A Contemplative Lunch with 5- and 6-year-olds

One of the fringe benefits of working in an elementary school is having lunch with the students.  As you may know, there is a great deal of research being done on mindfulness and the work place.  Science is showing that mindfulness or contemplative practices influences attention, mood, and productivity.  When I am feeling overwhelmed, 15-20 minutes of conversation with a group of Kindergarten students is just what I need to “get out of my head” and focus on the important things in life:

  • A kind note/joke that mom put in the lunchbox.
  • A silly story from morning recess.
  • Excitement over a new book.
  • A friend helping another friend open their yogurt.
  • A food item that triggers a warm story about grandma or dad.

Five and six-year-olds want to know how the world works.  They have many questions.  Their sense of wonder and developing language skills result in fantastic conversation stems.  It is a fun escape.  You need to try it sometime!

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