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Mindfulness for children ~ Introduction

Yes you’ve read the title correct, Mindfulness for children! 

I am a teacher of Mindfulness and I love seeing positive changes within our communities today! There are so many positives that come from learning how to be Mindful, and it’s free!


The ideology of this blog post is to promote the need for teachers to experience the positive benefits of practising Mindfulness at school on a daily basis.

  • You will find that the students will quickly start to feel relaxed and contented! When a student feels relaxed, they will learn more and improve their memory capacities.
  • You will also find improved success as a teacher because you will feel calmer and deal with the daily ups in a responsive manner rather than in a reactive way.
  • Students will improve their social and emotional skills, academic performance and focus as they learn how to control their mood and behaviour using effective skills.

What’s not to like about Mindfulness?

I shall be introducing Mindfulness by using mindful activities, and by looking at current research on Neuroscience. I am positive that looking at the brain science behind Mindfulness will help to engage students. Children have a natural curiosity when it comes to learning about the brain.

I shall include some excellent activities to engage students and allow them to practice Mindfulness inside and outside of school.

CASEL

Let me introduce you to CASEL.

Mindfulness for children helps teach Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills to students. I aim to follow the 5 core competencies recommended by CASEL:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making

*If you are interested I do have the lesson plans which include the above objectives.

Why introduce Mindfulness at School?

Many students have ups and downs in their daily lives, just as much as adults, this can lead to them feeling overloaded and overwhelmed at certain times of the day.

The objective of Mindfulness for Children, is to reduce these ups and downs by teaching your students to become more responsive to their thoughts and feelings. Once they become more aware of their thoughts and feelings, they can learn to respond to them in mindful ways, by using the techniques they have learnt.

Scientific research supports the brain science and all activities are extremely interactive, this allows students to participate actively to Mindfulness. Group work and pair work is encouraged throughout the duration of the Mindfulness course.

Students will find themselves having more positive interactions with the world, they will start to enjoy more wonderful little moments, which they sometimes miss.

What’s to lose? Nothing! Get involved with Mindfulness, introduce these skills to many people, so they too can experience some of the huge benefits which Mindfulness offers.













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Angel clouds


Watching the clouds pass by is another great way to spot angels. A comfortable spot is very important even if you are just lying on an old blanket.

Fact Alert!

  • Cirrus (long fingers of blood above 18.000 feet) or altostratus (long formations of cloud between 6,000 and 20,000 feet) are particularly beautiful and angel-like.

Cloud watching exercise:

  • It is easier to lie down on the ground, but it also works if you are lying on a recliner.
  • Relax your eyes and gaze softly at the sky, being careful not to look at the sun.
  • Watch as the clouds blend softly together.
  • Can you spot an angel wing, or an angel’s head surrounded by a glowing halo?

Watching clouds helps to put you in a daydreaming state of mind. You might even receive inspiration from your angel when you do this.

True life story:

Angel voices

A few years ago lady J decided to sit outside in a quiet corner of her garden. It was late and the weather wasn’t as good as she’d hoped, but she carried on regardless. It was really gusting and showery but she snuggled under a quilt with a cup of tea. Despite the weather it was cosy!

Lady J was hoping to feel inspiration from her angels so she had a notepad and pen ready just in case. Just before midnight the wind dropped completely and the atmosphere became calm and peaceful. It was then that she heard singing. It was breathtakingly beautiful and the voice seemed to come from everywhere and no where – and then it stopped, almost as soon as it had begun. The voice really touched her heart and she knew that it was a gift. At that moment Lady J knew for sure that she’d had her first angel encounter.

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A Life in Balance


The word ‘Chakra’ comes from Sanskrit, it means ‘wheel’ or ‘disc’. These moderators of subtle energies are traditionally depicted as lotus flowers, each one resonating at a different frequency, that corresponds to one of the colours of a rainbow.

Seven Major Chakras

Traditionally the Hindu system names seven major Chakras, even though the human energy system is said to have many Chakras, and new ones are being discovered all the time.

The Chakrasare represented by lotus flowers, each one has the stem of each lotus flower metaphysically ’embedded’ into the spinal column, (or sushumna), from the coccyx to the crown of the head.

The Right Balance

The Chakra system offers a valuable explanation of the holistic nature of humankind. It outlines how,  in order to maintain a healthy, balanced life, we must attend not just to certain physical dysfunctions that may occur but to our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs as well.

