The “Mind in a Jar” activity is a simple way to help your student’s imagine their mind and thoughts. The jar represents the head/skull, the clear liquid is the brain and the glitter pieces are thoughts, ideas, memories and feelings.
A jar with glitter resting on the bottom represents a mind that is calm and focused. When the jar is shaken up, the glitter starts swirling quickly, and it becomes difficult to see clearly. This is like the mind when there are too many thoughts and feelings making it difficult to think clearly.
Setting the jar down, taking slow deep breathes and watching the swirling glitter settle, helps to refocus, calm and clear the mind. If you haven’t seen how the activity works, check it out in our ZENworks Yoga video collection.
Want to make one of your own?
We’ve asked Joie Scott, co-founder of amaZEN U to share her recipe for making the “Mind a in Jar” used in the video. Here is the script she read when working with her students.
What you need:
Note: Students can enjoy making their own personal “Mind in a Jar” using small 8oz water bottles.
This mindfulness tool can be used when feeling tense, angry, frustrated, nervous, overwhelmed or confused. Just take a few long, slow, deep breaths for a minute, focusing on the inhales and exhales. It can help bring the mind back to the present moment, to right here and right now.
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