Today’s practice is called the Glitter Globe Body Scan. If you weren’t able to make a Mindful Glitter Globe, you can definitely use your imagination to join the practice. If you have a snow globe or something similar, feel free to use that too.
To begin, introduce the Mindful Glitter Globe to your students. Turn over the jar in front of them so they can see the glitter float its way down. Have them watch as the glitter in the jar as it travels all the way down to the bottom. In this practice, we will be following our attention, just like the glitter, as it travels down our bodies to the ground.
To begin, find Mountain Pose. Feet as wide as your hips, arms resting along your sides, palms facing forward. Lift up through the very top of your head to make your spine nice and tall. Let the eyes gently close, and notice your breath. Feel your belly get bigger as you breath in, and feel your belly empty as you breath out. Take three more belly breaths here.
Now bring your attention to the very top of your head. The place you lifted to make your spine long and tall. Imagine that you are standing inside of a Mindful Glitter Globe, and the glitter has just been turned over above your head. See if you can follow the glitter as it travels down your body here, becoming mindful of everything in its path. Start by noticing the top of your head, where the glitter began. Then follow it as it travels down the muscles of your face, maybe scrunching up your face muscles and releasing here (so no glitter gets stuck). Feel the glitter travel down the back of your head too, moving over your shoulders and down your back. See if you can roll your shoulders back and down to help the glitter move more easily on its path.
Follow the glitter as it rolls over your heart space, and down across your belly. Take a big breath in to the belly here, and a deep breath out. Imagine the glitter brushing down the fronts and backs of your legs, touching your knees, and floating all the way down to your toes.
Take a big inhale through your nose, exhale out of your mouth and blow any leftover glitter away!
Take another deep breath in here and grow really tall. Then for good measure, shake out your arms and legs, just to be sure there’s not glitter left.
Teachers: It might be fun to bring a little glitter in and offer students a sprinkle of it to remember the activity!