Interview with Dr. Christopher Willard, #MKPS2019, Day 3
Day 3 of the #MindfulKidsPeaceSummit is here! The theme today is Mindfulness Matters: Tools to De-stress and Cope with Emotions (including yoga, meditation, breathing, and positivity).
The online international Mindful Kids Peace Summit was created by teen Adam Avin for other teens, to be shown in schools across the world as part of the annual curriculum. It focuses on mental health & stopping violence. 50+ experts speak about diversity, inclusion, communication, kindness, anti bullying, peace, mindfulness, positivity, social emotional learning, emotional intelligence, coping with stress, coping with emotions, coping with trauma, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-compassion, positive psychology, interaction with others, & so much more. For more information about the #MindfulKidsPeaceSummit, Wuf Shanti, Kids Association for Mindfulness in Education and/or MindBe-Education, please visit https://www.mindfulkidspeacesummit.com/first-page, www.facebook.com/wufshanti, http://www.mindfuleducation.org/kame/ and www.facebook.com/mindbe-education.
Now I’m interviewing Dr. Christopher Willard, and this is awesome because he’s a true mindfulness expert, President of Mindfulness in Education Network, has written lots of books for kids and teens on the subject, and is on my Board of Advisors. The internet connection was a little choppy, but it is still worth watching because he gives some alternative mindful practices to breathing.
“#Mindfulness can help us be more resilient in the face of big traumas or stresses, a healthier way of coping with big stresses, which is a way of life, & learning how to deal with that, is so important.”
“There are ways of practicing mindfulness that don’t have to be about breathing. That’s why sound is a cool alternative. Listening to the guitar or drum sound in your favorite song can help focus and calm the brain.”
“If you’re out to dinner, and even one person has their phone out on the table, it reduces conversation by 30%. Keep it in your bag or a drawer so it doesn’t tempt you.”
To hear what else he has to say and register for the summit: https://www.mindfulkidspeacesummit.com/first-page