Well done to Chloe A, Elliot C, Theo H, Amber K, Laurie L, Toby M, Aulay O, Milly P, Xander P, George S, Abi W-W, Ella S, Kitty W for successfully completing their 12-week mindfulness course.
“Mindfulness means the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
During the 12-week course, led by qualified Paws b teacher Madame Grimble, the children studied:
- Specific areas of the brain and how these affect our ability to focus, make good choices, recognise when we need to steady ourselves when our body or mind is busy or out of balance.
- Ways that mindfulness can support us in many day-to-day activities, including concentration and memory, behavioural self- management, and in relationships with family and friends.
- Ways to respond rather than react – and therefore make better choices and take best care of ourselves and others.
The children have all gone home from their last mindfulness session with a card illustrating the 5 main practices we have explored: Tummy and Chest breathing, “Paws b”, Finger Breathing, FOFBOC (Feet On Floor, Bottom On Chair) and the Petal practice. They now have the possibility to bring the card out at home or at school, as a sign that they need to take a moment to breath and hopefully find a way to deal with the situation differently afterwards. Hopefully they have all found the course beneficial and that they continue with the mindfulness skills they have gained and build on them throughout their life.
Has it helped?
- “It has helped me to stop and think before I get angry”
- “ I found it really relaxing, especially the practice we did lying down.”
- “I like the Tummy and Chest breathing practice and I have used it when I play sport”