Mindfulness is "the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment"
As the school year begins, I'm aware of the need to be mindful.
Mindful of rest.
Mindful of play.
Mindful of nutrition.
The academic demands of our children are many; and increasing each year. The length of time asked of them to sit (still) and focus on lessons are long. Recess time is short and lunch is not always nutrient rich.
We can do better than this. We must do better for our children.
Children should play as children do. Run, jump, roll, climb; for long periods of time. Inhaling the fresh air. Feeling the warm sun or cold wind on their face. Be Mindful.
What we put into our children's bodies is just as important as the lessons they learn in class. How do we expect a child to be still and focus when they've started their day eating a bowl of sugary cereal or pastry? How do we expect them to continue to learn in the afternoon after a carbohydrate loaded lunch will little protein, vegetables or fruit? Be Mindful.
Knowing when our children need rest is important. An overloaded schedule can burn out children. Don't get me wrong; I support extra activities. Be it sports, dance or art classes all are important. So is rest. Be Mindful.
I will strive to Be Mindful everyday, because my children deserve it.