While taking in some of the beauty of Mother Earth this summer I had a few questions come up about rocks, stones, minerals and their “powers”…. While I’m not an expert in this arena by any means, over the course of many years I have noticed that I have a tendency to be a bit of a rock collector…. And here’s my 2 cents about their “powers”: pick up a stone or rock, a mineral… what do YOU feel? is it something YOU feel connected to ? does it have a meaning for YOU? So, if YOU picked up on the YOU part – YOU got it! I do feel as though there is a connection with some of the pieces I keep at home, and work. And that’s really all that matters, YOUR connection. But, of course, I also discovered this pretty little infographic that helps explain some of the “powers” of these pieces should you want a little more meaning and info 🙂
I recently came across this wonderful mind map… Lots of inspiration and ideas. Too often we take for granted the simple things… Hopefully you’ll be inspired to practice some of these , or make a mind map of your own 🙂
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….
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.
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…
Watching the Olympics is pretty amazing… you have to admit. Looking at these athletes and their talents of utter strength and courage, it’s enlightening and keeps us watching more…. While a number of athletes practice various methods of keeping their “head in the game,” some use mindfulness on and off the field. Listen to this great pod cast with Olympian Stephanie Labbe. She is the goalkeeper for the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team and is at Rio for the Olympics.
The hottest of summer days can make it tough for kids to enjoy a nice day outside… Some water play, time at the pool or even being near the waves can be difficult when it’s simple THAT hot. Time to break out the paints! For kids , and adults, a good old finger painting session can be fun, and even relaxing. The texture of the paints, the combination of beautiful colors… No need to worry about doing it “right” – because there is no “right” when it comes to finger paints! Make blobs, funny figures and shapes, or , no shapes! Get the feel of the colors in your fingers, toss the brushes – or use them for parts of your new, messy , creation! Get a little paint on your shirt or bare feet! You can wash it off – it’s just paint. And when your creations are ready – hang them proudly in your home!