|Sometimes being a teenager sucks,
and you need a place of your own,
where you can kick back, chill, and
just be yourself. The Still Quiet Place
can be that place; it is a source
of power and peace that is always
inside you– when you are taking a
test, listening to music, arguing with
your parents, or laughing with your friends.
|Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Teens|
|You can find the Still Quiet Place by just closing your eyes and taking a few slow deep breaths.
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In just a few moments you have learned to watch the breath come and go. With a bit of practice you can learn to rest in the Still Quiet Place and watch your thoughts and feelings come and go, just like the breath.
Over 25 years of research have proven that practicing mindfulness (watching our thoughts and feelings come and go) offers relief from the worries, heartbreak, jealousy, self-doubt, and anger we all experience.
Often we look outside ourselves for comfort – we think that we will be happy if we get good grades, date that certain someone, make the track team, get the lead role in a play, or if our parents would just leave us alone. Sometimes when that doesn’t work we look for relief in drugs or sex or self-harming behaviors.
The secret is true relief is always available inside of you, in the Still Quiet Place. You don’t have to go anywhere or do anything, or be any different than you are right now.
Still quiet place has given me a lot of stress relief. I use mindfulness when I’m upset or stressed out. Mindfulness Rocks!
Resting in the Still Quiet Place is very relaxing. It helps you get in touch with your inner self. And find out how you are actually feeling.
Mindfulness is a class I am taking at school. It is a time when we breathe and think about our thoughts, about NOW, not the past or the future. When we settle in breathing we go to our “still quiet place.” It feels calming in the “still quiet place.” I use mindfulness when I am nervous about something.
Dr. Amy is available in person, and via the web, to offer introductory presentations, workshops, and 8 week courses to teens in schools, after school programs, and community settings (including sports teams, performing arts, service-learning, faith-based and other youth groups).