The goal of mindfulness is to train your mind to observe your thoughts and feelings without judgement or criticism. In this, you can cut out habitual, negative thought patterns and prevent downward spirals of negativity. You further carve a path to access expansive inner resources of peace, contentment, meaning, and well-being.

This post (and the ones to follow) will primarily deliver fun and simple exercises you can practice with the family. One goal of these exercises is to train the mind to purposefully focus attention on a present experience. Try them in the morning, before bed, or at my favorite place/time: the dinner table right before you eat.

1. Breathe like a bee.

Mindfulness GoZen Exercise

Mindfulness Exercise Bee Breathing GoZen

2. Create magnetic hands.

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GoZen Mindfulness Cards Exercise

3. Dissolve a thought.

Mindfulness to help anxious thoughts - GoZen

You are not your thoughts GoZen Mindfulness exercise