Mindful Minute – Day 1
During this crazy time, we want you to take a minute to breathe with your children. Take time to just pause.
At Kidcam, we take time for a Mindful Minute each day. Mindfulness can boost the quality of our lives in numerous ways. “In today’s rush, we all think too much—seek too much—want too much—and forget about the joy of just being.” – Eckhart Tolle
What does mindfulness do to spark “the joy of being” that Tolle references? How can kids start benefiting from its practice? Here’s a resource with great games, ideas, and approaches for helping kids be in the present.
Let’s start with these simple ways to attune children with their bodies. At a young age, humans are naturally curious about the strength and flexibility of their bodies. It’s a great age to introduce body-mind awareness as a valuable way to take care of themselves.
One easy way for children to dip their toes into mindfulness is through body poses. To get your kids excited, tell them that doing fun poses can help them feel strong, brave, and happy.
Have the kids go somewhere quiet and familiar, a place they feel safe. Next, tell them to try one of the following poses:
The Superman: this pose is practiced by standing with the feet just wider than the hips, fists clenched, and arms reached out to the sky, stretching the body as tall as possible.
The Wonder Woman: this pose is struck by standing tall with legs wider than hip-width apart and hands or fists placed on the hips (Karen Young, 2017).
Ask the kids how they feel after a few rounds of trying either of these poses. You may be surprised.