Be the sky: A mindfulness art activity 

Art of Social Work

Be the sky.
There is a mindfulness and meditation technique where one imagines he or she is the sky and all the feelings and passing thoughts are simply the clouds. Temporary and changing but able to be noticed and then let go of as the next feeling or thought comes and goes.

I have found this helpful to teach children so they can realize that their feelings will not last forever (especially with children who identify themselves with their feelings “I’m just an angry kid,” or “I’m sad and depressed all the time”). Children can come to see themselves and their identities as more than their thoughts and feelings. We can also use this technique to learn to accept our thoughts and feelings without getting too caught up in them. Instead we can enjoy peacefully watching them pass by like clouds.

1) give child a piece of paper. You can…

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