Mindfulness

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This mindfulness video project is presented by some of our 5th grade students at PS7 (Sacramento) for the purpose of teaching the rest of the school (Kinder- 5th grade) how to use mindfulness and deep breaths to help them calm themselves when feeling upset, frustrated, or stressed out for any number of reasons (including bullying). We are using simple movements and sign language to help teach the message and inspire the students to sing and sign along!! 2016

We practice mindfulness in our Circles of Compassion program!

Dr. Susan Kaiser Greenland says “Mindfulness moves brain activity from the emotional part of the brain into the problem solving part of the brain so it can do it’s job. It can work the other way too. If you can get the problem solving part of the brain really strong, it can turn around and quiet the emotional part of the brain.”  Mindfulness cultivates a state of awareness that enables us to make better choices about how we respond to our experiences, both positive and negative, including bullying and aggression. With practice, mindfulness can help us to become aware of the present moment by observing our thoughts, physical sensations, and emotions at the moment they occur without reacting in an automatic or habitual way. Instead, we can begin to practice responding creatively. Experiences don’t have to overwhelm us and we can learn to remain calm and centered through life’s ups and downs.

In addition to practicing mindfulness and meditation, our Circles program also includes practicing stress-reduction, or calming strategies such as guided visualization, yoga, and other relaxation techniques for self-regulation and emotional well-being! Guided visualizations are the easiest and most enjoyable way to experience all the positive benefits of deep meditation. Mindfulness  is an integral missing “peace” (piece) in bullying prevention and social-emotional programs. CCKids can provide a workshop and/or ongoing classes for all ages, children through adults on mindfulness and meditation, at school, in your program, and in your workplace!

Dee integrates mindfulness into all aspects of her life and teaching and is inspiring others to do the same. Dee is introducing mindfulness-based meditation in schools as an important and viable practice to help our next generation develop the life-skills and habits proven to relieve the pressures that children face in today’s world, along with the many other benefits it can offer.  She completed the year-long program to become a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor.  Classes and Coaching are available for children, teens, educators, and parents. New website: Mindful Kindful YOUniversity

Related blogs by Dee DiGioia: 

Guided Visualization the Magic Wand for Teens: You Can’t Be Peaceful and Aggressive at the Same Time!

Why I Teach Mindfulness

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” (~The Peace Pilgrim)

Circle of Compassion class, guided visualization

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(Photos from our “Circles of Compassion” class at Sutter Middle School, Folsom, CA)

Info on Mindfulness is shared regularly on my Facebook Mindfulness group: Mindful Kindful YOUniversity and on our page: Caring and Courageous Kids ~ join us!!!

“Research has proven that mindfulness training integrates the brain and strengthens the important executive functions that support emotional and social intelligence as well as academic success. Offering mindfulness (training) for teens is a natural way to set them on the right course not only now, but for the rest of their lives!” ~Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. & Clinical Professor, Author of Mindsight and forthcoming Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

develop inner peace

“Mindfulness is about courageously turning our hearts inside-out so that we can actualize our deeply human ability to find solutions and stand in our universal goodness, no matter what the circumstances.” ~Marina Illich PhD

Resource Articles:

The Heart of Mindfulness

An Introduction to Mindfulness for Teachers and Their Students

How to Train the Compassionate Brain

When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness 

Resource Videos:

Just Breathe (video below)

Edutopia: Meditation Helps Lower Truancy and Suspensions (video below)

Healthy Habits of Mind (45-minute video below)

The Mindful Revolution: Exploring How Mindfulness Can Transform Education (video below)

Mindful Moments, Mindful Schools Retreat 2016 (video below – created by Dee DiGioia)

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