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Mindfulness Practices for Children Offers Emotional Freedom!



With our Children’s Clinic scheduled for Saturday, July 16th, you have an opportunity to participate as a student coach, or as a parent when you sign your children up for our next SMART HEARTS CLASS. This is a wonderful opportunity to help your children learn mindfulness practices. This empowers children to feel confident in self-regulating as they learn “to grow through what they go through.” They can learn to use these tools themselves when they are feeling anxious or stressed.


This class is designed to help children take responsibility for their inner mind space. Using games, crafts, and coloring we support children in expressing their heavy feelings in healthy ways. We also focus on increasing our emotional vocabulary and creating an art journal for heavy feelings. We teach them how to visualize the heavy feelings leaving their mind and their heart and then replace that heaviness with something positive.


Mindfulness is something we can all practice on a regular basis.

YOU GOTTA NOURISH IN ORDER TO FLOURISH!


WHY IS MINDFULNESS SO VALUABLE?


The reason mindfulness is so valuable is that it increases your ability for personal insight and self-observation, facilitates the release of mind chatter, and improves connection with the mind, body, and spirit.


MINDFULNESS PRACTICES FOR KIDS!

  1. Take a mindful walk in nature. Take a walk with your child and engage them in conversation. Help them increase observation skills by asking them what they are seeing around them and how that connection in nature makes them feel? Mindfulness is staying fully present and aware of your internal and external world.

  2. As a family, practice mindful eating. Practice eating a full meal without technology, or any other distractions. Staying completely focused on the act of eating and staying engaged in conversation at the meal.

  3. Mindful speaking and listening. One unexpected benefit of mindfulness practices is that self-expression skills are greatly enhanced as well as an increase in listening abilities. Practicing mindfulness techniques over a period of time has shown that general, overall communication is improved.

  4. Mindful showering. Clear away heavy emotions, or negativity in the shower. Observe any heaviness being carried away as the heavy feelings of fear or anger wash down the drain. Replace with affirmations or positive self-talk.

  5. Practice kids yoga, sound baths, or qi-gong which are also mindfulness practices.

  6. Teach children about the value of journaling and include how to start a daily gratitude practice.

Mindfulness is living an intentional life. Mindfulness helps strengthen our ability to switch from the sympathetic nervous system, where stress and anxiety are reinforced, and to consciously choose to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Mindfulness practices can help us learn how to cope with disappointment, change, and loss in healthier ways. We access freedom, wholeness, and peace in the parasympathetic nervous system.


WHAT YOU FOCUS ON GROWS!


Keep your face toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.


As we celebrate our nation’s freedoms in July of 2022, let’s remember to empower our children with skills and tools so they can claim their own emotional freedom and the hope of a brighter tomorrow!


See you at the Children’s Clinic!


Loves,

Pam


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