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The Garden Inside Me

From Carla Brooke April 2013 Just before leaving to teach mindfulness to the group of  kindergartners at Coastside Chidlren’s Program, I fill up a bag with flowers. Yellow calendula, violet forget me knots and hummingbird sage.  To illustrate the life cycle of a flower, I bring the hyacinth bulb that bloomed a few days ago. …

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Quick and Easy Mindfulness: A “Spectrum Check-In”

From Sam Shapiro A super fun, non-threatening technique–that also support community building–I love to use in my high school classes is called “Spectrum-Check-In.” This gets more to mindfulness of emotions, which is an important aspect of mindfulness to cultivate. Especially in pressurized, academic environments, often times students aren’t given enough guidance towards self-understanding and self-compassion,…

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Kind Eyes

From Ryan Redman Hi All, Just thought I’d share a lesson that we use throughout the year at the Flourish Foundation called Kind Eyes, which is a alteration of an activity that I learned from Susan Kaiser Greenland called the Hello Game.  Kind eyes can be a really nice way to start a session especially…