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Transcript of Mindfulness
Application & Adaptations
Schools seem to be ideal settings for introducing mindfulness techniques (Hooker & Fodor, 2008).
Mindfulness is a big word for young kids to understand. Put simply, mindfulness is awareness.
A way to introduce the concept of mindfulness to children is through directing their attention to things in the environment
After the child has started to be more aware of the environment, the next step is to pay attention to their own experience, beginning with their body. (Hooker & Fodor, 2008).
What is Mindfulness ?
Enhance children's attention & focus
Lowers stress level
Afflictive emotions-our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear-can be put to an end when you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they always pass on like clouds in the sky (Sangpo ,1999).
a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique (Teasdale J, Williams M and Segal Z, 2014)
Hooker, K.E., & Fodor, I.E. (2008). Teaching mindfulness to children. Gestalt Review, 12(1), 75-91.
Kabat-Zinn, J. (2003), Mindfulness-based interventions in context: Past, present, and future. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 10(2):144-156.
Sangpo, T. (1999, August), The thirty-seven practices of Bodhisattvas. Dalai Lama, Teaching, The Beacon Theatre. p. 39.
Teasdale J, Williams M and Segal Z ( 2014) The mindful way workbook: An 8-week program to free yourself from depression and emotional distress. New York, NY: Guildford Press. ISBN 9781462508143
What is Mindfulness?
Class Activity-Mindfulness of Tasting
How it works on Children
- Mindfulness is defined as “the awareness
that emerges through paying attention on
purpose, in the present moment, and
nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment” (Kabat-Zinn, 2003, p. 145).
Professor emeritus Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, helped to bring the practice of mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine and demonstrated that practicing mindfulness can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors.
Potential Activities - Self
How It Works On Children Cont'
Redirecting attention away from ruminative negative thought streams ( I'm Not good enough or I'm so stupid) by becoming really aware of what we’re doing while we’re doing it can “starve” the thought streams of the attention they need to keep going.
That way, we “pull the plug” on what is keeping us depressed, and our mood can begin to improve while in the present moment.
teach children to begin to pay attention to those things in the present moment that they never noticed before through a process called mindfulness
help children and adults dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and eating disorder
mindfulness might help children improve memory.
“Practicing Mindfulness Meditation”