In this lesson students will be guided through a session of reflecting on their day and their emotions. They will also practice ways they can welcome and befriend their emotions with kindness and curiosity.
Students will be able to reflect on different emotions they feel at different times of the day.
Ask students to come into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
Explain that today we will be discussing emotions and mindfulness of emotions.
Ask, "What are some emotions that you have experienced?"
Explain to students that they will be guided to reflect on their day and to notice different emotions that came up for them.
Guide students in a mindful breathing session.
Ask them to sit upright comfortably and come to stillness (as much as they can) with quiet bodies.
Ask students to close their eyes or lower their gaze, and to take a few deep breaths while they feel their belly slowly rise and fall.
Tell students to imagine the beginning of their day (when they woke up). Ask what they notice and and how they feel. Tired? Happy?
When they got to school, what do they remember feeling? Resistance? Excitement?
What did they feel when they were asked to move into a circle a few minutes ago? Apprehension? Happiness? Boredom?
Ask them to take a few deep, slow breaths while keeping their eyes closed. Then, tell them to open their eyes.
Ask, "What did you notice?" and "What were some emotions that you felt today so far?"
Ask students to stand and form a line in the middle of the room. Explain that you will ask them questions, which they will answer by moving to different sides of the room. Their left side of the room is the answer "Yes" and their right is the answer "No." Staying where they are in line means that they are not sure.
Relay a statement and ask students to move to a side of the room. Example statements include: "Today I have felt boredom." "Today I have felt giddy." "Today I have felt embarrassed, annoyed, etc."
Ask students to return to the circle.
Ask what they noticed from this activity.
Pass out the poem "The Guest House", by Rumi.
Go around the circle, and ask each student to read a line of the poem out loud (students may pass if they do not wish to read).
Ask them how this poem relates to the activity that was just completed. What word or phrase stands out for them in the poem?
Show students the book Visiting Feelings. Ask them how they think the book may relate to the activity and poem. What do they think the book will be about?