I am sure your children are as tired of hearing “Wash your hands!” as much as mine is. However, you can use hand washing as a mindful focus to support mindfulness development.
Many psychologists believe that our emotions begin with a physical sensation, positive or negative. When we focus on positive sensations that are calming, we can emotionally become calm.
Today, our mindfulness practice will focus on positive physical sensations to mindfully be in the moment and anchor us in the present.
Washing Hands Meditation
When we wash our hands in warm water, it opens the blood vessels and tricks your brain out of a stressful state.
– When your child goes to wash their hands, have them be mindful of the sensation of the water and soap as they rub their palms, between their fingers and on top of your hands. Get them to breathe deeply allowing their breathing enhance the feel of water and soap.
Ask them the following questions:
– How does this moment feel?
– How is it making the rest of your body feel?
Repeat every time they wash their hands today.
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