What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is based on an Eastern meditation tradition but is not dependent on any belief or ideology.It is about being aware of what is happening in the present on a moment-by-moment basis.It is contrasted with states of mind in which attention is focussed elsewhere e.g. pre-occupation with memories, fantasies, plans or worries, and behaving automatically without awareness of your actions. It includes a sense of approaching all experiences with openness and kindly curiosity, rather than avoiding difficult experiences or judging them or us.
Mindful Mind Club
We offer a mindfulness and relaxation club at lunch time for KS2. The Mindful Mind Club supports children with mindfulness techniques and strategies to help children manage their everyday stresses.
This week our guided meditation was a visualisation meditation. Visualisation meditation uses all of your senses in building a picture in your mind’s eye:
A Safe Place meditation guided us to our own safe place, a place that we can hold in our mind in times of need. We were asked to imagine a place of calm and peace. We visualised, sound and colour, shapes and smell. We focused on how our visualisations made us feel and tried to name the feelings that were instilled.
Inspire – Education for Wellbeing by the Anna Freud Foundation
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has developed and delivered pioneering mental health care for over 60 years. Their aim is to transform current mental health provision in the UK by improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment.
With this is mind we have been selected to be a part of a national project, working with over 370 schools to evaluate pioneering ways of supporting the mental wellbeing of pupils.
Through specialist training, staff in year 4 and 5 are delivering five minutes of daily relaxation sessions that will support children with their mental health and wellbeing. We will be measuring the impact of these sessions and feed them back to the Anna Freud Foundation. The children are definitely enjoying these sessions:
If you would like to practise these relaxation techniques at home
please click on the following Relaxation In The Classroom resource:
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