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Mindfulness vs. Meditation

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Mindfulness vs. Meditation

The terms mindfulness and meditation are buzz words here in the West at the minute. We hear that they are good for us and can help us cope with our stressful lives but both terms are used interchangeably so are mindfulness and meditation the same thing? No they’re not, in my experience and opinion, and I’m going to explain it to you what I think they mean. In my experience and my understanding mindfulness is, as I have said before, awareness. Being mindful is simply being aware of what is happening when it is happening. When we are mindfully colouring...

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Teaching Mindfulness to Children

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Teaching Mindfulness to Children

I taught a mindfulness adult class to a group of primary school teachers last week. The class was for adults so it included three different types of meditation, some basic ‘you could try to use this in the moment’ tips and some chat. One of the questions I got afterwards surprised me but I realise now that it probably shouldn’t have. How do you teach this to children? By doing completely different things than what we have just done was my answer.Each Relax Kids class follows a seven step format; we start with movement and games which helps to release...

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Book of the Month: All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism

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Book of the Month: All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism

"Nobody gets me, Mama!"In All My Stripes, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his "autism stripe." With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes — the unique strengths that make him who he is!Includes a Reading Guide with additional background information about autism spectrum disorders and a Note to Parents and Caregivers with tips for finding support.Foreword by Alison Singer, President, Autism Science Foundation. Review This book is an excellent resource for teachers, parents, and other caregivers as they teach children about...

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What is Slow Fashion?

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What is Slow Fashion?

What Is Slow Fashion? Slow Fashion is an awareness and approach to fashion, which considers the processes and resources required to make clothing, particularly focusing on sustainability. It involves buying better-quality garments that will last for longer and values fair treatment of people, animals and the planet. But what does it mean exactly? The beginnings of Slow Fashion The last few years a wave of change has been sweeping through the fashion industry, powered by real truths about its implications on the planet, people and animals. An increasing number of brands are rejecting the principles of Fast Fashion, as a more...

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Practicing Mindfulness with the Family

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Practicing Mindfulness with the Family

We have touched on some of the benefits of practicing mindfulness for mothers in a past blog so I want to go a little bit deeper into what mindfulness can bring into your life, as a parent and as a member of a family unit. We have been spending huge amounts of time at home with our families this past year, mindfulness will help you to really make that time count. If you learn techniques and skills to help relax and destress as a family unit you can remind each other of these skills and tricks in stressful situations. If...

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