When we last left our intrepid life coach (that’s me!) she had just returned from a mindblowing mindfulness retreat with Mindful Schools. Since that time a lot has transpired! Some of it took me away from my business to ensure that my beloved Dad was in good health after a medical scare. Good news is that all is well and things are getting back on track.
More good news: I’ve been rated Seattle’s #1 Holistic Life Coach on Thumbtack. It’s a wonderful validation and I’m very grateful to everyone who has left me such glowing reviews. Thank you! To show my appreciation, I will be offering another seasonal special soon … stay tuned.
So let’s pick up where I left off. Mindfulness retreat and silence and big ah-has!
I’ve since been integrating what I learned at retreat, and what I continue to learn via the year-long mindfulness certification program. Lately, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching mindfulness to a lively group of elementary students.
One of the fun aspects of teaching mindfulness is that it shines light on my own practice. The act of teaching mindfulness to lively, in-their-bodies kiddos has been an amazing mirror that shows me just how hard it can be to get still and be silent.
One way I teach this to kids (and adults) is by showing them how to find their anchor. If you’re not familiar with the concept: your anchor is something that will always connect you back to the present moment. For most people, that’s the breath.
But here’s the cool part for excitable kiddos: you can anchor without having to sit down and calm your body. This has been especially helpful with my elementary students. It does require them to be silent – but they learn that mindfulness can happen when you’re walking, listening or eating. The very act of slowing down enough to notice what we hear, taste what we eat and feel our foot on the bottom of our shoe is just as useful as sitting still.
My own practice has been very challenged the past couple months as I weathered my own storms, and sometimes it hasn’t been about sitting. It’s been about noticing when I am walking too fast down the street and I take the time to intentionally slow down. Or simply listening to the wind blow outside my window.
As the harried holiday season approaches, I challenge you to find moments in your day to simply slow down and find your anchor.