Planting Seeds with Music and Songs : Practicing Mindfulness with Children
Planting Seeds with Music and Songs is an audio-enhanced eBook. Recorded audio music and song lyrics from the book are included with this new digital edition.
Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children is the fruit of decades of development and innovation in the Plum Village community’s collective practice with children.
Based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s over 30 years of teaching mindfulness and compassion to parents, teachers, and children, the book covers a wide range of contemplative and fun activities parents and educators can do with their children or students.
The activities are designed to help relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude and confidence, deal with difficult emotions, touch our interconnection with nature, and improve communication.
Planting Seeds offers insight, concrete activities, and curricula that parents and educators can apply in school settings, in their local communities or at home, in a way that is meaningful and inviting to children.
The key practices presented and adapted for children include: mindful breathing, walking and eating meditation, inviting a bell to sound, pebble meditation, the Two Promises, Touching the Earth and Deep Relaxation, and how to deal with conflict and strong emotions.
Also includes a chapter on dealing effectively with conflict in the classroom or difficult group dynamics, based on a conference with Thich Nhat Hanh, teachers and students.
Any adult wishing to plant seeds of peace, relaxation, and awareness in children will find this book helpful. It is full of wisdom on how to simply be with children and nourish their compassion for themselves and others.
Beautiful, color illustrations by Wietske Vriezen
File Size: 113819 KB
Print Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Parallax Press (March 1, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
About the author
Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, sixty in English. His previous books for children include, A Pebble for Your Pocket, The Coconut Monk and The Hermit and the Well. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on “the art of mindful living.”
Wietske Vriezen was born in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. She met Thich Nhat Hanh during a retreat in Holland in 2000 and was touched deeply by the practice. Since then, she has illustrated a number of books based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh most recently Mindful Movements and A Basket of Plums. She lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands where she works as a psychologist with gifted children.