“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” — E. O. Wilson
Consciously noticing the world around you through what you see, hear or feel through touch, can help bring you back to the present.
Sand can be a helpful tool for practicing mindfulness in a few different ways:
Sensory Experience: The texture and feel of sand can be a useful sensory experience to focus on during mindfulness practice. Paying attention to the sensation of the sand slipping through your fingers, the temperature, and the texture can help bring you into the present moment and focus your attention on the present.
Mindful Movement: Raking or shaping sand can be a meditative and relaxing activity. Focusing on the repetitive movement of raking or shaping the sand can help quiet the mind and bring a sense of calm and focus.
Creativity: Sand can be used as a creative outlet for mindfulness practice. Creating patterns, designs, or even small sculptures in the sand can be a fun and engaging way to practice mindfulness, while also encouraging creative expression.
These are simple mindful activities that you and your family can practice together when visiting the beach next time, or at home using your imagination or playing with moon sand or kinetic sand.
Research shows that practicing mindfulness with children supports increased focus, decreased stress and anxiety, and positive prosocial behavior. It can also be a great way to connect with your child and find a moment of tranquility together in an otherwise hectic day.
Everyday is a good day to be present and create joyful moments to be cherished for a lifetime together. Happy connecting!
With love and gratitude,
𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙟𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙛𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙙, 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙, 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙛𝙪𝙡 , 𝙙𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙡𝙮𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