Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) (Anglais) Broché – 3 décembre 2013
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"Kids are keen to learn, often live in the moment, and are capable of industrial-
strength attention. They also struggle with thinking they’re not good or cool enough. Sitting Still Like a Frog teaches children mindfulness through an amphibious friend who sits very still and breathes—preserving energy and paying attention to everything going on around him. Many practices fill the book and audio CD, and all of them remind us, and our children, just how easily thoughts can move us off our lily pads."—Mindful
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Includes a 60-minute audio CD of guided exercises read by Myla Kabat-Zinn.
Mindfulness—the quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is—is gaining broad acceptance among mental health professionals as an adjunct to treatment. This little book is a very appealing introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents. In a simple and accessible way, it describes what mindfulness is and how mindfulness-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware. The book contains eleven practices that focus on just these scenarios, along with short examples and anecdotes throughout. Included with purchase is an audio CD with guided meditations, voiced by Myla Kabat-Zinn, who along with her husband, Jon Kabat-Zinn, popularized mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as a therapeutic approach.
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"Being Present" is something people say alot but this book really infuses those two words with a vast amount of meaning and consequence. Those two words may very well be the secret to a joyful, productive, peaceful life. And I'm not saying this in my billowy skirt as I kick off my birkenstocks in the grass under a tree on a hill. No, I live one of those hamster-wheel kind of lives that I am desperately trying to make work for myself while balancing my own sanity with the needs and wants of two young and ambitious daughters and a hardworking husband.
This book is full of great exercises. The exercises are geared for a variety of ages and needs and can be adapted to fit your situation. Much of it is about finding a way to not just be quiet, but to experience quiet- turn the brain/mind on mute for a little bit. We are constantly processing, judging, deciding, chiding, wanting, ad infinitum... in these brains of ours. These exercises are designed to shut the computer down, reboot and leave a little silence for something new to enter, space for peace. And I think even the calmest, most well-adjusted, yogified among us can always use a little bit less stress, a little more peace, a little more awareness, a little more joy.
For me, I think this little guide is the key.
My daughters perform in a semi-professional chorus and rehearse several days a week. With traffic we spend two hours in the car on chorus days. When the fighting started, I popped on one of the audio exercises and LO AND BEHOLD... we had a really great drive that wasn't all about what so-and-so at school did or why someone is a such-and-such. I have great kids- this helps bring that greatness out even when they are trying SO hard to hide it. :)
Okay, some nuts and bolts... what does this little book cover?
What is mindfulness?
Parenting with mindfulness(lead by example).
Breathing is everything. Attention is tied to breathing.
Paying attention is a skill that must be practiced.
Being in your head versus being in your body. Paying attention to your physical self instead of buzzing around in your head.
The weather inside us and dealing with 'storms'. Feelings are okay- kind of like the weather, sunny or rainy, it is what it is.
Worries! (My favorite) How to handle the 'conveyor belt' of worries that seems to be constantly on.
Kindness and the grander scheme of things. Practicing at being kind.
Patience, trust and letting go... but really, how to actualize what is truly important to us and letting the other crud go.
Take all that above and insert "and how to help your child with these things" AND "how to observe how you currently deal and be mindful enough to alter that" and I think that about covers it.
I love that the author says that you can't stop the waves in the ocean. Yeah, baby! That's life, right? And this isn't just a book of trite sayings like "if life hands you lemons..."- not that there is anything wrong with being optimistic, it is just a matter of the fact that not everyone intuitively knows how to turn everything into lemonade. I can personally attest it is difficult to turn dog crap into lemonade and your family will never forgive you if you try to do it in the kitchen. (Um, just kidding) My point is this book gives some good tools- ways to think differently, how to approach problems, exercises that are meant to change the way your brain looks at, sees, judges things.
If nothing else, you'll get a bit of piece as your children attempt to be like the frogs. I'm gonna bet you get a whole lot more.
I plan to update in a few weeks as we continue to work the exercises. Still like frog I want to be.
Mindfulness or awareness of the present is something I never learned as a child, but how incredibly useful to understand that you can change the way emotional responses control us just through awareness. While it is very individual, techniques of mindfulness can be so helpful and even have long term benefits on health.
At least the exercises on the CD are helpful and are perfect for kids (my youngest is 5 and she gets it). But I was hoping to read from the book to my kids for more depth than just the exercises on the CD. The book will be helpful to me, and maybe then once I understand I can teach my kids. But I wanted to learn together with them.
If this were more clearly stated on the cover of the book and description I would have known what to expect and rated it accordingly. But in all honesty I wouldn't have bought it then.
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