We ended the year by asking the children to vote what mindful lesson was their favorite . Body Scan was the winner. We started our last day of OT with a guided body scan . Cloths were offered to cover their eyes which most used. When asked what they liked about body scan all said they felt relaxed and liked my voice. This is an excellent practice before bed as well.
Today the older group participated in the body scan lesson. They were eager and I was cameraless ;- ( . The children were able to 'throw' ( boys use such interesting words) their attention to the bottom of their feet and we shared what they noticed. I told them we were going to take a trip, and guided them from head to toe and back as slowly as their attention allowed. They did remarkably well! I asked them to keep their eyes closed and stay in their mindful still bodies. I watched as I guided them and could see visible changes come across their faces, a relaxing of shoulders & facial muscles and many small smiles. I was a bit surprised by their smiles and clear relaxation after this first lesson. The children shared many things from feelings & sensations of warmth, tingles, cold, heavy, very light, tightness etc. Several said they felt like their hands/legs 'wanted to move'. They liked when I asked about their bottoms on the chair and were surprised that they could notice the chair. All consistently said when we got to their eyes that it was different- 'big in there', ' different than any other place on their body' , 'weird' ( but not unpleasant). All said they were very relaxed at the end. Some said they felt like they woke up from a nap but never fell asleep. We talked about how this might help them fall asleep because many have shared they struggle at night settling down. Two liked it better than focussing on the breath for falling asleep at night.
After they completed their notebook page we went to the Emwave room. We listed our strategies or 'anchors' we have already learned. They settled in and sat for 8 minutes!