Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mindfulness Practice: Color & Emotion Journals

Encourage your small children to keep a Color Journal.  Before bed each night, ask him or her, "What color was your day?"  Then invite him or her to experiment with shapes and forms using only that color. 

For older children, encourage them to take a few minutes at bedtime to write about the emotions they experienced during the day.  Ask him to recall how his body felt during those times.  Did his stomach feel tight when he was angry?  Did she relax when she felt joy?  Parents might try this exercise too.  Ask yourself, "What were the causes of the happiness I felt today?"  Did you delight in others?  What unpleasant events did you experience?  How did you react? 

Try this practice for one week.  Then share your journals as a family.
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