What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn.
Mindful Meditation works soo wonderfullly with kids because they are taught how to focus on their breath during the meditation! It is easy and fun! The benefits are amazing!
Research has shown that Mindful Meditation increases concentration, reduces stress, improves behavior, reduces anxiety, and enhances compassion.
Karen worked with kindergarten student who had severe sensory issues and ADD issues. She could not sit still or control her behavior. When Karen worked with her class, the student actually sat down and meditated! The teacher was amazed! It was the first time this young girl sat still. Our bodies want to be in a state of calm, it is the outside influence that distracts our body's natural response to be in that calm state. Karen continued to work with this student. This young girl learned soo much about how to self regulate her sensory issues. At one point, her eyelids were blinking uncontrollably. She learned, through her breathe, to calm her body down. Her blinking stopped.
Karen worked with a defiant fifth grade student. She suffered from anger issues. When Karen began to work with her, she was resistant. However, pretty quickly, she warmed up. After a meditation, this beautiful young soul cried. She experienced a release of emotions.
Karen worked with an autistic student who had zero interest in meditation. However, as she watched Karen meditate, she joined in. She uses her meditation techniques daily with her mom! Her mom states what a beautiful change she is experiencing with her child.
" It was a breath of fresh air to hear the importance of addressing something other than academics because it is what kids really need." ~ 3rd Grade Teacher NJ
" My son was constantly not wanting to go to school, after working with Karen, he now works on his breathe and feels more confident going to school." ~ Glen Rock mom
" What I liked about mindful meditation is it clears my mind and helps me think positive." ~ 5th Grade Student NJ
" What I like about mindful meditation is that if I am feeling sad or arguing with my siblings , I just can meditate because it takes away all my stress. I feel better about everything that has been happening that day ." ~ 4th Grade Student NJ
"Karen's workshop taught me so many techniques! I am more at peace and my students are so grateful that I teach them mindfulness everyday!" ~ Paramus School Teacher - Grade 5
"I had the best time at Karen's mindfulness workshop! She has the ability to connect to the audience while teaching some pretty cool ideas!" ~ Garfield Teacher - Grade K