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Mindfulness: A Way to Be With Young Children

While there are many forms of meditation that are wonderful mindfulness practices, there are also lots of other ways to practice too, even simple things you can easily weave into regular daily activities.

By Maria Gehl, Project Director

There is a growing interest in our society to find relief from the fast pace and anxiety of life that has led many to turn to the ancient practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is intentionally bringing our attention to what’s happening in the present moment with acceptance and openness. It means being curious and not judging whatever is happening. Showing up in this way leads us to authentic and attuned connection with ourselves and with others. This kind of thoughtful presence is especially important for interactions with very young children, which is why I am excited that ZERO TO THREE and other early childhood organizations are exploring and integrating mindfulness practices in new and expansive ways.

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