Have a mindful moment with yourself and your child everyday
Balancing a busy life I caught myself going through the motions and ticking of the ‘to do list’ instead of actually living. It was this awareness that started my commitment to mindful moments throughout the day with Jasper, I and the world around us.
This awareness has started an epic journey for both of us, he has a busy mind and body and probably absorbed the stressors of daily life. But how do you teach a small child to feel calm, not absorb negative messages and how do we break the cycle of want, instead of simply being happy with the moment?
Most recently I stumbled across this very cool initiative ‘smiling minds’ http://smilingmind.com.au/
What is Smiling Mind?
Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. It is a not-for-profit initiative based on a process that provides a sense of clarity, calm and contentment.
We started with deep breathing, where he had to make his hand rise with his belly to help slow his mind at bedtime. And as he hit the terrible 2’s we began integrating activities like ‘3 things he can see, hear or smell’. My approach for working with little people is about exercise that take a short time, but done many times and making it fun. So, it’s about finding ways to integrate the present moment into the day. And one of our favourite exercises to do from Susan Kaiser Greenland; we sing a little song
“I stop and feel my breathing (then breathe in and out) peaceful and calm, I’m ready to listen”
Buy her book, The Mindful Child, by clicking here
I would truly love some feedback on how or how not this app has worked in your family, so go on have a go- mindful moments has made a real difference in our house and Jasper’s not quite 3!
Get it via the website here or you can download via the app store / google play by searching ‘Smiling Mind’