What IS mindfulness?? Essentially, mindfulness is maintaining full focus on what is happening in the present moment. With today’s distractions of phones, social media and technology (which can all be really great things), it's easy for us to get distracted and feel overwhelmed by lots of little things we "need" to do. We suffer in school, have more anxiety, and feel disconnected from others. But learning mindfulness will help us focus on one thing at a time, so we can feel attentive, considerate, and calm. Mindfulness exercises help develop concentration and self-awareness. It is noticing our thoughts, body sensations, feelings, and anything happening right now in this moment.
Hundreds of studies have shown that kids who practice mindfulness exercises regularly improve in paying attention in the classroom; empathy/compassion toward others and themselves; decreased anxiety; and greater feelings of success and overall happiness.
We'll be doing many fun mindfulness practices this summer, here are two examples: Savoring Chocolate and Random Acts of Kindness.
Savoring Chocolate It might sound silly, but when we learn how to slow down and savor our food, we are actually learning how to slow down in life in general and to enjoy things we may have not noticed before. We'll be noticing the tastes, textures, smells, sounds and sensations of chocolate.
Random Act of Kindness (RAK) We’ll also dive into the Random Act of Kindness (RAK) practice, and learn to be more mindful of our community. We'll spend some time writing hopeful notes or words of encouragement to others. We'll then take a tour of downtown Lyons and hand out our RAK notes to store owners, leave them on cars, bikes, etc. This practice is a way of appreciating, or being mindful, of the other people in our community. Afterward, we will discuss how this practice made us feel.
Day Overview: The group gets to start off the day at 10:00 AM with a 30 minute yoga wake-up in beautiful Sandstone Park. Then, a percussion instruments jam session, with Lyons musician Emilyn Inglis will follow. Next, Shannon Lamb from ‘Be Mindful’ will be doing fun and interactive activities, to help cultivate mindfulness. We will journey one session to the Western Stars for painting on canvas, and end our day with theater improv back in Sandstone Park, with a fun and outgoing instructor, who is an actress and director in New York City! Journal writing and/or summer reading will be intertwined throughout the day.
Attending all classes is NOT required!
Tell your kids to call some friends and join in on the fun!!!
Fee: $30 per session or $120 for all 4
Dates: June 23, 30, July 7, 14
Time:10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Meet at Sandstone Park by visitor’s center
Instructor: Lori LeGault plus many more
Size: Minimum 8/ Maximum 20