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mindful family children programme

 

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.

 

Lao Tzu

 

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.

 

the first five weeks - our physical body

 

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.

 

SMELL

LESSON ONE - SMELL

 

 

We bring in different smells some familiar, some not so familiar.

 

We observe what happens and how it may bring memories from the past.

 

We notice if the present experience is different from our memory.

TASTE

LESSON TWO - TASTE

 

 

We practice raisin and other food meditation.

 

We notice what happens and how we need water to taste.

 

We share our discoveries as we go along if we wish to.

 

SIGHT

LESSON THREE - SIGHT

 

 

We learn about light and how our attention gets drawn by what we see and how we see it.

 

We look at different ways to see things and how we feel about them.

TOUCH

LESSON FOUR - TOUCH 

 

 

We sample different textures.

 

We follow the movement of our breath.

 

We start to notice that our mind wanders off.

HEARING

 

LESSON FIVE - HEARING

 

 

We listen to different sounds.

 

We explore the silence between the sounds and the space that encompasses all.

THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS - OUR SUBTLE BEING, THOUGHTS, 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.

 

MINDFUL MOVEMENTS

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."

Marianne Williamson

AM I SAD? PEBBLE MEDITATION

LESSON SEVEN - MORE DIFFICULT FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS

 

 

We observe what it is to feel sad, tired, worried, afraid, jealous, hurt, angry...

 

We practice the "Pebble meditation".

WALKING MEDITATION

LESSON EIGHT - NEUTRAL FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS

 

 

We continue our exploration.

 

We practice walking meditation.

MAY ALL BE HAPPY

LESSON NINE - COMPASSION FOR OTHERS

 

 

We learn to turn our kind and loving attention to all around us.

 

We practice a " May all be happy" meditation.

MAY I BE HAPPY

LESSON TEN - COMPASSION FOR OURSELVES

 

 

We notice what helps us nurture ourselves.

 

We practice a "May I be happy" meditation.

 

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The first thing you discover is

a kind of emptiness,

a silence,

a presence which doesn't seem to have content to it,

like looking up

at a limitless sky. 



 

That boundary-less place

inside you

is your own consciousness,

your awareness. 



 

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.


 

Arjuna Ardagh

 

 

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