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.


    February 6: - Mindful Seeing:

    This week, practice mindful seeing. Put on your animal eyes and see if you notice things you haven't noticed before. Be mindful of how the trees look, or the houses, or your room. Maybe you will notice something you hadn't noticed before.

    February 13: Mindful Breathing

    You can practice mindful breathing while you are sitting, walking, outside, even when you are trying to fall asleep at night.

    February 27: Mindful Listening:  

    When you listen mindfully, your focus  should be on the person you are listening to, without distractions. So, how do you do that? See if you can remember to be present and really listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying. You might stop and listen while you are outside, or during class, or at home.

    Our focus character trait is empathy.  Empathy is trying to understand what another person is feeling.  It is seeing the world through another’s eyes. It is being aware of and sharing another person’s feelings, experience, and emotions.  When we show empathy, it allows us to see each other as valuable, important people.  It allows us to see one another’s humanity.  This month practice empathy by listening to others, considering their feelings, and trying to see things from their point of view.  Listen to others to try and understand what they are thinking and feeling.