Mindfulness is at the foundation of so much of the work I do with my clients. Mindfulness in its essence is about being present in the moment to all life unfolding internally and externally. With countless benefits to mindfulness engagement solo and in relationship. This post provides four ways to engage in mindfulness with your child(ren):
1. Sitting in the grass together.
As simple as it sounds finding a space in the lush green grass to sit with your child(ren) for as long as they can stay focused. Describing what you notice to be in the grass (texture, colour, scents). To further the experience can tell your child(ren) if you notice any life in the grass such as bugs, weeds, etc.
2. Noticing the sounds around.
Explaining to your child(ren) will be paying attention to what we hear in our environment. Provide examples of what sounds you can hear far away and ones that are closer. Encourage your child to describe what you are hearing.
3. Paying attention to the birds.
Looking outside or from a window paying attention to any birds that come and leave. Even if there is no birds that appear the process of focusing in the moment and being attentive to what we are seeing is being present. If birds appear can share what you are seeing the bird do, and encouraging your child(ren) to share their experience.
4. Rainbow walk.
One of my favourite go to mindfulness activities for all ages. Going on a walk in your neighbourhood or in nature, looking around to find something red, then orange, then yellow, then green, then blue, and finally purple. Repeating as many times that seem engaging to your child(ren).
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.