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Mindfulness Hikes: Why Wouldn’t We?

Mindfulness hiking in Vancouver

Research has shown, and is continuing to show, the healing and restorative power of nature. Studies have found that spending time in nature can, amongst other things, increase wellbeing; help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression; promote creativity; assist with recovery from mental fatigue; help restore attention; boost the brain’s ability to think; and stimulate the …
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Mindfulness Training: Developing Emotional Literacy in Young Kids

Developing emotional intelligence

When you teach kids … how to recognize their feelings, understand where they come from and learn how to deal with them, you teach them the most essential skills for their success in life. …Additional data concludes that “young people with high EQ [emotional intelligence] earn higher grades, stay in school, and make healthier choices. Psychology Today, …
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Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds, Part 2: More Mindful Games

Mindfulness classes for kids

As we learned in Part 1 “Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds: Tips for Getting Started,” we can cultivate in our children present-moment awareness (mindfulness) by engaging their imaginations in mindful activities. Play-based mindful activities create a positive association in our children’s brains with the mindfulness skills they are learning. Mindfulness games and activities help …
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Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds: Tips for Getting Started

Mindfulness classes for kids

I’m currently teaching mindfulness to children aged 6 to 8, and find that teaching mindfulness to young kids is so rewarding because they teach me as much as I teach them. Have you ever wondered what a mindfulness class for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 3 would look like in action? What happens when we …
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Mindful Conflict Resolution Tips for Kids, Teens and Parents

Mindful conflict resolution

“He started it!” “Did not!” “Did too!” Conflict and conflicting opinions are a part of life, and younger kids may have an exchange similar to the one above. When my older daughter was preteen, I used to get an eye roll every time (or at least it felt like every time) I would say something …
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Mindfulness for Performance Success

Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience; it is the act of experiencing more clearly. philosopher, neuroscientist and educator, Sam Harris. Mindfulness is a powerful tool for achieving better results in every venue of performance—sport, business, music, and the performing arts. Mindfulness training reduces performance anxiety (also known as “stage …
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A Mindful Path to Healthier Relationships

Mindfulness in relationships

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou, American Poet Psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott said that “…when we see that we are being seen, we come to life”. Having strong relationships is a key factor in being happy, successful, and …
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MBSR Training to Manage Chronic Pain

MBSR for chronic pain

From the perspective of mindfulness, nothing needs fixing. Nothing needs to be forced to stop, or change, or go away. Jon Kabat-Zinn, in his book, The Mindfulness Solution to Pain He also wrote: “In MBSR, we emphasize that awareness and thinking are very different capacities. Both, of course, are extremely potent and valuable, but from …
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