November 30, 2016 | Leave a comment ”Process and processing” online video program is available now on http://a-parent-and-child.teachable.com Below You can find the description of the sessions: A Tree. During the session entitled “A Tree” children will have the opportunity to creatively express themselves in a new way relating to nature. This mindfulness exercise effectively allows children to witness their own thoughts and emotions, without giving those thoughts too much attention. Children can observe how they feel in the moment within a fully comfortable and supportive environment. Participants will be asked to draw themselves as though they were a tree. Just like leaves are attached to a tree, our minds are attached to our body. The body is kept stable through our thoughts and emotions. One of the goals of “A Tree” is for children to learn the importance of the connection between their thoughts, emotions and body. Participants will also begin to understand more about their own inherent strengths. Discovering emotions through colors. Everyone experiences both positive and negative emotions, but it isn’t always possible to differentiate between them. This directive involves colors to allow children to learn to express their emotions in an entirely new way. Children discover how different colors feel to them and which colors evoke different emotions. Through the artmaking process, children learn it is possible to express emotions through colors. The process of painting allows them to process the emotions in a supportive and safe way. During “Learning One’s Own Emotions and Thoughts Through Colors” participants will have the opportunity to discover their own personal stressors and learn how to connect those stressors to their emotions. The goal is to learn to safely process emotions. Discovering what makes You You. During this session, children have the opportunity to draw themselves and discover more about themselves in the process. The discussion revolving around this directive focuses on how everyone has certain uncertainties growing up. This could be everything from uncertainties about our goals and career choices to friendships, moral values and group loyalties. During these moments, there are always moments where we question ourselves. The goal of this directive is for participants to discover their unique characteristics and traits. The end result is a significant boost in self-awareness. They also have the opportunity through this group process, to learn that they share commonalities with their peers. Riding the wave. During the session entitled “The Wave” children will be asked to visualize a wave at the beach. That same wave can reflect our lives and the way we experience challenges. “Can we remain balanced and centered even when we are surfing on waves?” As participants listen to gentle music that sounds like the ocean waves, they will be asked to visualize the various attributes of a wave including its size, speed, color and strength. Children will be asked to reflect on how they feel while visualizing this wave. The lesson in this exercise is that it is possible to learn to surf any waves one encounters while still staying balanced. As children become mindful of their emotions they can notice them arise, shifting and then passing away. Two sides of the bridge. Everyone lives in their present moment and yet constantly builds plans for the future. During this session, we address the present and the future. This transformational activity includes having children create their own personal version of their bridge through mindful painting. This bridge represents the space between current and future plans. Questions that are addressed during “The Bridge” include, “How can we successfully achieve future plans and how can we properly prepare for the future? The successful outcome of the bridge is that children will begin to express how they see their future. They will also gain insights into how they perceive their future plans.