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Slow Down

Mindfulness encourages us to slow down and deliberately pay attention to the present moment, and is associated with feelings of calmness and peace. Mindful walking is an exercise where a family can experience the outdoors and engage in present moment awareness. This practice can also bring about creativity and be useful in diffusing difficult emotions.​



Mindful Walking Technique

When outside with your child, engage all the senses.

  • Start by noticing the feeling of your feet inside your sock (shoe, or on the bare ground). Wiggle your toes.
  • Then take one step, slowly, noticing how the movement feels throughout the body.
  • Take a few more slow steps, noticing how it feels.  
  • You can also pay attention to your surroundings,
    • ​What do you hear? (animals, cars, footsteps)
    • Smell? (trees, grass, near by restaurant?)
    • Feel? (breeze in your hair, sweat on arm, shirt on your back)
    • See?  (details in the clouds, nature, buildings around you)
  • Take a beginner's mindset – pretend that you are seeing your environment for the very first time. What stands out to you and your child?
  • Have a conversation with your child about what you are experiencing.

Mindful walking is a practice that engages us in physical exercise, but it also allows us to slow down, be in the present moment, and experience a bit of peace in an often-chaotic world.​

Quote of the Week​​

"Mindfulness isn't difficult. We just need to remember to do it.​​"

- Sharon Satlzberg​

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