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Finding Presence: YOUTH

A 10 - Week mindfulness course specifically for youth age 12-18

Finding Presence for youth is a 10 week course that covers a wide range of mindfulness principles to help each individual navigate their ever changing environments, find resilience and strength in the face of change and uncertainty, and provide tools for developing positive lasting relationships with others. Each of the lessons are backed by a large and growing field of research in wellness and personal development. Among these benefits are:

 

Reducing Symptoms:

Less stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia

Enhancements:

Performance, concentration, clarity, decision-making, memory, balance, resilience

Sense of self Self:

acceptance, emotional regulation, self-love, 

Each session includes 90 minutes of instruction and guided practice in mindful living and meditation. These lessons will be recorded and sent out each week for optional review. in addition to the weekly instruction, each participant will receive a workbook of optional practices that compliments and enhances each of the 10 lessons. These additional lessons and practices can be done alone or worked on together with parents or siblings. 

 

Below you find the topics and objectives of each of the ten sessions included in the course.

1-Introduction:

  • I can define mindfulness and meditation

  • I can explain the ground rules for the class

  • I can explain the concept of holding space for self and others.

  • I can explain the expectations for homework and personal practices.

2-Mindful listening and breathing:

  • I can explain the concept of mindful listening of self and others.

  • I can explain how mindful listening to external and internal sounds can help me build focus and attention.

  • I can explain how breathing helps me stay focused in the present moment.

  • I can explain why spending too much time in the past or future prevents me from living calmly.

  • I can define anchor spots and successfully use them when practicing mindfulness in class and on my own. 

 

3-Loving Kindness and compassion:

  • I can differentiate between factors that fill my heart and those that hurt. 

  • I can identify the voice of my own inner critic and use practices to cultivate love toward myself. 

  • I can explain contentment, self-compassion, and empathy and successfully use techniques to build these characteristics.

  • I can explain how gratitude supports my happiness and success. 

  • I can use techniques and practices to build gratitude in myself. 

 

4-Mindfulness of the body:

  • I can explain the connections between the brain, thoughts, and the physical body. 

  • I can scan the body to identify and name the many different sensations that are present. 

  • I can list and implement several strategies to bring awareness to the body. 

 

5-Mindfulness of Emotion​

  • I can name the emotions that are familiar to me

  • I can name new emotions that I discover through mindful awareness

  • I can discuss experienced emotions without judgement of good vs. bad

  • I can explain how body awareness helps me discover and work with new and commonly experienced emotions 

 

6-Mindfulness for Anxiety 

  • I can explain and differentiate between fear, anxiety, and worry

  • I can identify the sources of my anxieties and their triggers in my life. 

  • I can locate and rate anxiety experienced in the physical body. 

  • I can separate anxious thoughts from emotions, sensations, and from the Self. 

  • I can use multiple approaches and practices to help manage anxious thoughts and feelings. 

 

7-Mindfulness for School  

  • I can identify school stressors/worries and some of the associated emotions and sensations

  • I can differentiate between focus, attention, and mindfulness. 

  • I can use the slow motion mindfulness practice to bring myself back to the present moment

  • l can use the mindful seeing practices to help regain focus during assignments or test taking. 

  • I can explain and implement several techniques to reduce stress and worry in moment to moment scenarios. 

 

8-Mindfulness for Resilience

  • I can define the following terms; resilience, equanimity, and inner calm

  • I can explain response vs. reactivity and identify when I am reacting to something vs. responding

  • I can explain the RAIN technique and implement it to build resiliency.

 

9-Mindfulness for Relationships

  • I can explain the value in making present moment statements 

  • I can identify authentic "yes" and "no" responses to requests from peers, teachers, and family members.

  • I can define integrity and explain how it relates to relationships

  • I can describe the relationship I have with myself and implement strategies to strengthen this relationship

  • I can explain the value of forgiveness in relationships and extend forgivingness to myself and others. 

  • I can describe my relationship with technology and recognize patterns, triggers, and signals that may indicate excess. 

 

10-Mindfulness for Lifestyle and Growth

  •  I can reflect on my journey through this course and list my accomplishments and areas of growth.

  • I can create a mindful action plan for how I can incorporate mindfulness into future situations

  • I can explain the benefits of daily practice

  • I can list and explain several strategies that I can use in everyday life

Dates:

Tuesday evenings 

Sept. 20 - Nov. 29​

Exception: We will NOT meet on October 18 due to fall break. Make up class will be discussed the week prior. 

 

Time:

7:00-8:30pm

Location:

East Provo (near BYU campus), Address will be given upon registration

Cost:

$215