Mindfulness Exercise to Prepare for Difficult Conversations
To put it simply, boundaries are a way to understand how we relate to ourselves and other people. Individuals can have boundaries that range from rigid, to healthy, to porous, and oftentimes someone’s boundaries can be different depending on the context. For example, someone with healthy boundaries around their time may have rigid emotional boundaries. MyTherapistAid.com offers a comprehensive overview of the characteristics of each boundary type.
Creating Balance Meditation
This activity uses getting quiet and posing a question to oneself, “How can I be more balanced?” as well as using the imagery of balancing on a tree branch to create an embodied experience of balance.
Self Compassion Break Version One
Accepting our own vulnerability is made easier when give ourselves compassion. Use this self-compassion break with clients in session or encourage them to use it on their own when working with difficult or vulnerable emotions.
Walking Meditation Version One
This is a guided walking meditation.
Feeling Your Body and Mind as a Lake
Help clients experience the steadiness and continuity of their mind that is underneath mental events like emotions.
The Rabbit Listened
This is a powerful story about a child feeling supported by the rabbit, who just listened to them. Use this tool to explore what children need when they are experiencing difficult emotions.
The Invisible String
This book is a powerful way to help children visualize connections with their loved ones regardless of location or circumstances.
Soothing with the Senses Box
This is an intervention that can be used for children to find material around their homes that are helpful in soothing and calming during periods of distress.
This is an intervention that makes worry tangible for children. It allows us to externalize worry in a healthy way while being able to identify healthy ways to cope with worries and fears that come in because of our “monsters.”