“During mindfulness sessions … the children lie on the floor wherever they wish.
I ask them to slowly relax and tune into their breathing.
I ask them to imagine a cute, cuddly puppy coming into the room.
I tell them that when they have wild and crazy energy, the puppy will get wild and
I ask them to relax enough that the puppy would come onto their laps.
They imagine the puppy’s soft fur and gentle breathing that we can feel in the puppy’s
I tell them that like their minds, the puppy will wander off, and when they notice the
puppy off their laps, to gently bring him back with lots of love and compassion.
Finally, I say that the puppy might turn into an animal that they know, an animal they
love, or a forest creature, and encourage them to just bring the softness of the
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