Family Meditation: Butterfly Thoughts @ Westbank
Join Elizabeth Hoisington as she teaches our families to practice mindfulness through a series of fun exercises. Each week a different mindfulness and meditation exercise will be introduced that you and your family can do at home.
June 5th: Butterfly Thoughts - Are your thoughts like butterflies, constantly fluttering through the garden? Our thoughts can be like an untrained puppy dog that keeps running off. Learning how to refocus our thoughts takes training. Join us for some mindfulness exercises followed with making a sweet wool roving butterfly to represents your thoughts.
We know practicing meditation is good for us. It allows us to be present in our lives, choosing a skillful response, instead of succumbing to our reactions. Meditation is also good for our children. There is an emerging body of research that indicates mindfulness can help children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions. In short, it helps with emotional regulation and cognitive focus.
Recommended for ages 5 and up with their caregiver.
June 13: Mindful Fox (Mask Making)
June 20: Mindful Eating (Raisins)
June 27: The Big Om (Sound)
July 4th: Library Closed
July 11th: Riding the Waves (Origami Paper Boats)
July 18th: Mandala (Quiet Focus Drawing)
July 25: Cloud Meditation (Mindful Breathing)
Elizabeth is a meditation facilitator, dedicated to assisting people in the journey of mindfulness. She has practiced meditation for the past 17 years, facilitates a weekly mindfulness meditation at the Westbank Library, Mindful Eating Workshops at the YMCA, in addition to yearly Children's Mindfulness Programs in local Austin. Some former clients include The Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Freescale, Central Health, and various health facilities.