STEP ONE - I've got my spine in a line
STEP TWO - I've got my spine in a line
STEP THREE - I've got my hands in my lap
STEP FOUR - And my heart to the sky
STEP FIVE - Now close your eyes, or soft gaze below.
Mindful Sits - The Mindful Life Way!
MLP has always worked to be as engaging as possible and listen to the youth in our programs. As we began to run services in the early days of MLP, our youth wanted popular songs on the radio to be flipped into mindful songs. As a result, we now create “mindful music” by collaborating with our students and remixing the songs into mindfulness lessons.
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Creating a Mindful Zone:
The Classroom The Mindful Zone is a trauma-informed strategy to support students in using mindfulness to self-regulate. A number of recent studies have found that mindfulness can be a very helpful first step in helping students learn how to self-regulate and come back to a place where they will be much more ready and able to process what happened and think through the impact and consequences of their actions. For example, a school in Baltimore successfully piloted the use of a Mindful Moment Room in place of detention and saw a drop in suspensions.
To start, we recommend using the Mindful Zone in tandem with, not instead of the discipline procedures you already have in place. The Mindful Zone is a place where students can feel safe to cool down, take a mindful break, and practice their mindful skills to come back to a place of greater self-regulation, stability, and self-awareness. We recommend having a computer and headphones on hand if possible where students can listen to some of our recorded mindful sits, accessible online at: www.mindfullifeproject.org
An ideal Mindful Zone would have:
● Copies of reflective worksheets
● Writing and coloring materials, (sometimes students prefer to color to process what they are feeling rather than write.)
● One or two tactile objects such as pipe cleaners, soft blanket, or stuffed animal.
● A timer