Are you practicing and teaching mindfulness?
Mindfulness programming with children and in schools is becoming a more popular practice. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or therapist, is there anything stopping you from practicing mindfulness yourself or from using it with children?
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing awareness of what is happening in the present moment, accepting thoughts, feelings, sensations, and observations with kindness. Mindfulness is a skill we can develop in order to improve attention and self-regulation.
Many occupational therapists use mindfulness as an intervention tool with students on their caseload. However, occupational therapists can also advocate for universal mindfulness programming in their school/district by educating administration/staff and consulting with teachers on mindfulness implementation.
Below are 7 Myths that may be preventing you or others from implementing mindfulness.
Myth 1 – Mindfulness is just sitting silently.
Meditation is one method of practicing mindfulness, but there are many other components and ways to do so. Explore all types of mindfulness practices to find which ones work best for you! Two examples include:
- Mindful Movement: Try yoga, tai chi, or simply bringing mindful awareness to walking.
- Mindful Eating/Tasting: Choose a food or meal and eat very slowly, paying attention to the texture and taste.