and how to keep it simple!
Many of us start out on the path to exploring mindfulness by asking friend after friend, reading online and jumping from one book to another to learn as much as we can...often ending up with a pile (of usually fantastic, yet overwhelming) resources. I know that was my case! So, I am going to try to keep it simple for ya’ll and offer up some of my favorite ways to kick off mindfulness for yourself - and your kids.
First, gain a basic understanding of what mindfulness is. Mindfulness is a present-level awareness of what is happening within your body (emotions) and around you (your presence in the environment) at any given moment-and accepting that moment without judgement. Jon Kabat-Zinn is THE man who created this secular concept called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction back in the late 1970s out of UMass. Much of what you read connected to him will offer you more understanding on the brain training of mindfulness and the science behind its power. He’s simply brilliant and I will be forever grateful for his non-religious offering to our society.
Here are a couple straightforward (less than 5 minute) articles to give you an overview:
Tech-Free Ways to Begin…
Resources to Borrow or Purchase…
Videos to Relax With...
Insight Timer, Simple Habit, Headspace, Calm, Smiling Mind
Note: I do not receive any commission for these recommendations. These are solely my opinions based on personal and professional experiences.
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