OUR MINDFULNESS PHILOSOPHY
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness means paying attention to this moment, noticing our thoughts, what our body feels like, what our ears are hearing, and anything else that is happening right now. We all need opportunities every day to rest our minds, breathe, relax and focus on the present moment. Meditation can offer this break and help kids function more effectively, calmly and clearly. One of the most important tools that meditation can bring is the ability to self-soothe, or be kind to yourself. This is something that our children will use for the rest of their lives. When you learn to self regulate (acknowledge and define your current feelings and emotions) you automatically learn to self-soothe during difficult times, instead of following negative or critical thought patterns that can often become habitual and self-destructive.
MINDFULNESS STARTS WITH YOU
Families today are living with record-high stress levels. This is caused by many things, including constant distractions and stimulation to our brains and, we’d also argue, by a lack of mindfulness education. But we can’t expect our children to do things that we aren’t doing ourselves. If we want to make a real difference, practicing meditation needs to be a family affair. That is why our MAK Packs are designed to help loved ones learn together. As parents and caregivers learn mindfulness meditation along with their children, it sticks. When we learn to unplug, de-stress, relax and let go, our children automatically learn it also. It’s like when we water an irrigated garden, water flows in a natural pattern down the row.
MINDFULNESS CHANGES LIVES
Every person, family and community benefits from being more mindful. Studies have shown mindfulness meditation can, among many things, improve attention and behavior, anxiety, depression, school performance, sleep, eating disorders, reduce asthma attacks, decrease hyperactivity and improve peer and family relations.
One of the greatest outcomes of practicing mindfulness, is learning self-compassion. Self compassion is when we offer understanding and kindness to ourselves even when we fail or make mistakes, rather than judging them harshly. We believe that becoming a self-compassionate parent is the best thing you can do for yourself and your child. Which is what has driven the creation of our products and classes.