Students will be able to practice mindful listening and speaking.
Student will be able to explain how and why mindful listening and speaking are important for friendships.
Bring students into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor. (Note: If some students have a difficult time sitting still or may be disruptive, ask them to sit with you before the session and ring the chime with you.)
Ask them to sit in mindful bodies. This means they should become quiet and close their eyes or look down. Ask the students to notice how straight their spine is.
Remind them that practicing mindfulness helps us focus on one thing with kindness and curiosity. In this activity, they will be guided to listen to sounds with curiosity, which is like a superpower.
Guide the class to take two deep breaths and to notice their belly rise, just like the bellies of frogs when they croak.
Ring the chime three times, and ask the students to focus on its sound. Also guide them to listen to the space in between each chime.
After, ask the class to listen to the sounds as far as they can hear behind them. Pause.
Then, ask them to listen to the sounds as far as they can hear in front of them. Pause.
Finally, ask the students to listen to the sounds closer in. Ask if they can hear their breath.
As the students focus on these sounds, explain to them that they may notice thoughts rising in their heads. That is okay, but they should gently bring their attention back to the sounds around them.
Guide them to take a deep breath in and out, and then to open their eyes when they are ready.
Ask the class what they noticed. What did they hear? How do they feel?
Explain to students that today we are going to be practicing using our superpower senses—the same ones we used with this session—in listening and speaking.
Remind them that mindfulness is like a superpower that helps us focus on one thing with kindness and curiosity.
Ask the class, "How is listening with care and curiosity a superpower?" (Potential answer: It helps us understand others, know what to do in a situation, and relate to others more deeply.)