonderful reminder! Thank you mystery , mindful artist!

It’s in my work space, home, even a little one in my wallet  – it’s how I get things done. It’s how we all get through whatever it is we’re dealing with, one breathe at a time…

 

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And We’re Back…

 

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To school that is… As a teacher and mom, the summers are GREATLY appreciated. Having lots of quality time with my family and friends is a wonderful opportunity. Of course, going back to work after 2 lovely months, can be tough (even if I have done this for 15 yrs!)  I know that other colleagues, moms and educators share the feeling… So I wrote about getting ourselves back to work mindfully this month. You can find the article here. And while some of us may not be educators or parents, simply getting into the “swing of things” – can sometimes be tough. We hit stumbling blocks – it’s ok, and just part of the journey. Using some of the mindfulness techniques mentioned here just may make those blocks a lot easier to get by.

You may also want to use some of the resources from this blog for other “tips and tricks” on using mindfulness in your every day living.

Lastly, a few visuals (for rainy days or times you’re “forced” to be at your computer) to help you breathe a bit easier…

 

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Words & Pics

I never tire of good visuals…. Just stumbled across this amazing talent – Incidental Comics. GREAT work! Love the words and hand drawn combinations! Take a peek here – these are some posters that will get you thinking, and smiling… For writers, these ideas WILL resonate 🙂

 

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