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Once you can settle-in, past the narrator's robotic method of delivering the content, (I truly began to believe hers was a computer-generated voice!) often punctuated by a decidedly odd increase of volume and pace here-and-there, you'll be able to gain a LOT from this book! Be prepared to create several bookmarks and notes - there is a WEALTH of knowledge herein. A great place to begin learning about mindfulness from a child's - and adult's - perspective, and one I'm sure many of us will return to for re-'reading'.
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Would you listen to The Mindful Child again? Why?
Yes, I highly recommend this book! The Mindful Child is a wonderful book, loaded with practical information. Listening to the book alone sent me into information overload. I recommend having a hard copy of this title to reference back to and use the games and mindful scripts for later references.
What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Mindful Child?
Big take aways for me include:
*(pg 147) Teaching mindfulness is not the “see one, do one, teach one” model typically embraced in education. Rather, mindfulness requires that we practice it, live it, be it, and practice it some more before we offer it to others.
*Ways to introduce and apply the Still Quiet Place- I’m excited to dive in and explore guided meditations that can calm busy minds in a variety of lengths of time (5-30 min)
*I really like this thought: Body like a mountain; breath like the wind; and mind like the sky (pg. 84)- to be applied possibly after Savasana or maybe even the start of a class to bring awareness and use it to then set an intention of openness.
*The act of building awareness and questions that can be asked to gage where students are. (pg. 145)
*Awareness of thoughts, emotions and how we react to them (while listening to “Watching the Wheels” - pg. 157). What people feel and how they express it is personal and should not be discounted. Where are you on the merry go round? High? Low? Can you let it go?
Any additional comments?
I found myself reading this book while wearing two hats. One as an educator who looks to use yoga and mindfulness in the classroom (camps, afterschool programs, etc.) and the other as a mom. When SKG used examples of mindfulness with many of the topics she often used family interactions to make her point. I was very struck by this and have already started to implement some of her strategies with my son and even my husband.