Saturday, May 13

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh

emotions chart


Regulating Emotions

Today’s Excerpt:

Emotional Regulation
A helpful model for emotional regulation comes from psychotherapist Dan Seigel. He suggests that we should be aware of when we’re hyper-aroused (too much energy) and when we’re hypo-aroused (lack of energy) and should stay in the middle.

Optional Activity: To experience the difference between high energy and low energy, play a game of Dance and Freeze. The rules are simple:

  1. Play a song that’s fun to dance to.
  2. Invite everyone to dance.
  3. At random intervals, stop the song.
  4. When the song stops, everyone has to freeze.

Notice how it feels inside the body when you dance versus when you freeze. This is mindfulness!