Flow and Grow Kids Yoga family,
As the founder of F&G, as well as a yogi and mindfulness practitioner and proponent, I try to hold myself accountable. Taking a few moments to integrate yoga and mindfulness practices into my daily life has made it qualitatively better. The following is a short excerpt from my mindfulness diary for you to learn about a practice we do in my house called The 5 Breath Space Maker.
“Dear Mindfulness Diary,
I am done walking the dog. I took off her leash. Put my wallet and keys in the bucket by the door. Removed my baby wearing coat and the Moby baby carrier, and put the baby down. I took off my headphones. I stopped the podcast titled, “Grownups Read Stuff They Wrote as Kids,” and put down my phone. I decided to use my attention to mark that one thing was ending and another was about to begin. I mentally noted the end of the walk, breathing steadily, and took a moment to notice I was grateful for the walk. I felt a wave of peace come over my body as I slowed down to say goodbye to one thing before starting another. There was a small moment in between. That space… that was mindfulness at work.
My husband told me the 5 Breath Space Maker has been improving his mood as well. When I remember to practice the space maker myself, I feel lighter. The stress rolls off. Thank you, mindfulness practices for helping my family and me.”
How to Practice The 5 Breath Space Maker
- Upon completing one activity, take a moment to close it out.
- Put away objects relating to the activity you completed.
- Mentally be done with the activity by noting to yourself, “I am done.” Or “This is complete.”
- Take 5 slow, smooth, deep breaths. This is the space maker.
- Express gratitude for the previous activity, mentally or by speaking aloud. (If you are with your child or if anyone is listening, speaking is a way to model gratitude!)
- Mentally note the next activity is going to begin shortly.
- Notice how you feel.