Observe the moment.  The aim of mindfulness is not to silence their thoughts. The goal is simply to pay attention to the present moment, without getting wrapped up in it.  For that reason, it is best to give them 10 seconds or so before giving them a cue to bring them back to the present moment.   A verbal cue can return them to the present moment, get them to breathe in/out, focus them on the sounds around them, get them to pay attention to the way they are sitting or to listen to your voice, you can even hold their hands and ask if they are warm or cold.  The goal is to be calm with closed eyes and focus your mind, on the other concept briefly and then return it to the present moment.

Return to the present moment.  Our minds often get carried away in thoughts and follow along in a story that can promote extreme emotions that weren’t initially there; anger, anxiety, depression.  All those – what if… I could of…  She should have… Imagine if… That’s why, once they get the hang of it, mindful meditation can help children stay calm.  It is the practice of letting go and returning to the present moment, again and again.

Reflect. After your 10-15 minutes reflect on how they went.  Ask if they were able to focus on the present moment and let the words you said go. You might have the opportunity to discuss ways they can use mindful meditation to stay calm in other situations, like social and school settings or during times of stress or conflict.

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