by Marni Levitt Tuesday Feb.27, 2018
The more I reflect, the more I engage in a mindfulness practice myself, the more I feel the benefits in my own life and health, the more I know how useful it is as a tool in working with young people. The magical thing about it is that whatever I experience, I can intuitively begin to share with a group of adults or kids. Mindfulness helps me to be more tuned in to myself, in the present moment – and when I am more tuned in to myself, I am automatically more tuned into others. The more I share mindfulness practice with children in school, the more I see the possibilities to weave it into our entire day, zooming in on little moments as they are available in our schedule. Sometimes, it works to share mindfulness as a ‘stand alone’ lesson or program (especially to introduce the concept to a group), but the real power lies in its ongoing use and practice…even in little bite-sized chunks. Once you have some tools in your pocket, some ideas, activities, fun practices to try with kids – then you can pull out the one that best fits in any moment…. Lots of trial and error and needed here – when working with any group – to find the best possible combinations of activities and approaches. Sometimes – the magic just happens – you are tuned into yourself, the group you are working with, and you wisely pull the best-fitting activity for a particular moment. And when it doesn’t work – don’t beat yourself up – go easy – try something new the next time. Be an explorer, an adventurer. Its better to try than not to try.