Five Senses Mindfulness

Five Senses Mindfulness is a great practice to help quiet a distracted mind and restore your sense of calmness and equanimity. It’s also really simple.

Start with three mindful breaths, breathing in deeply and bringing your attention full and completely to the sensation of the breath.

Then work your way through each of your five senses, trying to get past the immediate surface information and deeper into your experience:

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Relief from Bedtime Battles in a Peace Jar

Last night my daughter had a bedtime meltdown. She wanted another story, she wanted to sleep in my bed, she wanted me to sleep in hers. Truthfully, she was just over-tired, and once her emotions were in charge there was no stopping the situation from going downhill fast. Until I remembered her peace jar.

A peace jar is a homemade snow-globe. It’s also my secret weapon in the bedtime …

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2-Step Mindful Breathing Practice

Mindful breathing is my go-to mindfulness practice. I love that it is so perfectly portable. Wherever you go, whatever you’re doing, I’m pretty sure you’re breathing. So why not make breathing a practice to connect to the present moment and help you calm down, relax and focus on whatever’s going on for you.

Here’s the basic instruction in 2 simple steps:

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Blowing Bubbles

This weekend my kids and I played with bubbles for the first time in months. We pulled out the really cool insect and flower shaped wands, poured out the soap mix and twirled around the yard, waving our wands until the air around us was a sea of floating, translucent spheres. It was so much fun. A perfect diversion for one of those slightly warm, mildly cool days that …

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Balancing Games to Practice Mindfulness

Playing balancing games is a great way to practice mindfulness with your kids. When we balance in a pose, even one as simple as standing on one leg (or for really little kids, standing on tip-toes), we are improving our ability to focus by strengthening the connections in our brain that filter and process sensory information.

Here is a fun way to practice mindful balancing with your kids that …

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A Gratitude Practice in the Palm of Your Hand

Brother David Steindl-Rast is quoted as saying “Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in the palm of our hands . . .” I love this idea. It’s so empowering to believe that gratitude, which is always available to us, can be used at any time to help us cultivate feelings of happiness and relax, focus and trust in our own self-worth.

I’m …

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