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. 

    October 7:  Body Awareness

    This week, practice being mindful of your body. Being mindful of your body helps you take care of yourself.  Practice being mindful of how your body feels when you are sitting in your desk or on the floor reading. Bring your attention to where your body touches the floor. What sensations do you notice in your body?  What parts of your body feel relaxed?  What parts feel tense?

     October 14:  Mindful Breathing – Your Base

    This week, continue to practice mindful breathing, particularly by locating your base or your anchor.  Where do you feel your breath?  Practice focusing your attention on your breathing.  You might also try using anchor words, like “breathing in, breathing out” to focus your attention.

     October 21:  Heartfulness – Generosity

    This week, practice mindfulness by being generous.  How many generous things can you do this week?  How many generous things might you see others do?  Set yourself a daily goal for being generous, and see if you can meet it.

     October 28:  Thoughts

    This week, practice noticing your thoughts.  Our minds think and think and think, but not always on the things we are doing.  Practice noticing your thoughts.  When you notice your thoughts, you can then let them go, or choose to be more mindful of the task at hand.

    Monthly Focus Character Trait:
    Our focus character trait for October is Cooperation. 
    Cooperation is working together for a common purpose. When we cooperate, we let others know that we trust and believe in their ability to help get the job done. Cooperation is an important trait to have at school, at home, and at play.
    his month, think about ways you can be cooperative in your work with others.  You can cooperate with classmates by listening to others ideas as you work together on an assignment.  You can cooperate with your teachers and parents by thinking of ways to be helpful as you work together to complete projects at school or at home. Cooperation will help make Northwood a great place to learn.