What is Mindfulness?
To be Mindful is to simply be aware. Mindful youth are cognizant of how he or she feels. A state of mindfulness allows for a grounded approach to circumstances at hand and allows one to respond rather than react to a situation.
Mindfulness is simply noticing. It may be the breath, movement of the body or of sounds occurring around the child. Learning to slow down, quiet the mind, and feel sensations of the body and emotions of the mind allows the child to be fully present in the moment.
Who is Mindful Evolution of Laramie?
I am Michelle Visser and have lived in Laramie since 1996. Although recently, my family spent three years living in Teton Valley, Idaho. An adventure of a lifetime that I am sure you read more about if you choose to my website from time to time.
I am married and have two sons, Ansel (14) and Ezra (12). I hold an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from UW and have 16 years experience in the field of education. I am also a graduate of the Year Long Certification program at Mindful Schools.
My experiences include teaching Mindfulness to pre-K through eighth grade youth as a dedicated Mindfulness teacher, as well as an outside provider and in after-school programs. In addition I have interacted with youth through creative movement, outdoor education, full-time elementary classroom teacher, paraprofessional, substitute teacher and parent volunteer.
It is the combination of these experiences along with my personal work in yoga and meditation that have lead me to create Mindful Evolution of Laramie. I am grateful to have the resources to participate in these practices and was recently moved to create opportunities for the children of our community. It is my belief that children are often the closest thing we see to mindfulness on a daily basis and it is my hope that Mindful Evolution of Laramie can help the youngest members of our community to maintain this quality or bring them back around to it before they stray too far.
It is my goal to guide children toward finding an inner peace in a world that is changing our sense of normal. Children, with their natural inclination to live in the moment, can be our teachers in maintaining a sense of groundedness. They are best prepared to remind us of the essential quality of awareness, however I fear that this quality is lost all too quickly and Mindful Evolution of Laramie will strive to maintain this awareness in every child that participates in its programs.