The essence of mindfulness is attention and clear awareness.
By practicing being awake and present in your life as it is now. Without immediately unleashing opinions about it such as ‘worthless’, ‘cool’ or ‘this will never work’. Looking curiously at, and observing the inner world. What’s happening? Doing this, children quickly notice that thoughts of failure or worrying and negative thoughts are just thoughts. Not facts. They’re there, hang around for a while, and then dissolve again.
Method Eline Snel is a mindfulness training.
This eight-week to ten-week mindfulness training Method Eline Snel is meant for children and adolescents aged from 4 to 19. During the training, an average of one hour per week, children learn to stabilise, focus and shift their attention using a kind, attentive attitude. They become familiar with their inner-world, without having to make any immediate judgements about what they (or others) think, feel or experience. They learn to deal with calm and turmoil when these present themselves. And to acknowledge ‘troublesome thoughts and feelings’ without burying them away, or getting carried away by them, but by simply giving them some kind attention. And above all: they learn to be kind, to themselves and others.
For children from 5 to 12 years of age…
A peaceful mind is created by teaching children at a young age to calm their attention, to stabilise and to focus. An ‘un-stressed’ mind learns better, finds different solutions for the same problems and reacts less impulsively from automatic pilot. More aware and from a place of calm. And that really makes a difference.
…and for adolescents from 13 to 19 years of age
Adolescents often come to the training because they suffer from depression, a head full of worries about school performance or something else, lack of self-confidence, fear of not belonging and sleep problems. In this training they learn to ‘surf’ the waves of life. With the ‘Sitting Still’ app, they can easily practice at home.
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