Hello! If you've asked your child about music class at Monaco lately, they probably have mentioned our Mindfulness Practice. If not, you should ask them! Mindfulness has transformed my personal and professional life and I am happy to share a little bit of the practice at the beginning of each music lesson for children to enjoy the benefits of increased focus, attention, and calm.
What is mindfulness?
In my music classroom, we train our minds to rest on the present moment so that we can allow the best music to come from within our silent bodies. Although many religions practice mindful meditation, this secular practice is different in the way that it does not honor any specific deity or dogma, but simply involves paying attention to certain stimuli and disregarding others. It is my sincere belief that fostering a mindful practice benefits us, not only as musicians, but as healthy humans.
Practicing mindfulness has benefits to both your psychological health and physical health.
Psychological benefits include:
Mindfulness for Children-www.nytimes.com/guides/well/mindfulness-for-children
Free Guided Meditations- https://annakaharris.com/mindfulness-for-children/
A Spider Man meditation!- http://kidsrelaxation.com/uncategorized/spider-man-practicing-mindfulness-and-increasing-focus/
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns!