Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions

Still Quiet Place coverTeaching kids stress management skills early in life will help them to grow into happy and healthy adults. And if you work with children or adolescents, you know that kids today need these skills more than ever. The pressures they face in the classroom, on the playground, in their extracurricular activities, and at home can sometimes be overwhelming. So how can you help lay the groundwork for their success?
A Still Quiet Place presents an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program that therapists, teachers, and other professionals can use to help children and adolescents manage stress and anxiety in their lives, and develop their natural capacities for emotional fluency, respectful communication, and compassionate action. The program detailed in this book is based on author Amy Saltzman’s original curriculum, which has helped countless children and adolescents achieve significant improvements in attention and reduced anxiety.

One of the easiest ways to find the still quiet place within is to practice mindfulness—paying attention to your life experience here and now with kindness and curiosity. The easy-to-implement mindfulness practices in this guide are designed to help increase children and adolescents’ attention, learning, resiliency, and compassion by showing them how to experience the natural quietness that can be found within.
The still quiet place is a place of peace and happiness that is alive inside all of us, and you can find it just by closing your eyes and breathing.

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Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Teens CD

Mindfulness for Teens CD

Sometimes being a teenager sucks. You are juggling schoolwork, friendships, and other interests. You get endless messages everyday- instant messages from your friends, and repeated messages from your family, teachers, television and advertising about who you could and should be. Sometimes you just need a place to chill, and just be yourself.

 

The Still Quiet Place can be that place. It is a place of power and peace inside you. The best thing about the Still Quiet Place is that is always with you- when you are taking a test, playing sports, hanging with friends, performing on stage, arguing with your parents, listening to music, when you are feeling heartbroken, happy, angry, afraid, bored, stupid.

 

One of the best ways to access the Still Quiet Place is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is paying attention here and now with kindness and curiosity. Thirty years of scientific research has demonstrated, that practicing Mindfulness offers relief from the worries, fears, sadness, loneliness, jealousy, self-doubt, and anger we all experience. So often we look outside ourselves for relief from the stresses of daily life – we think that we will be happy if we get good grades, date that certain someone, make the track team, get the lead in the play, or if our parents would just leave us alone…. Sometimes when those things don’t work we look for relief in drugs or sex or self harming behaviors.

 

The secret is that real relief is always available inside of you. You don’t have to go anywhere or do anything, or be any different than you are right now. Don’t believe me, give it a try and find out for yourself. Experiment- for the next 10 days listen to a one track each day and see if you feel less stressed and happier. Feel free to email me with any comments or questions.

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Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Children CD

SQP - Mindfulnes for Young Children CD coverChildren: (to be read out loud) The “Still Quiet Place” is a special place inside of you that you can visit anytime. It is especially helpful to visit if you are feeling angry, sad, afraid, or upset. Let’s go there now….Take a slow deep breath. Close your eyes and feel a warm easy smile in your body…. Do you feel it? (If not no worries) Your Still Quiet Place is always inside of you and with practice you can learn to find it just by taking some slow easy breaths.

 

Adults: Mindfulness is a process of developing moment to moment awareness which has been proven to reduce stress. Research indicates that reducing children’s stress enhances their physical health, social relations, academic abilities, and most importantly their sense of well-being

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