Being mindful simply means being mentally present in whatever situation that you might be in. By being present we mean being ‘in the moment’- not thinking about something in the past or the future. It sounds simple enough but most people would be surprised by how much time they actually spend ‘thinking’ about things that have happened or even things that might happen.
So mindfulness is something that we can practise during meditation time. All of our Rainbowcrystal Connection meditations encourage mindfulness in children. They often draw upon children’s senses, focus on their breath and have them imagine scenes/pictures mindfully. Our lessons always have a mindful movement/mindful breath component and we also have a section in our books dedicated to simple, child friendly mindfulness activities that parents or teachers could do with children. Here are a few to try
1. Take time outdoors and practice your Rainbow Breathing techniques. Try one or two each morning to start your day feeling energised.
2. Take time to cloud watch and practice viewing shapes and scenes. Try to see animals, people, etc.
3. Collect some special things from nature… e.g. stones, shells, leaves, flowers. Make a nature contemplation or prayer space to remind you of the Divine beauty and sacredness of our world.
4. Look at a particular plant or flower at home in your garden or in a park or nature place. Really stop and observe it. Its leaf pattern, shape, size, flower, bud, seed, roots system etc.
5. When you see Rainbows send forgiveness or love to someone who may need it.