This week we will be learning a mindfulness tool called FOG, which can help us when we wish to take a brief pause from the business of the day or when we find the mind stuffed with so many thoughts and explosive emotions, that we feel stuck in a mind FOG. Old Ma invites us in this practice to take our attention somewhere quiet and peaceful. Our roots.
I wonder if your children can guess what she means by roots?
So, to prepare your class…just before they listen…Invite the children to adopt a position (posture) that will help them to listen very carefully, perhaps sitting with their feet flat on the floor and their backs rising upwards, so they feel tall but comfortable, awake, alert and ready to take part in this mindfulness exercise…
Sometimes when we are really pumped up in a state of emotional turmoil, consciously taking our attention to some neutral place in our bodies can help to settle things down. The feet, for example, tend to be an emotionally inert area of the body unlike the breath which tends to reflect our mental state. Directing attention away from the head and into the feet can serve to ground charged emotions and generate a slight pause creating a period of time for possible calming, stepping out of potentially damaging reactive behaviours and allowing a more considered response.
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