Mindfulness practices help children improve their ability to pay attention, by learning to focus on one thing (e.g., breath, sound) while filtering out other stimuli. Mindfulness also provides kids with skills for understanding their emotions and how to work with them.
My 10-year-old daughter said that to me in the car the other day. “I like mindfulness. I just don’t do it.” “What do you mean?” I asked her. “Well, it sounds great — being calm and breathing and everything — but I just don’t actually, you know, DO it,” she explained. I smiled. “And how’s […]
We celebrate busy-ness and brag about our lack of sleep and long hours at work. Perhaps it’s time to ban another B-word: BUSY. Here’s how to do it and still get stuff done!
A lot of people don’t realize that the Buddha had a child. In fact, I own a book called If The Buddha Had Kids. And when I first heard about mindful parenting as a new mother, I thought, “The Buddha would have felt a lot differently about this whole living in the moment crap if […]
Think you’re too busy to stop for a minute? Then you REALLY need to stop for a minute! Bring peace to your day with a Mindful Minute.
… and what it is, I think, is pretty clear. About a year-and-a-half ago, I had the privilege of attending a day-long retreat and workshop led by Jon Kabat-Zinn (who developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the late 1970s). I also attended his lecture at the University of Minnesota the following […]
You’ve begun your meditation practice. You’ve read all the meditation tips. And then you encounter problems. But there are no problems in meditation!
Let’s look upon the world with fresh eyes — not the weary eyes of someone who thinks they’ve seen it all, but with the delighted eyes of someone who knows they’ll NEVER see it all.
What do we miss when we don’t pay attention?