Mindful Moment: Marshie Boswell, Kids Yoga Instructor
#MindfulMoment is an opportunity to learn more about the ONE Wellness team and how mindfulness guides their practice.
Mindfulness is hard to describe because it’s more of an approach to life than one individual thing. As a child I remember having an overwhelming amount of stress and pressure. It wasn’t that anyone put that pressure on me, it was really just something I felt as a person who wanted to be both successful and happy. I would have panic attacks over simple tasks or projects and eventually just learned that if I stopped caring altogether I could avoid those difficult emotions. As an emotional being, there were plenty of times where this was completely unreasonable and really only made things worse. It was around that time that I learned that exercise really helped me balance my emotions and think more clearly. From that point on, I dedicated my life to the world of fitness and sharing not only it’s physical but mental benefits with others. That was my first step into the world of mindfulness.
Mindfulness of self, which to me, is working through what you’re feeling, why you’re feeling it and how to move on (whether it’s a long process or a short one); Treating yourself with kindness and learning from your mistakes and also taking care of your body physically. Mindfulness of others and the environment, which is learning empathy for others and practicing it regularly, being patient with others who may be working through their own problems and understanding boundaries. I also include taking your time to do things well and always putting in your best effort whether you are cleaning your room or working on something important for school.
When my daughter was born I was the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. Watching her experience the world for the first time made me realize how much we really take for granted as humans. The simple sight of seeing the stars at night or a bird outside our window made her giddy with excitement. So I made a point to myself to take time to enjoy everything a little bit more.
When I teach mindfulness to children I sort of giggle to myself a little because children are naturally more mindful of the world than most adults. They thrive on absorbing everything. My experience with kids is that they need mindfulness in the right direction. Children tend to believe that the world revolves around them. They tend to need some help processing their emotions and understanding their feelings. This is the foundation of my kid’s yoga classes and camps.
Every child can benefit from learning to dig deeper. Growing up is all about figuring out who you are and what kind of person you want to be. Mindfulness is an avenue to that level of understanding, something I wish I had learned earlier in life, and something I love spreading and sharing with the next generation.