DECEMBER LESSONS

 "Presence" 

THE POWER OF PEACE

Finding balance in a digital world with gifts of peace through these mindful techniques.

Peace begins with good intentions and a simple awareness. It is the subtle feeling that can be found in any given moment. When looking closely at a snowflake, into the eyes of an infant or even a pet, you can feel a sense of non-judgment and ease that is ever so peaceful.  

 

Accessing this gift when emotions seem beyond our control is easier with a mindful practice.  Mindfulness means relieving your mind of worry or stress and immersing yourself in the present moment. Doing this not only reduces anxiety and increases cognitive abilities, it also helps to develop more conscious, empathetic and emotionally healthy behaviors in our children. 

BEING PRESENT MEANS BEING AWARE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE INSIDE JUST AS MUCH AS YOU'RE AWARE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE OUTSIDE

When you learn to capture small moments of peace in passing conversations and small tasks that make up your day, it breaks up building anxiety and stress in your body - making you energized instead of exhausted. 

 

Use these simple practices to help you and your children refocus your energy, self-regulate behavior and make better connections with the world around you.

WHEN CHILDREN KNOW THEY HAVE A CHOICE IN THE MOMENT, IT EMPOWERS THEM TO REACT AND RESPOND WITH BETTER AWARENESS.

YOUR LESSONS ON PRESENCE START HERE

The "Presence" activities include two PDF downloads:  

1. HAVE MORE WITH MINDFULNESS

Have more joy, more love and more gratification with the playful activities in this download. These practices use sensory perception, mindfulness and mind- body awareness to form healthy development of physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as social connectivity. Learning to be more conscious and more self-aware can be easy when you make simple mindful habits. Choose one or all of these exercises for a brain break throughout your day and feel your troubles fade away!

2. MULTITASKING MYTH-BUSTER

Test your multitasking skills or use this fun exercise to show children how being present and focused on one thing at a time improves the quality of their work, helps get things done faster and will make them feel more accomplished.

BE PRESENT, RELIEVE YOURSELF OF FEELING PULLED TO DO MORE

WHEN YOU'RE ALREADY DOING YOUR BEST

Choosing to be present gives me permission to be fully engaged and focused on whatever it is I am doing in the moment, without the guilt or feeling pulled to be doing something else. Being anxious about getting more done, while working on one task is counterproductive. It diminishes the quality of our conversations, our work and negatively impacts our health.  Giving my mental and emotional attention to the task at hand and then doing the same after I move to the next item on my list is so freeing! I feel more accomplished and at ease during my day. There are no missed moments of youth while being present with my daughter nor do I long for more time in general.

I am learning to break free from mediocre multitasking and feel good about my choice to practice presence. 

This too, is my wish for you!

Adrienne Collins

Educator | Founder

CHOOSING TO BE PRESENT WITH YOUR TASK, EXPANDS TIME AND

OUTPERFORMS MULTITASKING AT SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Leading research from Stanford University and several other reliable studies show that the concept of multitasking does not produce the results we once thought. In fact, evidence suggests that multitasking, itself is not possible. We can attend to only one cognitive task at a time according to "The Cost of True Multi-Tasking" in Psychology Today, 2016. "Switch-Tasking, the more accurate term for multitasking has proven to have the following negative results:

1. Increases the length of time it takes to complete tasks. 

2. Decreases the quality of work on any given task.

3. Triggers higher stress and anxiety levels while doing the work.

Children who have strong multitasking habits were shown to sleep less, have more friends who were perceived as negative influences, and generally felt less at ease in social situations.

Test your multitasking skills or use this fun exercise to show children how being present and focused on one thing at a time improves the quality of their work, helps get things done faster and will make them feel better.

Great Day Academics 

Teaches

"Presence"

To Our Kids!

With the rise of screen watching and other unconscious means of interacting with the world, Great Day Academics uses presence to find balance between the tech and natural world. 

Showing young people that they have a choice in how they connect with what's going on around them empowers their thoughts and actions. With awareness in their tool belt, they develop more conscious behaviors and are less susceptible to peer pressure. This means they are more likely to be emotionally healthy, focused and empathetic toward others.     

Everyone loves choices, especially children. Some kids can often feel like they have little control over their everyday experiences. With so much responsibility and things asked of us and our kids, knowing we do have choice, empowers our actions. Use these simple practices to help show how a simple choice of awareness can make a big difference.

PRESENCE IS THE PRACTICE OF A PEACEFUL CHILD

MORE RESOURCES FOR YOU 

We hope these life lessons inspire you, because you thriving is the best gift for our children.

Here are a couple of recommendations that may help you and the ones you know learn more about presence:

 

For Adults:

Do Less - Kate Northrop

The Power of Now - Eckart Tolle 

The Myth of Multi-tasking Dave Crenshaw 

For Young Adults+:

Present, Not Perfect - Aimee Chase

For Our Kids:

A Little Peaceful Spot - Diane Alber

I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness - Susan Verde

extra credit community

Hi there gang!

How did you perform on the "Multitasking Myth Buster"?

Which activity helped you feel more present?

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