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Mindfulness Resources




Resources for practicing and teaching mindfulness and meditation, kindness and compassion, generosity and gratitude, social responsibility and social-emotional skills.


I've gotten a lot of requests to use these activities in various contexts, and I've found some of this content copied onto other sites without permission.  Please link to these activities; do not copy them to your own site.  (See the FAQs for more information.)


Activities for Exploring the Five Senses

Posters, Quizzes, and Infographics About Mindfulness and Self-Care


Songs for teaching mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, social-emotional skills and social responsibility.

Video Playlists for Teachers and Teacher Trainers

Self-Care Videos: Gentle Yoga, Mindful Movement, and Indoor Walking
Silent (and Sound-Optional) Videos for Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga 

Creative Ways to Make a Difference: short videos about people with unique abilities and inclinations supporting the community in creative and unusual ways.
Inspiring Videos of Young People Serving the Worldchildren, teens, and young adults who've made a difference in their own communities or communities in other parts of the world.  
Inspiring Videos of Service to Humanity: helping child soldiers, victims of human trafficking, and former gang members, and providing 'spiritual and mental nutrition' to the starving.
Thought-Provoking Videos About Empathy, Compassion, and Servicehow to defeat bullying, support people from different backgrounds, and communicate respectfully even if we have opposing viewpoints.
Thought-Provoking Videos About Mindfulness and Meditation: a variety of perspectives (secular, spiritual, and humorous) on the benefits and challenges of mindfulness and meditation.
Using the Arts to Teach Mindfulness: the visual arts, performing arts, and storytelling can be used to help kids and adults focus on the present moment.
Videos about Kindness, Compassion, and Service (part 1):  short videos about small acts of kindness and large acts of philanthropy. 
Videos about Kindness, Compassion, and Service (part 2): short videos about empathy and aid for people from different backgrounds.



Noncompetitive Games and Group Activities  
This might be a good place to start if you teach kids and don't have training in teaching mindfulness.  (You might also be interested in the gratitude and five senses activities for individuals or groups, in the section below.)

Practicing Gratitude



Mindful Communication


Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion with Academic Content


Quotations and Class Discussion Topics 
Many of these would also be appropriate for journaling or as reflective writing assignments.
  • What is Mindfulness? quotations about mindfulness meditation, informal mindfulness practice, and nonjudgmental awareness.



Yoga and Mindful Movement
Especially if you don't have training or experience teaching yoga or other forms of mindful movement, please try these movements yourself a few times before teaching them to others. 



Meditation and Formal Mindfulness Practice
Please don't teach your students meditation or formal mindfulness practices unless you have experience doing these practices yourself and have some training in working with the student population you plan to teach. You may actually want to leave this page for now and go to the Start Here page, which has advice on teaching different ages of students in different contexts. 



Emotions and Thoughts    
These are appropriate for teaching kids. (Please try them yourself first. For meditation or breathing practices, it's preferably if you have your own established personal practice before teaching others.)


Compassion, Self-Compassion, and Self-Awareness
These are appropriate for adults or mature teens. If you plan to use them in teaching others, please don't lead any practices you haven't done personally, and please respect participants' decisions about how much they choose to share with the group about their experiences.




13 comments:

  1. Some great ideas here, I love Giant Strides, Rainbow Walk and Marble Roll. For some of my own ideas check out my recent blog post Mindfulness in the Classroom: some helpful suggestions http://www.joyfulmind.net.au/blog. And You Tube clip of my colleague Bobbi Allan and me from Mindfulness in Education http://www.mindfuleducation.com.au/ teaching at school last year. Shakti Burke at work in the classroom at Mindfulness in Education at Dunoon Public School https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry-sRjRFIW8.
    Great site, great ideas, wonderful to share. Thank you.

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  2. Thanks for sharing these links, Shakti:
    There are some great suggestions for elementary school teachers at http://www.joyfulmind.net.au/blog/mindfulness-in-the-classroom-some-helpful-suggestions

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  3. These are wonderful! Permission to use a few of these for a unit plan for high school teachers? I won't be charging anything or making money on it - I just want to spread the word.

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    1. This second post is so that comments will get sent to my email. =)

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    2. Hi Joshua, I'm delighted that you're finding the activities useful. Permissions are a little complicated because I created some of the activities and others I have permission to post here but not to publish elsewhere---Could you email me at mindfulteachers@gmail.com to discuss this?

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  4. Due to a strange html error, this page disappeared a few minutes ago, and I'm trying to figure out what's going on. I will probably need to recreate the whole thing based on an old saved version on my laptop... Thanks for your patience as I get it back online...

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    1. I have no idea why, but it seems to be working to strip out the html and have the site automatically re-html itself. (Is there a technical term for that?) In any case, thanks for your patience as I got everything back online. This is by far the most popular page on MindfulTeachers.org, so let's just say this has been a challenging test of my 'mindful breathing'. (I confess that my first response was to yell, "Oh, [drat]!" In a calm and mindful way, of course.)

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  5. I am looking for approximately eight minute long mindful movement videos to show to students in the classroom. Does anyone have suggestions of where I should look?

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    1. I'm not sure what age your students are, but here are a couple of possibilities.
      a 9-minute video with yoga for kids:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmeTZGr_R5Q
      an 8-minute video of Thich Nhat Hanh's '10 mindful movements', apparently from Thai television, but with instructions in English:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-gEO12BVNU

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  6. Great list of resources. It's going to take a while to explore all of these. Bookmarked!

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I'm so glad you found this page useful. :-)

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  7. I agree, it's essential to establish a personal meditation practice before teaching meditation to others. I would like to share two of favourite guided meditation resources - hope they help you as much with your personal practice as they do mine. http://www.againstthestream.org/category/audio-catergory/meditation/ and https://mindfulnessandpsychotherapy.com/podcast/.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Lottie. Those look like great resources.

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