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Maintaining a Mindful Inner Landscape

Maintaining a Mindful Inner Landscape

Materials needed:

  • Inner garden drawing
  • Writing utensil

Last time we talked about how what a Mindful Inner Landscape is, and how it is created through what we take in. You all got to imagine what the inner garden of your Mindful Inner Landscape looks like, and we’re sure it was absolutely beautiful!

Now that you have a vision of what you’d like your inner garden to look like, its time to learn how to keep it healthy so it can grow into your Mindful Inner Landscape. Since the things you take in add to your inner garden, what kinds of things do you think would be good nourishment, or food for it?

We have already learned about many of these things in past mindfulness practices. You might remember some or all of them, but here are some examGreen watering can pouring waterples:

  • Mindful Eating
  • The Practice Acts of Kindness series
  • The Mindful Mornings series
  • The Mindful Body series

You have been building up a toolbox of Mindfulness practices, and now you get to choose some that you’d like to practice to Maintain a Mindful Inner Landscape.

If you still have your inner garden drawing, you can turn it over to write down three Mindfulness practices that you think would be good nourishment, or food, for your inner garden. These can be a reminder of what to practice to Maintain your Mindful Inner Landscape, and that when you practice, you are helping your inner garden stay healthy.

 

Creating A Mindful Inner Landscape

Creating A Mindful Inner Landscape

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Coloring utensils (pencils, crayons, markers)

A landscape is what a space that you’re in looks like. Imagine you’re sitting at a park looking around. There may be trees, a playground, flowers… these are all part of the landscape. This landscape has many different parts that make it so nice to be part of. Places can also have parts what make it not so nice to be a part of.

Today we’re going to talk about our Inner Landscape, and how we can work to make it a Mindful Inner Landscape that feels good to be a part of us. What you take in becomes part of you, and part of being mindful is noticing what we take in. This means what we take in to our bodies and our minds through our eyes, our breath, our ears, and our foods. There are so many ways we can make our Inner Landscape more Mindful, so we will just cover a few for examples. They will be short practices of awareness, or noticing, and challenges to try noticing more often throughout your week.flowers-clouds-grass-nature-peaceful-sky-wind

You can think of this Inner Landscape like a garden, with each practice planting seeds for beautiful things to grow. The more you practice what you learn, the more you water the sees and help them become part of your garden. This garden is what makes up your Mindful Inner Landscape because you are helping to grow what you want yourself to look like on the inside!

Today’s practice to get started is to draw your inner garden. Start by imagining a place you feel safe, calm, relaxed, and happy. It can be real or imaginary. Draw you Mindful Inner Landscape based on this place that you imagine, and maybe even add words to the drawing that say what you’d like to be part of you. Some examples might be kindness, love, happiness, peacefulness… the sky is the limit! This Mindful Inner Landscape can be your inspiration for the practices to come.

Practice Acts of Kindness: Yourself

Practice Acts of Kindness: Yourself

There are many ways to Practice Acts of Kindness to Your Self. But before we get started, you might ask, why do I need to practice it myself anyhow? Just like any mindfulness practice, the MOST important thing to remember is that we must practice ourselves so that we can share it. If you want to be in a space to share Acts of Kindness with others, you must first be kind to your self.

Now, lets talk about some simple ways to Practice Acts of Kindness to Your Self. Some of them are very similar to ones we practiced with other5712669523_383115ff9d_os, and they are listed here:

  1. Write yourself a kind post-it note and put it on a mirror you see in the mornings.
    1. Read the post it note out loud to your self as a bonus!
    2. An extra bonus: smile at yourself in the mirror while you say it.
  2. Give yourself a huge hug first thing when you wake up. Just because you’re so awesome!

Student’s Tip: Feel free to journal about how Practicing Acts of Kindness to Your Self made you feel. These are great practices to do every single day!

Teacher’s Tip: You may want to hold space for in-class sharing or writing reflection on the practice the following day to deepen student reflection!

Practice Acts of Kindness: Parents and Family

Practice Acts of Kindness: Parents and Family

You don’t need anything to practice this activity other than your big kind heart!

Our Practice Acts of Kindness today will be to give a nice big hug of kindness to your mom, dad, or other close family member. If you already hug one of your parents or family members a lot, try giving a hug to someone in your family nearby that you normally wouldn’t hug, like your brother or sister, cousin, aunts or uncles, or maybe your grandparents. If you know the person really doesn’t want a hug, think of someone else to give your hug of kindness to. The only other rule with the hug of kindness is to give it with a nice big smile!

A bonus option when giving this person a hug of kindness is to say something nice about them, just like we have been practicing with notes at school. This can be as simple as “I love you mom or dad!” or “your make the best cookies!” If you do this, take a Free hugsmoment to think about one thing that you really like about the person you are hugging.

Teacher’s tip: If certain students have concerns about giving hugs (for any family reasons) then suggest they just say something nice about the person (to the person)!

Student’s tip: Maybe you can practice giving one hug of kindness to a new family member each day. You could even give hugs of kindness to many family members every day. Saying something nice about the person is always an bonus option too! If you love giving hugs of kindness, you can start giving them to your friends too! Just make sure you know the person before giving a hug!