In this exercise, children are guided through an experience of paying attention to sounds. After some practice, children may find this exercise to be helpful in their daily lives – before doing homework, when they are having difficulty settling down at bedtime, or at other any other time when it would be useful to settle the mind.
Note to parents / educators: In our classes, we often add sounds – bells, drums, shakers, etc. I didn’t include other sounds here, because the element of surprise would be lost after only one use. But the fun of guessing the source of a wider range of sounds can also help children concentrate.
In this exercise, children are guided through a process of paying attention to the breath.
In this exercise, children pay close attention to the experience of seeing. Before sitting down to listen to the meditation, find a small rock or stone for children to use as a "focus rock."
Note to parents / educators: Before the meditation, you can make a fun outing of going on a walk to find a special rock!
Friendly Wishes are guided visualizations that focus specifically on developing compassion, in addition to concentration and awareness.
Mindfulness Lesson #1