by Mark Pearson
This book presents a range of accessible personal development exercises for children and adolescents that introduce the skills of relaxation, visualization and meditation.
- How can we support children in their personal development?
- How can we help them find self-esteem, poise and inner peace?
- How can we help them let go of stress and agitation?
This book presents a range of accessible personal development exercises for children and adolescents that introduce the skills of relaxation, visualization and meditation. The exercises are clear and practical, and help primary and secondary students understand their inner world.
There are step-by-step guidelines for planning, presenting and integrating inner life skills programs in groupwork. In the chapter 'Building Bridges Through Play', family and group communication games are introduced.
Emotional Healing & Self-Esteem focuses on inner-life skills components of Emotional Release for Children (ERC). Inner-life skills allow greater self-understanding, self-awareness, self-expression and self-help. This will lead to a more balanced emotional outlook, a sense of self-worth and an improved ability to focus on learning tasks and developing positive relationships.
Through these exercises students gain new-found creativity, a language to articulate their feelings, and skills for attaining a calm and balanced outlook.
8 1/2 X 11, soft bound
- A new view of the landscape
- Introducing inner life skills
- Code of respect
- Acknowledging the silent ground
- Using inner life exercises
- Basic principles
- The place if emotional release work
- Inner life skills in school programs
- Difficulties with quiet inner focus
- A practical guide for presenters
- Begin with your personal practice
- Planning inner life skills work
- Recommended age ranges for exercises
- Adapting exercises for different age group
- Practicalities for presenters
- The value of integration
- Group work
- Feeling the warmth of the sun
- Overview of method
- Practising freedom, grace and beauty
- Emotional and physical release as preparation
- Slow-motion movement
- Walking meditations
- Journey to the center of the Earth
- Quiet meditations
- Some basic stages
- Evoking the witness state
- Earthing exercises
- Cultivating creative seeds
- A language for the inner world
- Reclaiming a lost world
- Focus on self-esteem: developing hope and inner strength
- Attending to each moment of life
- Caring for your inner life
- The link between meditation and daily life
- Building bridges through play
- Improving family and group comminication
- General activities and exercises
- Personal development for parents
A FERN IN THE FOREST
- Appendix 1: Gestalt role-play question sheet
- Appendix 2: Some cross-cultural source Follow-up, support and on-going spiritual direction
- Appendix 3: Music
- Appendix 4: Four Element Sheets
- Index of exercises
- General index
Have drawing books and materials ready
Have soft, relaxing music in the background (see page 154)
- Ask children to stand and:
- close their eyes (if they are comfortable with that)
- become still
- take a few big breaths and sighs.
- Invite them to imagine the scene following and act out the story
- Imagine you are a young fern, still unfolding, still growing, still uncurling. It is bright new morning. There are patches of sunshine, patches of shade.
- See the clearing around you. See the grass, the trees, the colours, the shapes. Hear the birds and the breeze gently blowing through the trees
- This breeze is beginning to make you sway and dance gently. This breeze keeps changing directions. You are bending. You are flexible. You are alive with gentle movements, your roots are in the earth but you are dancing free in the breeze.
- Take some full breaths and sigh out.
- In this warmth your frounds, your tender new branches are beginning to unfold. They are spreading out to receive the warmth.
- Some ants are suddenly running up your side. Feel them tickle?
- The breeze has stopped. Now be still. Picture the grass and trees, birds and warmth and breathe this into you. Feel your full size.
- See in your mind's eye what you are part of, what you the fern are connected to, what is around you.
- Feel the sap rising up from the ground, up through the center of you to the tiny leaves at your tips.
- Imagine what you would look like to a bush walker. (Pause) Now gently come back to being yourself.
- Direct children to draw themselves as the fern in the forest.
- Ask children to talk about their experience of the exercise.
Gesralt role-play exercise could be used as a follow-up (see page 150)
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