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Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way:
in the present moment,
and without judgment” (Jon Kabat-Zinn).
Much of our stress and pain comes from being pulled away from the present moment. We are distracted with regrets about the past, worries about the future, and judgments about the present. Mindfulness is all about encouraging awareness of oneself in the present moment, without judgment. Practicing mindfulness can help to improve our social and emotional well-being, and contribute to the ability to manage difficult or stressful situations.
Up to now, most mindfulness programs have been for adults. However, the benefits of mindfulness for children and youth are now being recognized. Mindfulness can be practiced in many different ways, and can be done at almost any time.
Check out our mindfulness audio recordings here.
The video below provides an overview of mindfulness, and benefits from a youth perspective (note, in addition to English, this video is available in Farsi, French, Korean, Punjabi , Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese).