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

    Mindfulness learning and practice continues at Northwood.
    This month's mindful challenges are listed below. 
    March 4:  Heartfulness (Generosity/Gratitude)
    Just like you can be mindful of sounds or your breathing anytime, you can send these kind thoughts anytime. Some people noticed that kind thoughts made them feel good. So, you can send kind thoughts when you want to feel good, or when you are not feeling great, you can use this tool.

    March 11:  Listening – Sound Challenge
    This week, we will practice our mindfulness strength by doing the Listening-Sound Challenge. There are lots of noises throughout the day that distract us from whatever we are focused on. When we have strong mindfulness, we can stay focused on what we choose to focus on. This week, when you are practicing mindful breathing or doing a classroom task, try to be mindful of keeping your focus, rather than being distracted and reacting to noises you might hear.

    March 18: 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, like raising your hand in class, and try to be mindful each time you do it.  How does your body feel?  What is your mind focused on?  What do you feel in your muscles or on your skin?

    March 25: Mindful Breathing
    This week, practice making Mindfulness a part of each day.  Remember, you can use Mindful breathing anytime.  All you need is a few moments to notice your breathing and be present with whatever you are doing.

    Monthly Focus Character Trait:
    Our focus character trait for March is Patience. 

    Waiting calmly without complaining. The ability to wait a long time without becoming upset.  The ability to give attention to something for a long time without becoming bored or losing interest.  Patience is waiting for something or someone. 

    This month, try to wait your turn even if someone is taking longer than you think they should.  Use kind words to ask them if they need help instead of shouting at them.