Chances are, if you are the parent of a primary or secondary aged child in Australia, that you have heard the term ‘mindfulness’. You might know that your child is participating in some sort of ‘Mindfulness Education Program’ and you might even know that they are learning yoga and/or meditation techniques, but do you fully understand why and do you know about some simple ways you can continue mindfulness education at home?
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that life is busy. I know it’s extremely busy for me and it’s just getting busier and busier for my little people. Compared to when our own parents (and even we) went to school, our kids have got an incredible amount to deal with. There are school work pressures, extra-curricular activity pressures, social pressures, pressures regarding their futures and career paths, external pressures on appearance, possessions and ‘keeping up with the Joneses’, the list goes on and on.
This is where ‘mindfulness’ comes in. Through a variety of yoga and meditation techniques, such as breathing exercises, quiet times, stillness, activities that focus on the senses and gratitude activities, mindfulness brings the mind to the here and now. It is about being fully present, without judgement.
Mindfulness education trains the mind to focus on the present and not dwell on what has happened in the past or worry about what is going to happen in the future.
Don’t I wish someone had taught me these skills when I was younger?!! Maybe then I would be able to sit and have a cup of tea without my head running through the list of chores still ahead of me for today, tomorrow, next week and next month!
On our blog this week, we highlight some practical tips to use at home and some further resources you can use.
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