4.1 Into Action: Group Activities

Color Your Breath

Tip

The simple use of the breath returns us to the present moment, over and over again.

Core Competencies 
Self-Awareness

Materials
Paper
Coloured Pencils
Markers or Watercolours

Time
10 Minutes

SELF-MANAGEMENT

A simple activity that uses artistic expression and creativity to help bring one’s focus to the breath.

SELF-MANAGEMENT

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.

SELF-MANAGEMENT

Before beginning, make sure each participant 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 participants 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 using the suggested dialogue prompt:

DIALOGUE PROMPT:

  • What surprised you about your drawing?

DIVE DEEPER:

  • You may also ask students to place their drawings in the center of the circle and share what similarities and/or differences they notice between all of their works of art.

More Activities From This Unit

4.1 – COLOR YOUR BREATH

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4.2 – THE TASTE OF OPEN MINDEDNESS

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4.3 – SOUND CHECK

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4.4 – HEROES IN OUR MIDST

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4.5 – Trust Me

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4.6 – TEN FINGERS OF GRATITUDE

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4.7 – A COLLECTIVE STORY

rethink: collaboration

4.8 – THE REAL ME TREE

rethink: human potential

4.9 – Express Yourself

rethink: creativity

4.10 – One-Minute Pitch

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