News

Mindfulness as a Tool in Uncertain Times


The COVID-19 Pandemic is creating stress on many levels. Several families with young children are trying to figure out how to balance the demands of working and parenting/homeschooling from home, all while physically isolated from the peers and support circles we typically lean on. In addition, information is flying around at a rapid pace these days, and if you are feeling overwhelmed by all of this – please know that you are NOT ALONE. While we cannot control everything in our environments, especially right now, we can address our stress levels to help us regain a sense of balance.

At Building Bright Futures, our team regularly practices mindfulness and we start every staff meeting with a short guided meditation. Our mindfulness practice helps us get grounded before we begin our conversations, it reminds us to be present, and it keeps us focused on the tasks at hand. Daily mindfulness breaks are proving to be ever-so-important for our team right now, and we’d like to share a guided meditation (recently used to open a BBF State Advisory Meeting) with you to help you tap into your mind body connection and take a break from the stress, fears, or worries you might be experiencing.

Click Here to Listen or follow this guided meditation script:

Sit in a comfortable position – close your eyes if possible – find your breath.

Let your thoughts come and let them go…imagine them floating away.

Come back to your breath. It is deep? Is it shallow?

Notice the rise and fall of the breath within your body that occurs with every breath.

Try to elongate your breath – Take in an audible breath in through the nose for a count of 4, and release it out through the mouth for 4….repeat this a few times.

Do a quick body scan. Are you holding any tension in your body? Maybe your neck or back? Send breath to that area, noticing if the tension releases.

Let your thoughts come and go…come back to your breath.

Now shifting to the present moment, repeat this manta in your head.

“May I be happy, may I be present, may I be peaceful.”

Then, when you are ready, switch to:

“May you be happy, may you be present, may you be peaceful.”

Lastly make the shift to:

“May all beings be happy, may all beings be present, may all beings be peaceful.”

Let us end with a quote, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Now Smile – and open your eyes.

(meditation adapted from https://40aprons.com/5-minute-meditation-for-holiday-stress/)

Make time to center your mind and body as we navigate the days and weeks ahead together. These are trying times. It’s reasonable to feel stressed right now. We are all feeling it. Remember, it’s ok to take a break when you feel overwhelmed. You may consider practicing mindfulness daily, perhaps add it to your calendar or set reminders so you don’t forget. The more you practice, the easier it will become to tap into a sense of well-being and calm. As you become more comfortable, try to practice mindfulness breaks with your family, friends, and co-workers. Invite others to lead so that everyone shares the benefits (kids will love this!)

Be kind to yourself. Balance can be found by being present.

Below are a few additional free mindfulness resources:

https://chopra.com/articles/guided-meditations

SFP 97: Mindfulness for Kids [with Jessica from Lily Pad Yoga]

https://learning.mindful.org/p/daily-mindfulness-free

Similar Blog

Blog

May 24, 2022

My journey to an Early Intervention evaluation

Recently, my 9-month-old was referred for an Early Intervention evaluation. My rational brain is grateful for the opportunity to include an early interventionist on his support team alongside his teachers, my partner, and me, and as someone working in the early childhood system, I know that this is what he needs to be successful. My […]

Read More

Blog

May 16, 2022

You’re Invited: Celebration at Pico Mountain on Sat., June 18, 2022

When: Sat., June 18, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Pico Ski Clubhouse, 73 Alpine Drive, Rutland, VT What: Celebration event with prizes, raffles, refreshments, and outdoor games Who: All are welcome, including families with kids of all ages Questions? Contact Morgan Crossman, mcrossman@buildingbrightfutures.org Join us for a celebration of Randy Crossman’s 365th summit of […]

Read More

Blog

May 13, 2022

ECSA Governance Options Survey Results

Guest blog by Elliot Regenstein, Foresight Law and Policy and Nasha Patel, Watershed Advisors As part of the Vermont Child Care and Early Childhood Education Systems Analysis, Building Bright Futures supported Foresight Law and Policy & Watershed Advisors in disseminating a survey for stakeholders to indicate their preferred governance option moving forward. The options included: […]

Read More

Stay up to date on News + Events.

Please check your email for a confirmation email.