My school year started last week with two days of teacher training. There were many things on the agenda as you would expect.
At the beginning of the first day I asked the teachers to consider their hopes for the new year and share it with their group. They discussed and shared with their colleagues; many of which were very child focused as you would expect. But, one thing stood out for me…
“Not to do any school work on a Sunday!”
I agree! We all need to give ourselves some time and care to look after ourselves. Spending time to mindfully enjoy your life and family gives your working mind time to recuperate after a busy week.
But, honestly, this is not enough. Learning to take several mindful moments during every day gives our minds periods of time during the day to recuperate. It allows us to be more considerate of our actions rather than those actions becoming unmindful reactions.
Stress, good and bad, is a part of life. It is part of the human condition. The key to a calmer, more peaceful life is how we react to these stresses.
It doesn’t take a lot of time to be mindful, it just takes practice and, sometimes, a few reminders. That is why I have come up with a Mindfulness To Do List that encompasses many different aspects of mindfulness.
– Take one minute , close your eyes and breathe deeply. Do this several times a day.
– Observe your thoughts & feelings without judgement.
– Focus on the present moment and note one specific detail.
– Think of five things that you are thankful for in your life.
Make several copies of the photo reminder at the top of this post and place them in prominent places as your reminder to be mindful. Then ensure that you tick off ALL the things on the list EVERY day.
Remember, the most important step in educating children in developing their own mindfulness skills, is to be a model of mindfulness.
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn