The excitement of Christmas has really started this week for the children. Hitting December means that they have the amazing job of opening their advent calendars each day.
Because Noah is on my overcoming MS diet, as a preventative measure, he doesn’t eat chocolate. Thankfully online advent calendars have made a huge difference, where chocolate used to be the main attraction, amazing graphics have now swept in to keep their attention.
When I started to think about advent calendars I realised that perhaps they are the perfect mindfulness tool for children.
Rather than being fixated on an event that is a month away the calendar provides a tool to keep them in the moment, on the present day, in the present time. The calendar uses the surprise behind each door to keep them enthralled. It doesn’t matter whether it is chocolate, an old fashioned picture or a moving image, children have a delightful interest in what they are going to find.
Being inquisitive is one of the best ways to be mindful. Being interested means that you are barely aware of other worries, your mind wants to stay exactly where it is to find out more. When you are present in the moment you are so much more likely to enjoy yourself and to be happy. Amazing.
We can learn a lot from the approach that children take. It might not be a calendar that keeps you in the present, it might be a few pages of your favourite book, it might be drawing a sketch, it might be doing a meditation. Finding something that you are really interested in for a period each day is the secret to being mindful in your life.
Come on a Revitalise day to see how an interest in your own mind and body is the perfect portable mindfulness tool. Some simple exercises could make all the difference to how you feel every day.