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Mindfulness

Lunch Rituals

January 9, 2024
This lunch ritual is loosely based on ōryōki, a Zen monastic eating meditation that places an emphasis on service, generosity, and appreciation. It was developed by Noa Jones and Catherine Fordham for the Middle Way School of the Hudson Valley. Shared mealtime is an opportunity to foster a healthy relationship to food, enjoy each other’s company, and create a harmonious environment at the table. Creating a consistent mealtime practice can help children feel more focussed and be more present with their food.

Book Review: Monster Parade

May 9, 2023
We want to set children up for success when introducing them to meditation practices so playfulness is on order. The Monster Parade: A Book about Feeling All Your Feelings and Then Watching Them Go by Wendy O'Leary with illustrations by Noémie Gionet Landry (Bala Kids 2022) is a wonderful and playful way to approach the idea that feelings and thoughts are fleeting.

Buddhism as an Education System: Takeaways from a Paccaya Foundation Retreat

February 13, 2023
In this video, Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro explains how Buddhism can be seen as a complete educational system. He discusses mind training, the study of sutta (sutra) and how to integrate the Dhamma (Dharma) into one’s daily life. From a series of talks from a contemplative retreat at Paccaya in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

Book Review: Bodhi Sees the World

December 29, 2022
This books takes us on a colorful adventure with Bodhi and her mother to Bangkok, Thailand, where they explore themes of language, culture, routine, ritual, kindness, compassion and bodhicitta. Recommended for children ages 3 – 7.

Family Sundays: Wakeful Wanderings

October 26, 2021
From the Rubin Museum: An art project aimed at generating self-reflection and mindfulness

Family Sundays: Dissolving Fears

October 26, 2021
From the Rubin Museum: An art project to explore letting go of fear and attachment

16 Guidelines for Children and Teens

March 18, 2021
The 16 Guidelines for Life aims to empower parents, teachers, educators and carers to explore mindfulness and ethical values with children and teenagers.

Kerry MacLean offers Free Resources for Families

December 16, 2020
Free resources to bring mindfulness and meditation into the home.

MindUP For Families and Educators: Free content

September 21, 2020
Online self-guided courses and resources from MindUP, designed to support families in cultivating mindfulness, awareness, compassion, an understanding of the brain, and more.

DIY Art Activity: Mindfulness Jar

July 1, 2020
This is a simple and fun activity to do with kids or adults of any age. It can serve as an introduction to the practice of mindfulness or just be a visual metaphor for the interplay of life’s chaos and stillness.