1×1 weekly virtual video calls. Providing personalized tools and resources to empower children and teens to be leaders of their own life taking responsibility. Together, we focus on building their emotional intelligence, goal setting and support for those difficult times children can face as they are growing up.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness means to deliberately pay attention to whatever you are doing, right now. These pages can be read mindfully or with a mind not fully focussed and aware that you are reading an article. Everything except sleep can be done mindfully. We can eat mindfully or we can think about past or future event without paying attention to our eating. How does it work? While most of what we achieve is by “doing”, mindfulness achieves its ends by “not doing,” simply by observing. It seems to achieve its success by allowing us to see our thoughts and emotions for what they are, thoughts we are having at the moment and emotions we are experiencing. Thoughts like “I must be stupid” are subtle and we generally believe them uncritically. By being mindful of our thoughts we gradually get the idea that the are just thoughts that we are having and there is no need to believe them uncritically. Similarly with a feeling like “anger” we start to realize that it is a feeling that is currently strong within us but no more than that, we currently have anger, but it doesn’t define us and it will pass. We stop identifying with the thoughts and emotions. Our mind ceases to be in the control of strong feelings and thoughts and slowly comes under our own control.
All online mentoring includes one hour sessions, check ins with the parents, and individualized goal setting beginning of each session. We focus on learning our self-worth, self-discovery, and self-awareness.
A typical session goes as follows; review of what we will do that session, a quick “how are you feeling” check in, transition breathing exercise, instructional discussion, mindfulness activity, “how are you feeling” reflection, gratitude sharing.