#mindfulness #heart #soul #mind

51sL7gGaQFL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_My day job, as previously mentioned, is as a school-based therapist at a school for kids with special needs.

In addition to meeting with kids for individual therapy, I run between three and five group therapy sessions each week.  We – by which I mean myself and the other school social workers on my team – like to pick a theme for each month month of the year.  I think this helps us to be focused and intentional in our work; group therapy with kids is very different from group therapy with adults, which is generally (though not always) a little more open.

This month, during our school’s summer session, we are talking about mindfulness; mindfulness is the art of focusing one’s attention on the present moment in an intentional and accepting way.  For our first week of groups, we read a wonderful children’s book – Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda – to help the students understand what mindfulness is and how it can be a happiness booster.

Talking about mindfulness with my students helps me to be mindful, too.  I have a lot of not-mindful tendencies.  Playing on my phone.  Doing two things at once.  Angsting about the future.  I am hoping that this month of focusing on mindfulness with my clients will help me to be more mindful myself.

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