Color Meditation (4th grade)
Marcey’s kids are awesome, and always engage in our yoga and meditation activities. Their insights especially after meditating are really bright and interesting, so they are a fun group to try new types of meditation with. Up until now we have done more guided imagery of “real” places, so we decided this last go-round to try something more abstract. In consultation with the book Calm Kids, I drafted a script focusing on color. The kids could pick any color they wanted and were asked to envision it filling up a bubble surrounding their body. With the breath, they visualize breathing the color into their bodies and then breathing it out.
What the kids shared after was beautiful. More than one said that they saw smaller bubbles inside their bubble, and the smaller bubbles were filled with pictures of people or things they loved. They all visualized their bubbles in different places; some were on the ground, others floating, some in a forest, some on the ocean. Gorgeous.
To tie in the more abstract meditation, we did a sort of abstract writing assignment. We had the kids do a “stream of consciousness” activity. In all fairness, I swiped the idea for the activity from teachingideas.co.uk. We talked through what stream of consciousness is, and I showed them a real-time example by typing out all my thoughts in a one-minute period via the SmartBoard so they could see the first part of the activity in action. They were so excited and asked a ton of questions about what was allowed and what wasn’t. Marcey and I dubbed it One Rule Writing - the only rule is that you can’t stop writing for 2 minutes. Paragraphs, spelling, and punctuation was out the window. The only goal was to get all your thoughts down on paper to help guide future writing assignments.
It was brilliant. Every kids put pen to paper for 2 minutes straight, even ones who usually take some time to get started. They saw it as a game and at the end so many wanted to share their writing. It was great insight for Marcey and I too, as we got to have a small glimpse into their minds, thoughts, worries, and interests. It was a bummer that we ran out of time as we started to have the kids cross out half their words so they could create a poem/story from their writing (see the above link for the full activity). Hopefully they will find time to get back to it and complete it. And for me, I will make sure next time to carve out enough time to at least have them start on the poems/stories.