This is a 15 minute PowerPoint that addresses talking to and supporting your children during the pandemic
Let’s go on a mindful walk in nature:
Studies show that being in nature has a rejuvenating effect on our brains. It also supports clearing our minds of clutter and increases our ability to focus on the present moment. When we mindfully explore our five senses in nature, we are reaping the benefits of a mind and body connection.
Listen to this quick guided meditation for walking- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsGbtrl1WkU
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Use this script to find more ways to increase mindfulness while walking
Without trying to change the way you’re walking, simply observe your gait. Bring your attention to it. This can sometimes make you feel self-conscious, but that feeling usually passes.
Tune into what’s going on around you — passing cars, other people, window displays, trees, the movement and still of things, or any other sights that come into your awareness field. You’re not thinking about any of these things, though; you’re simply acknowledging what you see.
Notice the sounds that drift in. What can you hear? Again, try to realize any noise but not dwell on it.
Now turn your attention to any smells, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Notice how the mind habitually wants to create a story out of each smell and how it might remind you of somewhere, something, or someone.
Next, make a point of noticing any physical sensations, from how the weather makes you feel to how it feels as the sole of your feet touch the ground. There’s still no need to think about any of these observations. Simply notice, acknowledge, and let go.
After a minute or two, contemplate the sensation of movement in the body: how the arms hang or swing by your side or how the weight steadily shifts from right to left. Observe your stride, your pace, and the rhythm you’ve become accustomed to.
Focus on your rhythm
Use that rhythm — the soles of the feet touching the ground — as your base of awareness, a place you can mentally come back to when the mind wanders off. Repeat this throughout your walk, step by step, block by block, or mile by mile.
Practical Application- After your time in nature, have your student(s) create an art project depicting something they saw, heard, smelled, tasted, or touched while they were outside.
Source- Walking Meditation. (n.d.). Retrieved April 7, 2020, from https://www.headspace.com/meditation/walking-meditation
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