What is Mindfulness?
At Pause with Panda, we like to formally think about mindfulness as “paying attention to the here and now with a sense of kindness and curiosity and then choosing a response”. But to help make this a bit easier for children (and even adults) to understand, we like to talk about mindfulness as simply taking a pause.
A “Pause” is when we take a moment to pay attention to our bodies, thoughts and feelings.
By taking Pauses, children learn to “practice” mindfulness which can help their brains develop skills like focusing, showing compassion, and self-regulation.
How Mindfulness Develops Our Brains
Mindfulness can help develop children’s brains by activating and regulating three key parts:
Benefits of Mindfulness
Research finds that youth you practice mindfulness can develop:
Source: Mindful Schools