Mindfulness Resources

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

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Activities for Practicing and Teaching Mindfulness, Compassion, Gratitude, and Social-Emotional Skills

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Activities for Exploring the Five Senses

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

Three Useful Animal Metaphors for Teaching Mindfulness

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.

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