4.1 Into Action: Group Activities
Markers or Watercolours
A simple activity that uses artistic expression and creativity to help bring one’s focus to the breath.
Taking the time to link your mind with the movement of your breath is an important first step to building a meaningful mindfulness practice. By bringing an intentional focus to the breath, we begin to understand that it is the bridge that unites our body to our thoughts. Whenever our mind becomes scattered we can use our breath as the means to take hold of the mind!
Before beginning, make sure each student has paper and coloring pencils. Start by leading the students in ‘TAKE FIVE’. Instruct them to pay attention to the breath as it enters and leaves the body. Once you’ve completed the breathing practice, ask students to perform a short physical activity with the intention to increase their heart rates, such as running in place for 30 seconds or 20 jumping jacks. After 30 seconds, ask the students to focus on the rhythm of their breath, and have them use the paper and pencils to create a visual representation of their experience.
Once the activity is complete, gather in a circle and have each student present their drawing to the group. Begin the conversation with the following prompt:
What surprised you about your drawing?
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