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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Bits & Pieces

Prepping for some upcoming workshops and finding bits and pieces of “left over” ideas  and materials…. I have a love for visuals, and seemingly, so do most of the people I meet with for mindfulness workshops. Need more inspiration? Take a look here for LOTS of ideas on how to incorporate mindfulness into your life…….2c25bf9fdbd831dfddad4be81bb23dc8.jpge875335303329a3c999354c068e156aa.jpg08a61e0f149daf8f144f66c82c6c8aa2.jpg8-art-therapy-ideas.jpg6-art-therapy-ideas.jpg

Brain Talk!

It all starts with our brain… and realizing just how powerful that brain is can be vital when looking at ourselves, our stresses, fears and joys. Feeding ourselves a good, clear, clean, breath throughout the day, can help reset our brains and render a healthy, focused, stress-less person.  We can start by educating ourselves, and our kids, about the importance of our brain and our breathing.

 

Visit Ellen McHenry’s> here for a great brain learning template! For a better understanding of how the brain works – for the “non med student” – visit Geeks with Juniors,  a site for parents and kids.

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The Mind Up! series, from Scholastic and Goldie Hawn, is another great teaching resource for kids and adults learning more about the brain , breathing and mindfulness.

 

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Sparkle your Calm!

 

As part of my “mindfulness” work I talk to students about what their brains look like on a daily basis and how easy it is to allow too many ideas in… In fact, we have about 60-80,000 thoughts a day ! Trying to “see” those thoughts is , of course, impossible. But , sadly, many of them lead us to a lot of unnecessary stress.

I usually use the glitter/water balls or wands to show students just what this looks like. I also have a lovely little collection of holiday shakers too – but the jars are a great way to get kids involved too.

Our brains look much like these glitter jars… Tiny little thoughts floating all over, all of the time… If we allow the glitter to gently fall to the bottom, we can also visualize a way to, in fact, calm our minds and thoughts.

Making these jars is easy! Just follow the directions left here by The Untrainedhousewife! 

I used some mini glass jars for classes of 10-20 and got great responses! Some students love carrying these with them on test days too… Very inspiring minds……..