Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
It is designed to start by becoming aware of our physical reality and then move into a finer reality. We explore together the richness of life’s tapestry by tuning into our five senses. We notice how our senses bring us into the present moment. Most children mindfulness meditations are interactive .
We describe our good feelings and emotions and discover their texture, their imprint in our bodies. We also explore feelings and emotions that may be more difficult to handle. As we become stronger and more proficient with our mindfulness practices, we notice more emotions and feelings.
We see how these feelings and emotions come from our thoughts as they pass through our minds; we discover that all these emotions, feelings and thoughts come and go from moment to moment, that they are not permanent. The point of this programme is NOT to explore these feelings in details, but to notice them and remember to go back to the present moment.
This leads us to finding our own ways to improve our relationships and our daily life by coming back to ourselves and nurturing the love and the peace that exist deep inside us, waiting to be uncovered. Toward the end of this introductory programme, we spend time exploring what it means to be kind to ourselves and how this will determine how kind we are to others.
We explore our five senses and connect to our physical body through smell, taste, sight, touch and hearing. During this period of exploration of our physical reality, we become stronger and more proficient with our anchoring and grounding practices. We start to notice our feelings and emotions.
The second half of the course uses mainly two kinds of techniques to help us discover how our thoughts, feelings and emotions affect our bodies, our decisions and reactions.
Mindfulness in movements like walking meditation or Tai-Chi. These exercises allow us to integrate our minds with our bodies and observe how our body feels when a certain emotion arises, and how it affects us.
Activities that are designed to deal with difficult events. Loving kindness meditation and similar activities nurture self-acceptance and wishing for all around us to be happy and healthy.
LESSON SIX - GOOD FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS
We notice if and when we feel happy, calm, joyous, peaceful, rested, safe, filled with wonder...
We practice mindful movements.
Children are happy because they don't have a file in their minds called "All the Things That Could Go Wrong."
The first thing you discover is
a kind of emptiness,
a presence which doesn't seem to have content to it,
like looking up
at a limitless sky.
That boundary-less place
is your own consciousness,
When you relax into it,
you realize that it's also full -
it is everything.
You realize this presence is
what you really are: Love.