Category Archives: Mindfulness

CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS AND HAPPINESS IN OUR KIDS

It is said that mindfulness gives us the ability to sustain happiness. So what exactly is it? Mindfulness is about learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds with an open mind, curiosity and kindness. The benefits of mindfulness are numerous and have been scientifically proven and include the following: Help you achieve peak performance in whatever it is you do Improve physical health Improve sleep Improve focus and concentration Lower stress Optimize creativity It is thought that our minds spend up to 50% of the time rehashing the past or projecting the future, paying little attention to the present. In developing mindfulness, we need to learn how to shift our minds from the dominant thinking mode to the sensory mode and then develop the capacity to keep the volume turned up on our senses to focus on the here and now. As the saying goes: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift we call the present” In short, we need to FEEL the DOING and encourage our children to do this, to focus on their senses and take the time to appreciate the effects of them; really hear the sounds, see …Read more →