An introductory lesson persuades young people that mindfulness is worth learning about by making it relevant to their lives.
1. Playing Attention
Lesson One introduces students to this thing we call our “attention” which, like a puppy, needs to be trained.
2. Taming the Animal Mind
Lesson Two explores different mind states and teaches that ‘anchoring’ attention in the body, alongside the cultivation of curiosity and kindness, can be calming and nourishing.
3. Recognising Worry
Lesson Three explains the tricks our mind plays that lead to stress and anxiety, and gives us techniques to deal with them.
4. Being Here Now
Lesson Four comes to the heart of mindfulness and teaches us how to respond, rather than react, to whatever happens in our lives.
5. Moving Mindfully
Lesson Five shows us that mindfulness is not just something we do sitting or lying down. It also looks at high performance in sport.
6. Stepping Back
Lesson Six offers us a new way of relating to our thoughts. We don’t have to let them carry us away to places we’d rather not be.
7. Befriending the Difficult
Lesson Seven deals with the greatest challenge of all: dealing with difficult emotions.
8. Taking in the Good
Lesson Eight focuses on gratitude and the ‘heartfulness’ of taking in & savouring what is ‘good’ in life.
9. Putting it all together
Lesson Nine consolidates the key techniques from .b and inspires students to use what they have learned in the future.