As adults we often set New Year resolutions, perhaps one of yours may have been to be more mindful! As a parent you have the opportunity to bring this gift into the lives of your children and the start of the new school year is as good a time as any to bring some new practices into everyone’s lives.
‘Practicing mindfulness makes us more grounded, brings inner calm and clarity of thought, encourages us to live authentically and be happy with what we have and who we are. Who wouldn’t want to offer these gifts to their children?’ - an excerpt from the Making Mindful Magic glossary.
If you have a copy of Making Mindful Magic already then every day you can use the experiences in the book to encourage the practice of mindfulness with your children.
These three simple suggestions can get you started to be more mindful:
- Set aside a special time every day, maybe just 5 minutes where as a family you sit quietly, eyes open or shut, depending on what works best for you and just be peaceful, no talking, no sound, no reading…just being.
- Make some time each weekend to be in nature and discuss why you all need this time in nature together, without your iPhones, tablets, computers, TV.
- On the way to or from school, encourage your children to stop talking, thinking, doing and really ‘notice’ their surroundings – maybe it’s the trees, maybe it’s the sky, it could be a shop window or an unusual car.
Making Mindful Magic is available for purchase through our shop for Australian and international orders.