Mindfulness for Children (Ages 9 - 12)

Mindfulness for Children (9-12 years old)

This interactive virtual eight-week mindfulness program adapted from Amy Saltzman’s A Still Quiet Place, is used to help children manage stress and anxiety in their lives, and develop their natural capacity for emotional resilience, respectful communication, and compassionate action.

"As children and adolescents practice attending to the breath and resting in the brief pauses between breaths, they experience a natural, reliable stillness and quietness within themselves. Over time, they discover that this stillness and quietness is always alive inside of them — when they are breathing in, when the breath is still; when they are breathing out, when the breath is still; when they are doing homework, singing, arguing .... With practice they can learn to rest in this stillness and quietness, and to bring an attitude of kindness and curiosity to their thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, impulses, and actions, as well as to the cues they receive from those they interact with. Ultimately, these observations of their internal and external worlds equip young people to make healthier, wiser, more compassionate choices, especially when they encounter typical daily challenges — such as a bully on the playground, a difficult math problem, or the temptation to engage in risky behavior."

- Amy Saltzman