12 Minute Meditation: Check in With Your Whole Self

Ashely Williams leads a guided practice to check in with your mind, body, heart, energy, and emotions.

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Based on research and self-reporting from many sixth and seventh grade students, there’s a lack of motivation and self-esteem in the classroom due to poor relationships and motivation from teachers, their peers, and their environments. This practice is one that I do with my students to help us check in with our minds, our bodies, our hearts, our energy, and our emotions.

You may want to do this practice during transitional periods throughout the day like in the morning or bedtime, at the beginning or end of classes, or before or after test taking. After the guided practice, I like to provide time for reflection, inviting students to express what is present through an open dialogue, circle check-in, or writing.

Practice Full-Body Mindfulness

12 Minute Meditation: Check in With Your Whole Self with Ashley Williams

When you’re ready, find a comfortable position that works for you in this moment.  As you settle in, invite yourself to take a look around your environment. Noticing colors. Noticing shapes. Noticing sounds. Take a breath in and notice smells.  Then find a soft gaze on a focal point or allow yourself to close your eyes. Take a few mindful breaths in and out. We’ll take…