Last week, the kids at Om School learned about mindfulness of thoughts. Our elementary age kids enjoyed a visit from Mindful Schools graduate, Emily Weiner. Emily shared some great games illustrating how thoughts run from past, to present, to future, and pop up like popcorn.
Our little ones, ages 3-7, discovered the thundering quality of silence through play-based learning, enacting the noisiness of our busy lives, then dropping into silence and noting the difference. Both classes had fun making Mind Jars.
If you haven’t seen these before, they’re a great teaching tool. The sparkles represent our thoughts. As thoughts are a little abstract for children under four, with our littlest ones, we let the sparkles represent the busy feeling we get inside when rushing through our day. Our mindful breathing helps the swirling, whirling, tornado of busyness settle down.
Two excellent short films illustrate this practice. Both films were created by participants in the Mindful Schools year-long certification training I’m now working to complete. I hope you’ll enjoy watching and feel inspired to share. With stress impacting children as young as six years old, perhaps it is time we all discovered the thundering quality of silence.