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Planting Seeds

Practicing Mindfulness with Children
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Book + CD Set
Parallax Press
April, 2011
$43.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children is the fruit of decades of development and innovation in the Plum Village community’s collective practice with children. Based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s thirty years of teaching mindfulness and compassion to parents, teachers, and children, the book and enclosed CD covers a wide range of contemplative and fun activities parents and educators can do with their children or students. They are designed to help relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude and confidence, deal with difficult emotions, touch our interconnection with nature, and improve communication.

Planting Seeds offers insight, concrete activities, and curricula that parents and educators can apply in school settings, in their local communities or at home, in a way that is meaningful and inviting to children. The key practices presented include mindful breathing and walking, inviting the bell, pebble meditation, the Two Promises or ethical guidelines for children, children’s versions of Touching the Earth and Deep Relaxation, eating meditation and dealing with conflict and strong emotions. Also included are the lyrics to the songs on the enclosed CD that summarize and reinforce the key teachings, as well as a chapter on dealing effectively with conflict in the classroom or difficult group.

“Saturated with a deep respect and sensitivity for children and families, a veritable cornucopia of ideas, exercises, activities and resources for anyone interested in mindfulness in education or in parenting… Practical ways to nurture a foundation in mindfulness and heartfulness in children and those who care for them.” —Jon & Myla Kabat-Zinn, coauthors of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting

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Accompanying CD-ROM includes songs and easy-to-follow practices.

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