Each of the seven Chakras deals with different parts of this bigger picture and directs us to those areas where we might be functioning out of balance.

Human Energy Fields

Our ancestors were open-minded to things they could not see, let alone explain, they had no need for technology, or scientists to explain the human aura.

As we journey together through the Chakras we need to remain open-minded. The fact that we cannot physically detect our Chakras or aura can be explained thus; they operate as energy fields vibrating at a rate normally undetectable by the human eye and brain. 

As we take this journey together, and appreciate the very real benefits that come from balancing our human energy system, we will learn to discard the need for material evidence of their existence, since personal experience and enhanced well-being will provide this for us.

The Holistic view

The earliest mention of the term ‘chakra’ is said to come from the vedas, the four holy books of the Hindus believed to date back before 2,500BC, in which the God Vishnu is described as descending to Earth carrying in his four arms, a Chakra, a lotus flower, a club and a conch shell. However, since the time of pre-Vedic societies, in which mystics and yogis passed their knowledge through the spoken, rather than written word, the notion of seven ‘maps of consciousness’ for optimum well-being goes back much further.

In common with so many ancient practices, the Chakra system takes a complete view of human experience. It integrates the natural tendency for equilibrium into the many levels that make up the self – the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Chakra healing is based on the belief that in order for total well-being to take place we must act as an integrated whole.

Universal Life Force into the Body

When there is a dysfunction or blockage in one part of the system it has an impact on all other parts. Such malfunctioning can occur when the energy flowing through the Chakras is either excessive or deficient.

We will learn how recognise such blockages, or dysfunctions, relate to any problems you can be experiencing and how, you can transform all aspects of your life for the better.


Posted in Angel reassurance, Angelic guidance, Angels, Crystals, Meditation, Nature, Spiritual realm

Create an Angel Garden Sanctuary 

  • First you need a chair, a bench or perhaps an old log. A natural back chair is perfect. Back it into the corner or against the wall. 
  • If you are feeling inspirational you could upcycle a chair from a charity shop, design and make your own floral cushions to bring outside with you when the weathers dry!
  • If you have a hidey hole in your garden, this may be the perfect place for your ‘meditation’ area.
  • If you have no shaded spots in your garden, maybe you could shield off an area with scented plants in pots, or use screening from the garden centre, or better still, how about a rose arch, with an old gate and paint a sign then this truly is your area! Be creative, make it your own, somewhere to chill out and relax.
  • You may wish to hang lanterns or candles in pretty holders, as there are many to choose from on the market.
  • You could also string outdoor lights in different colours, to enhance your mood, and invite you in to meditate.
  • Sound is important in your sacred area, adding a water feature is soothing and relaxing, however, make sure you visits the toilet first! The sound of trickling water may make you have the urge to spend a penny!
  • If space is tight, you could use an old dish, place pebbles and crystals inside of it, and place this near your front door or on a windowsill. Keep it topped up with fresh water so it glistens in the sun – ensure you rinse it out regularly so it remains fresh and not stagniot, slimy water.
  • Add some garden angel statues or fairy figurines. Let your imagination go wild!
  • Your space will be magical because you have created a unique area just for you!
  • Gift shops and many garden centres sell natural bamboo wind chimes why not add a chime or two!
  • Also keep a look out for pebbles with natural holes in them – traditionally these are doorways to other realms.

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HOW TO HEAL YOUR EMOTIONAL WOUNDS IN 5 STEPS


In the course of our life, we have collected a number of emotional and psychological trauma in conflicts with other people. These emotional and psychological traumas are parts of our past, and they are often unconscious. Their effects are, however, real: usually these emotional and psychological traumas are in the background of the fluctuation of our emotions, negative moods and the–often apparently unexplainable–emotional outbursts.
These moods may easily take control over our behavior, inveigling us into actions that we later regret or are ashamed of. Is it possible to heal these emotional and psychological traumas, and if yes, how? We are able to cure the psychological traumas through a process of five steps.
Step 1: Understanding
In the process of healing, the first step is the most important, since understanding is essential for a real change. During our life, we often tell others–or ourselves–that, ”I know how I should behave, but I cannot do it. I know what is right, and I still do something else again and again. I am simply unable to change.” The point is that it is in itself not sufficient to know how to behave properly.
Knowledge and real
comprehension are two different things. For a real change, thorough comprehension is required.


