Do all school districts do this?
I have no idea. But ours does, so I'm sharing. Because all good kids share. Most of the time. When they can. Except the special stuff that they keep in little treasure boxes and tuck in hidey-holes or under the bed. Things like baby teeth that fell out forever ago, or beads that are the perfect color of the sky before a storm, or a favorite micro machine car that's older than I am.
Anyway. The Mindfulness Center has put together a calendar for Mindful May, and I'll share it below for daily suggestions and ideas of how to be more mindful.
For today, May 5th, it suggests eating a fruit mindfully, without judgement. Just be aware and observe thoughts, feelings, sensations.
My choice of mindful fruit is dried mango (mindful dried mango...mindful May mango...yummy, mummy, mindful mango...there's a sing-song mantra in here somewhere) . It's lovely, yellow and orange, two colors that make me feel light at the back of my eyes. Not heavy or sad at all, but a lifting feeling. Colors can do that, what? How magical is that? The smell is light too. And the texture is rough between my fingertips. When I bite I have to tug a bit to get the fruit to separate, but when it does, oh yum. Dry, yet sweet, and it turns all pulpy on my tongue. Mmm, yum.
What is your yum, my friends? Fruit, or nuts, or tacos, or lasagna? Maybe your yum isn't something you consume with your mouth, but you consume with your ears? Or your nose? There's this one kind of candle that, when I light it, the smell makes me sit down to just breathe. Just breathe, and breathe, and I'm happy.
I wish you happiness, in whatever form you love, too.
Here's the calendar, let me know if there's anything on it that makes you go, "Ooo..."
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