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Mindfulness involves paying attention to the moment--without judgement—to allow a sense of peace and calm. One way for families to practice mindfulness is the 54321 technique of being aware of your surroundings.

Using the 54321 technique can be grounding, especially when an individual is having a difficult time. Naming items in one’s surrounding will bring the individual into the present moment rather than fixating on past or future events.



54321 Mindfulness Techn​​ique

To engage in this activity, find a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down. Take a few deeps breaths to settle into the practice. ​Then, take turns with your family to name:

5 things you can see

4 things you can hear

3 things you can touch

2 things you can smell

1 thing you can taste

It is okay to name the same thing. Take your time with this practice; you may be surprised by the things you and your child notice.

When you've finished, take a couple of deep breaths to close the practice.  Share with each other how you feel after this experience. ​

Quote of the Week​​

"Mindfulness is a way of being present: paying attention to and accepting what is happening in our lives. It helps us to be aware of and step away from our automatic and habitual reactions to everyday experiences.​​"​

- Elizabeth Thornton

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