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Relaxing in Nature

Relax and Listen to The Crickets

When I was a little girl, I lived on a farm.  And during the summer months, when it was still warm outside as I was going to bed, the old farmhouse windows would be open.  In the stillness of the … Continue reading

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Relaxation Activity: Fly Like A Bird

The Chinese practice of Qigong coordinates the flowing, fluid movement of energy between the body, mind and breath.  It is so gentle and mindful!  This Fly Like A Bird activity is perfect for helping you and your child to align … Continue reading

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One Minute of Mindfulness: The Fox and The Child Video

Several years ago, my daughters and I watched a beautiful movie called The Child and The Fox, a 2007 French film directed by  2007 Luc Jacquet.  Narrated by Kate Winslet, it’s a story about a girl who befriends a fox in the … Continue reading

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Walking with Mindfulness–the Fox Walk

My friend, Lisa Wimberger, (founder of the Neurosculpting Institute, http://neurosculptinginstitute.com/), attended tracker training.  Recently she shared that she learned to “fox walk” as part of the program.  As part of the training, (for adults), participants would be led a half mile … Continue reading

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Cloud Thoughts

Mindfulness is known as the ability to pull your attention into the present moment, increasing your awareness of the thoughts that are happening as they happen. When you pause to let go and really just allow yourself to be in … Continue reading

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Turtle Relaxation Walk

The turtle relaxation walk is an excellent way for children to increase their mind/body awareness and practice mindfulness, (aka bringing attention into the present moment).  As you guide them through the following relaxation walk, feelings of calm and relaxation are … Continue reading

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Wildflower Safari

Visit the local library or bookstore to find a book about the wildflowers native to your region. After looking it over with your child, go on a wildflower safari. Load up the digital camera and head out for the nearest … Continue reading

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Magnified Hearing

This activity is great for increasing attention and listening ability. This activity supports children in heightening their awareness of their environment, paying attention to details and auditory discrimination (which is the ability to pay attention to one sound and to … Continue reading

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Hug a Tree Relay

While you are generating an appreciation for the outdoor world, try establishing a circle of love within your awareness. See how nature is constantly giving and receiving. When we stop to hug a tree, we can practice mindfulness. Some thoughts … Continue reading

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Stimulating Relaxation through Nature Connection

It is possible to elicit deep physical relaxation by mindfully connecting with the natural world. Many children today are over-stimulated by their environments. Highly sensitive children especially are reactive to high energy, little down time, and high noise levels. Often … Continue reading

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