Ask students to think about what the word “mindful” means. Then tell students that mindful means to live in the moment or to pay attention to what is happening right now. Next, ask students what they think “mindful movement” means. Discuss if mindful means to pay attention to what is happening right now, and movement means to move your body or walk, then what does it mean when we put the two words together? Next, talk about the word “stillness.” Ask students if they have ever heard of that word before. Explain that it means being still or not moving your body. Then talk about how today they will learn how to move mindfully as well as be still.
This lesson will help students make a connection between their emotions, thoughts, and body sensations and help them learn that moving mindfully and being still can help them regulate their emotions. For this lesson, students will be able to move mindfully as well as understand the difference between mindful walking and stillness.
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