Why Mindfulness is so needed for today’s child. Imagine a world where each child has higher self-esteem, greater resilience, deeper compassion and the ability to self-regulate their emotions. Sadly this is not the world that we currently live in, and as well as the majority of children who generally find it difficult to focus, follow direction and hold attention, 10% of school children have a diagnosable mental illness. In an average class of 30 young people, three will have a mental health problem.

Three in four mental illnesses start in childhood 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life take root before the age of 15.

Finding solutions to preventing this epidemic = early intervention It should be the right of each child to get to know that their thoughts aren’t facts and that their emotions and behaviours are not an indicator of who they really are. It is their right, as it is ours, to understand our parental conditioning and see that we might display ancestral traits and emotional behaviours that do not serve us and that the wonderful news is we can indeed do something about it.

A growing body of scientific research shows that mindfulness allows us to:

Understand thoughts and emotions as the fleeting, impermanent nature of mind,

Develop a greater awareness of ourselves and others

Enhance natural well-being and attention

Build resilience, compassion, trust and empathy

Reduce stress and anxiety and have positive effects on mental health

“It’s so much more friendly with two” A.A. Milne As a mother to a 5-year old I know how hard it is to stay mindful in the heat of the moment, we need to have tools at hand and a deep understanding of what makes us human and the ability to see the juiciness of the firey situations, as this is where our training ground is, the things that push our buttons are what we might need to take a deeper look at in our own lives. Daily meditation practice is proven to enhance the ability to think more clearly so as to not negatively react to situations as they arise and 2gether Mindful is a chance for both parent and child to learn to do this, together. Learn to meditate together, learn about the true nature of our thoughts and emotions together, learn to recognise the present moment together and learn how to integrate mindfulness into daily life, together. In doing this together both will be able to look out for the other and remind each other how to be more mindful as the tricky situations arise.

The class will take place in Fishponds, Bristol,

You can find it on Move GB www.movegb.com/venue/9360 or come for one free taster session then block book for 6 classes and pay just £40 for 2 (parent and child) and £57 for 3 (parent and 2 children)

To book or for more info: email katepenningkp@gmail.com or call 07989562926 you are also welcome to turn up on the day and thank you for bringing the correct money.