Mindfulness and Character Trait of the Month

  • "Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."  - Jon Kabat Zinn  (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)


    Mindfulness learning and practice continues at Northwood.
    This month's mindful challenges are listed below. 

    June 1: Kind and Caring When Playing:
    This week, consider how you can use mindfulness and heartfulness to show kindness and caring when playing with others.  If things are going well as you play, take a moment to send kind or grateful thoughts to the family or friends you are playing with. If you find yourself in a conflict with other kids, notice how you are feeling.  Are you angry?  Frustrated?  Sad?  Take some mindful breaths and think about whether you want to act on those feelings.  How could you handle the situation without being mean or causing more conflict?  Could you take more deep breaths?  Walk away?  Ignore it and keep playing?  Ask an adult for help?  Being mindful of how we feel when playing with others, allows us to make choices about how we act.

    June 8:  Mindful Eating:
    We can be mindful of anything. This week, let’s practice mindful eating. While eating with your family, see if you can mindfully eat your meal. Choose a bite of food, Don’t eat it yet. Just start to investigate your food like a scientist. Notice what you see, feel, smell, hear.
    What do you notice with your eyes?
    With your nose?
    With your ears?
    With your fingers?
    Now we’re finally going to eat it, but we are going to eat it very slowly. You might take a whole minute to finish just one bite!
    Open your mouth, put it on your tongue, close your mouth. Try not to chew it yet. Just notice how it feels in your mouth. Notice if you taste anything yet. Now, begin to chew one bite at a time, noticing how it changes with each chew. Chew very slowly.
    Try to notice when you swallow and how far you can feel it into your body?

    June 15:  Breathing
    This week is an exciting week. It is the last week of online school. You may be feeling excited for summer, nervous about next year, sad to say goodbye to your classmates and teacher, impatient for the week to be over, or many other emotions.  This week, try to be mindful of your feelings.  What do you feel in your body?  How will you label the emotions you are having?  What will you choose to do in reaction to those emotions. Returning  to mindful breathing can help us become more aware of our feelings.  It can help us slow down our reactions and give us the time to choose how we want to act. Take some time each day to engage in mindful breathing and to notice and be present with your feelings.  


    Monthly Focus Character Trait:
    Our focus character trait for JUNE is HONESTY.
    Honesty means telling the truth. Demonstrating honesty means you tell the truth, even if it is a truth that acknowledges you made a mistake or a bad choice. When we are honest, we tell the truth about things that make us happy or proud, and we also tell the truth about things that might make us feel embarrassed or challenged. When we are honest, our friends and family develop trust in us, and this helps us build strong friendships. This month, focus on telling the truth.  If you don’t know how to do something, admit it.  There are people who will help you to learn. If you make a mistake or hurt someone's feelings, be honest about it. This is a great first step to solving a problem.