Mindful Hiking

Take A Mindful Hike

Physical activity. Beautiful scenery. Who doesn’t like the occasional hike in the great outdoors? And when you add a little extra awareness to the experience, your outing can benefit both your body and your mind. The teachers and students at the Lotus School take regular mindful hikes on the nearby Lake Nockamixon trails. We know that spending time in nature has healing and restorative power. Being outdoors increases well-being, helps alleviate stress and anxiety, promotes creativity, assists with recovery from mental fatigue, helps restore attention, boosts the brain’s ability to think, and engages…

Compassion & The Teenage Brain

Adolescent development isn’t all hormones and drama. As Daniel Siegel explains in this mindful.org article,  it’s a time when teens begin to foster greater compassion and kindness. The adolescent period is absolutely amazing. People often give it a negative approach, saying it’s a time when adolescents are going to lose their mind, or it’s just immature, or raging hormones drive you crazy. These are not only wrong, but they’re myths that mislead us and actually disempower us. Whether we’re adults or adolescents, they actually give us the wrong message and…

Welcoming the New Year

With thanks to our friends at mindful.org, we’d like to share this simple practice for welcoming the New Year. As an old year ends and a new one begins, please join us in doing this simple practice that helps us recognize this transition and honor all that has happened and all that awaits each of us. You might want to have a few tissues or a journal handy. This practice brings so many emotions to the surface, you might get teary and grateful and excited to be alive all at once. We hope you…

Free Screening of “Like”

A FREE SCREENING OF A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON OUR LIVES LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. PRESENTED BY THE LOTUS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS This free screening will be held at: Life Sciences Building Auditorium, 101 Admissions Drive, Doylestown, PA 18901 Directions and Parking: https://www.delval.edu/img/040919CampusMap_EnlargedEventLSB.jpg LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what's really happening?  Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together. Our goal for this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate. It’s not about blame. It’s about looking in the mirror and empowering ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other. ARE YOU USING TECHNOLOGY OR IS TECHNOLOGY USING YOU? https://youtu.be/9qVi63wG2OMPanelists Mr. James Mast, LPC, Penn Foundation Behavioral Health Services Mr. James Mast is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapist. He works in the Mental Health Outpatient department at Penn Foundation. James' clinical work focuses on helping individuals, couples, and families understand and cope with a variety of mental health issues. He specializes in supporting children who are high risk for hospitalization due to the severity of their behaviors. He spends time collaborating with community organizations on subjects related to mental health. He completed his bachelor's degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Trauma Studies at Eastern University.  He leads workshops on topics such as peacemaking, the impact of social media, implicit bias, honoring diversity, and modern anxiety. He is involved in his community and strives to bring about positive change. Directions Google Maps Link

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts Open House

Can a Jar Full of Glitter Help with Mindfulness?

In this recent article from The New York Times there’s a discussion on how the use of a snow globe or “mindfulness jar,” constructed from a household jar and glitter, can help teens weather emotional storms. A glitter jar provides a reminder to anyone who is feeling stressed to be patient with themselves and be confident that emotions often rise, swirl and settle all by themselves.  Watching glitter settle isn’t the only solution to teenage meltdowns, but it’s a good first response. At The Lotus School’s upcoming Open House on…

1 Minute Mindfulness Exercises

Interested in doing mindfulness meditation but don’t think you have the time? Below are some mindfulness exercises you can do in a minute or under. Yawn and stretch for 10 seconds every hour. Do a fake yawn if you have to. That will trigger real ones. Say “ahh” as you exhale. Notice how a yawn interrupts your thoughts and feelings. This brings you into the present.  Then stretch really, really slowly for at least 10 seconds. Notice any tightness and say “ease” or just say hello to that place (being mindful — noticing…

Hawk Mountain Field Trip

    On a still cold day in late November, the staff and students traveled out west to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA for a day of hiking. Our learning and mindfulness objectives that day were to choose an appropriate trail related to the weather and be aware of our surroundings. We decided to take the Lookout Trail to the Escarpment Trail to reach the North Lookout. The Escarpment Trail is a moderately technical, small rock and boulder climb…

How Your Breath Controls Your Mood and Attention

At the Lotus School we have long known that a period of paced breathing within a meditation practice helps students cope with transition from home to the school day, from lunch to the afternoon studies, and before leaving for the day (school to home.) This article from Mindful.org focuses on how paced breathing can control both mood and attention. New research explores the relationship between the pace and intentionality of your breathing, and the brain networks involved in mood, attention, and body awareness. Slow down, and pay attention to…

Mindfulness and Exercise

The Benefits of Applying Mindfulness to Exercise Occasionally we all simply need to zone-out and let our bodies do what they want to do. But, if you are becoming easily distracted during your workouts, it may be time to add some mindfulness into your workout routine. In a recent scientific study, published by Scientific American, on the associations of what is known as Dispositional Mindfulness with cardiovascular health, it was concluded that “dispositional mindfulness is positively associated with cardiovascular health and physical activity.” Another scientific trial examined the relationship between exercise consistency and mindfulness….

Earth Art

How can we view everything as temporary? This question is essential to living a mindful life, and it guided the group conversation on our latest field trip to Grounds for Sculpture. While at the sculpture garden, the students and teachers discussed the temporal quality of the materials that composed two of the special exhibitions on view. As a follow-up activity to continue the discussion of seeing everything as temporary, the students watched the documentary, “Rivers and Tides” that highlights the work of earth artist Andy Goldsworthy. The film…