We need to understand that in the background of our apparently unchangeable patterns of behavior, there are our mental wounds, acquired in the past. These mental wounds have by now sunk into the unconscious. Unlike the physical wounds on our body, these mental wounds never heal.
The patterns of behavior fueled by our mental wounds are self-sustaining. For instance, we are apprehensive of our boss because (s)he talked us in a superior way in front of our colleagues. Then, after a while, the apprehension fades away, and we believe that our anger is gone.
But our anger has not really vanished; for a while it had been conscious, but then it sunk in to the unconscious, to the depths of our soul. That is where it is waiting for its turn, to emerge to the surface again. It may not have to wait long, as when we return home from work, the behavior of our wife or children might trigger the re-appearence of the anger. We supply new strength, new intensity to our wrath, sustain it, and it will re-surface again and again in the rest of our life.
Step 2: Taking Responsibility
When we become angry about something or someone, we believe that the anger belongs to us, it is a part of our Ego. We then try to find some excuse for our behavior. Our most common explanation is that our anger was caused by the other person, or that it was the only possible behavior in the situation concerned. In this way, we reject responsibility, blame it on our environment, we try to find a scapegoat to blame for our behavior which is unacceptable even for ourselves.
In the first step we realized that anger is caused by our mental injuries, the environment only provides a framework for that anger to charge itself with energy and break to the surface in us.

We shall only be able to achieve a real change in that respect if we realize that our grief, unhappiness, jealousy or anger, and our behavior related to these emotions, are almost always the consequences of some internal wound.
We must therefore cease trying to find excuses for our behavior all the time. We must take responsibility for our anger or unhappiness, and be aware that those are the products our our mental injuries.
Steps 3: Experience, Empathy


So as to be able to heal our internal wounds, we must become alert, and we must recognize the patterns of behavior that are rooted in internal wound, and we must shoulder the responsibility for that behavior.
When sadness, unhappiness, jealousy or anger crop up again in our lives, we should not turn our attention to our environment, in search of a reason for our behavior dictated by the negative emotions.
Instead, concentrate on the specific emotion itself. For example, if we feel anger, let us experience that to the full. Let us completely see and experience what that emotion is like.
Step 4: Return
Once we have experienced the emotions of sorrow, unhappiness, jealousy or anger to the full, let us try to return to the past and find the root core of those emotions, the original internal wound that fuels that particular emotion. We might find a number of small wounds, but do not stop at the first one, try to dig deep and reveal the first wound. 


Examine how and under what cirircumstances that particular internal wound was made. We will be able to accomplish that, since our past is there with us, it exists in there, only unconsciously. We now intentionally bring those wounds to the light of Conscience.
The mental injury will open up for us. There is nothing we should do with that inner wound. All we need to do is be alert, watch with all our attention. We must not allow the Mind to start working in us, making judgments about the situation in which we received the wound. If the Mind begins to work, the process of blaming the responsibility on others will never cease, and the mental wound will never be healed in us. What is more, it will become even worse.
Whenever we have the opportunity, at the time of sadness, unhappiness, jealousy or anger, we should go back to our past. In this way we will be more and more experienced in detecting the mental wounds in the background of our negative emotions and unacceptable behaviour.
Step 5: Recovery

Let us watch in an alert state and without making judgments how a particular mental wound was made in us. By watching and being alert, we will recognize the conditioned patterns of the Mind, and that is the only way of disrupting them. We close down the past, and the way for real chances will open up.

When we consciously return to our own past, and look at a mental wound with full alertness, this alertness and Consciousness will turn into a healing force. An inner wound was not healed before because it had been made in ignorance and it remained there because of the lack of our alertness. The light of Consciousness is a remedy, it heals our mental injuries without us having to do anything else for the recovery.
When the alert Consciousness reaches a mental wound, the wound will be healed, it vanishes and disappears. With the disappearance of the wound the pattern of behaviour generated by that particular wound will also disappear. That is the beginning of real changes in our life, since not only our behavior changes, but we also return to one of the elementary qualities of our life: the alert, conscious attention. That attention will save us from suffering further mental wounds. That is how we slowly arrive at the gateway leading to a life of entirely new quality.