It matters what we rest our mind on. When we rest our mind on difficult things- hurts, criticism, worries, or lack- the brain gets shaped in a certain way. It becomes reactive, vulnerable to the negative and zooms into a narrow focus on threat and loss.
I’m really excited to be offering a brilliant new take on Mindfulness this term.
It’s called Savouring.
The Savouring practice takes mindfulness to a whole new level. It provides a sparkling incentive, an instant gratification: it is so rewarding! It gives us a really good reason to bother practising Mindfulness.
I promise you will find this practice really enjoyable. Personally, I have found it life-changing.
Want to know how Mindful listening practices could transform your classroom? It’s simple: The very act of mindful listening, or any sensory focus for that matter, strengthens attention. When children stop and focus intently on sensory input, be it seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or touching, the focusing systems of the brain get a workout. The attention muscle grows.
I remember, as a teenager, loving a phrase that described demolition work as “putting back the sky”. “Wow” crooned my impressionable teenage brain “that is cool”. To this day, I still like that phrase.