"Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally." -Jon Kabat-Zinn
"I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness." -Abraham Maslow
Crockett Staff have received training in Mindfulness and how to specifically use it in the classroom and with students.
Mindful Moment (Mindful Breathing)
This mindful moment is useful for transition times or at the beginning of the day:
Please sit up straight in your mindful body
- Your feet are flat on the ground (or legs are crossed if sitting on the floor)
- Relax your shoulders
- Have a nice long spine
- Hands in your lap or on your knees
- Close your eyes or lower them to gently gaze at your lap
Now begin to pay attention to your breath.
- Option 1: Now take 5 deeper, longer breaths on your own.
- Option 2: Notice where you feel your breath the most. Maybe in your chest, belly, or nostrils. Pay attention to any sensations in your body. If you have any tension in your body, use your breath to let the tension go.
I’m about to ring the bell. Listen closely and when you can’t hear it anymore, slowly open your eyes.