When we were back at school, you might have heard your child mention ‘doing mindfulness after lunch’ or going to a lunchtime club for ‘mindfulness colouring’. So what exactly were they doing, apart from having quiet time or colouring, and why?
Wherever you are, stop and take a few moments to observe what is happening right now.
What can you see - colours, shapes, movement?
What can you hear - close by, in the distance? Do you recognise where the sounds are coming from?
What can you smell - specific scents? How do they make you feel?
If you're eating, take in the flavours, the textures in your mouth, the feeling of your jaw moving.
What does your body feel like - notice the ground you're standing or sitting on, what the temperature is like, what are others doing around you?