How To Explain Mindfulness To Children?

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Ho we can explain the Mindfulness to our children? I don’t know about you, but I love Kung Fu Panda and it seems that there’s a lot to be learnt  about spirituality if you read in between the lines.

This Kung-Fu Panda clip can be used to help children understand the importance of mindfulness — being present here and now with kindness and curiosity. It is brilliantly illustrates why mindfulness emphasises being in the present moment.

Panda is giving himself a hard time because he’s struggling with his Kung Fu training. His first reaction is to stuff himself full of peaches (you might be more likely to choose chocolate) and then tell Oogway he sucked more today than anyone in the history of sucking!

He’s regretting his past actions and extrapolating from them that his future is hopeless.

The wise Oogway cheers him up with an old saying, reminding him there’s no use in fretting: the future’s a mystery, the past is history, today’s a gift that’s why they call it the present!

I like the clip because it’s easy to relate to what Panda’s doing with his emotional eating and self-criticism, but it also seems a bit of a silly over-reaction, which is  the same for us most of the time.

I teach Yoga and Mindfulness Meditations to school children on a weekly basis,  simple practices that they can use to manage stress, anxiety and worries, and also to help them live life with an open heart and connected to their inner being and who they really are.

Enjoying teaching the children; they are just so amazing at dropping into the present moment and connecting to their inner self.

Every week I come away totally amazed and inspired, feeling blessed to have the privilege to bring yoga and mindfulness meditations to children and to be part of their journey.

Let`s go back to Kung-Fu Panda now. You can watch the clip here. You will find a number of great messages in Kung-Fu Panda movies, most of all one of them is great in helping children understand the essence and importance of Mindfulness meditation. The message being;

Yesterday is a history.

Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a Gift.

That’s why they call it the Present.

The children watched the clip and really seemed to understand the message. As a result many Parents reported back, that their children have been using the Mantra Meditation during moments of anxiety, stress and worry, because they love it.

Next time you’ve had a tough day, watch this clip again and see if it doesn’t put a smile on your face.


Mantra Meditation

Sit comfortably with your back upright.

Rest your hands on your legs with your palms facing up.
Take a breath and relax your shoulders.

Check-in with yourself…

How do you feel?
or How does your body feel?
perhaps…How do you feel on the inside?

Do you have any thoughts?

Now bring your index finger (pointer) and your thumb together.

Notice/Feel the contact of your fingers.

Repeat with me

“Yesterday is history”

Now, bring your middle finger and your thumb together.

Notice/Feel the contact they make.

Repeat with me

“tomorrow is a mystery”

Now, bring your ring finger and your thumb together.

Feel the contact they make.

Repeat with me

“Today is a Gift”

Now bring you’re your thumb and little finger together.

Notice the contact they make.

Repeat with me

That’s why they call it the present”

Repeat,  speaking quietly to yourself.

Say it all over silently to yourself.

Repeat Three Times



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