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.
May 3: Emotions
This week, practice paying attention to your feelings. See if you can name the feeling you are having. What do you notice about how your body feels? Do you feel an "up" or light feeling? Or do you feel a "down" or dark feeling? If we are mindful of our feelings, we can decide if we want to act on them, instead of just automatically reacting.
May 10: Mindful Movement
This week, practice being mindful of how you feel in your body while you move. One way to practice is to pick one movement. Last time we had this challenge, we tried to be mindful of standing up from the chair or carpet. This week, try to be mindful as you walk through the hallways. How does your body feel? Pay attention to the way your feet feel when they move from the floor to the air to the floor again. What is your mind focused on? What do you feel in the muscles of your legs and on the soles of your feet?
May 17: Heartfulness
This week, practice heartfulness a little each day. Think of someone at school, in your class, in your family to be your secret buddy. Don't tell anyone who you are thinking of. Just send them kind thoughts each day.
May 24: Mindful of Boredom
This week, practice being mindful of how you feel when you are bored. Boredom is a choice we can make, and we can also make a choice to focus our attention, to become curious, and to leave the boredom behind. This week, when you are bored, notice how it feels in your body and your mind. Then see if you can turn up your curiosity to make yourself feel more interested. If we are curious, like a baby or an alien approaching the situation for the first time, we can choose to be present, and not bored, in the situation.
May 31: Mindful Movement
This week, practice being mindful of how you feel in your body while you move. One way to practice is to pick one movement. Last time we had this challenge, we tried to be mindful of walking. This week, try to be mindful as you hug your mom, dad, brother, sister, or other family member. How do your hands feel? How do your arms feel? Pay attention to the feelings in your body as you give a hug to a family member. What is your mind focused on?
Monthly Focus Character Trait: GENEROSITY
May: Our focus character trait for May is Generosity. Generosity is the habit of giving without expecting anything in return. This month, decide how you want to be generous. You can be generous with your time (helping somebody learn a new game, helping somebody with something they are stuck on) or with your supplies (letting someone borrow your pencil or letting them read a book that you have). Share something with somebody else without expecting anything in return.