I get it…
Space is limited!
We don’t all have cozy corners, or carpet spaces in our classrooms… Some of us don’t even have classrooms!
This was my challenge too…
As an Educational Assistant, I didn’t have my own classroom. No place to practice Mindfulness with my students. No place to put my Mindfulness “tools”.
But, I Had A Dream…
I wanted to teach students Mindfulness techniques and get my message out to the school.
I felt it was too important of a dream to just forget about because I was lacking one crucial aspect…
So, how did I overcome this challenge?
How did I bring Mindfulness to my students WITHOUT the space to do so?
I Got Creative…
Accepting that there was a challenge was Step #1!
CHOOSING to find an alternative and face it head on was Step #2!
We don’t often get past Step #1 – Our subconscious holds onto the message that there isn’t always a way around a problem.
There is ALWAYS another way! There is ALWAYS an alternative!
All you have to do is a little creative thinking…
For me, this meant introducing…
The Mindfulness Bin!
The Mindfulness Bin was a lightweight bin that held all my Mindfulness tools.
Because I couldn’t hold Mindfulness in one classroom, this bin needed to go ANYWHERE I needed to go.
Sometimes Mindfulness Club took place in the music room, or outdoors. Sometimes it was help in the gym, or in a spare classroom.
Students LOVED to be “Mindfulness Bin Leaders” – They took such pride in hauling our little bin around.
The Mindfulness Tools that you’d be likely to find in my Mindfulness Bin were:
- Sit Spots
- Breathing Activities Book
(Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey)
- Mandala Colouring Pages
- Pencil Crayons
- Breathing Stars
- Talking Stick
- Sand Timer
- Activity Cards (Breath Work/Yoga Cards)
- Self Check-In Cards & Erasable Markers
Maybe that sounds like a lot to you… But all these items were small and easy to carry.
I’d sometimes switch them out for a little variety.
I NEVER Felt Limited with The Mindfulness Bin!
Although it was small, it sure was mighty!
It had all the tools we needed to get the job done.
My students saw the bin as this magical component to Mindfulness Club…
Remember Mary Poppins?
And the never-ending magical tote bag she would pull unlimited items out of?
Well, that’s how I felt every time I had The Mindfulness Bin with me!
No Space, No Problem!
Don’t get discouraged if you have a space-limiting challenge in front of you.
Get creative: Think outside-of-the-box!
There is always a way. Always a solution.
I hope my Mindfulness Bin story will inspire you to take creative action on your next big challenge.
I know you can do it…