December 1, 2017
Good morning, KES Families.
We had a month chock full of meaningful activities in November, which concluded yesterday with a day of “mindfulness.” Jessica Knopke, KES Parent and Yoga/Mindfulness Instructor, led each grade level, and individual 5th grade classes, through breathing, body and thought strategies to help us when we are feeling “big emotions.” Here is what Jessica shared with the students and their teachers:
- Focusing our attention on our breath helps us to stay in the present moment. Deep breaths that we send all the way down to our belly send a signal to our brain that everything is okay. This can help us feel calm and peaceful at times when we are experiencing big emotions.
- Practicing Yoga poses help us to keep our bodies strong, flexible and healthy. Moving helps us to balance our energy and it also improves our focus and attention.
- We feel our feelings in our body; often even before our brain is aware of them. If we tune into our bodies we can sense our emotions, giving us more time to choose a better response. Tuning into our body is another way we can stay in the present moment. It is also a way that we can calm our body.
- We want to re-focus our thoughts that tend to loop around in our minds when we are feeling scared because thinking those thoughts makes those thoughts stronger. For example, thoughts such as, “I can’t do this,” “I am not smart enough,” “I am so nervous,” and “what if it’s terrible” don’t feel very good.” We want to see if we can focus our attention on other thoughts, more positive thoughts, so that we can strengthen the positive thoughts that help us feel good. Take that unkind thought and flip it. “I can do this,” “I am so smart,” “I am so brave,” “what if it’s great.”
There was very positive feedback from both students and faculty regarding the experience, and we look forward to when Jessica returns to KES on February 9th to share more Mindfulness strategies.
I hope you have a wonderfully “mindful” weekend.
Take good care,
Cristy Harris, Principal