Amidst the changes and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the KYC has proven to be a great safe place for teens to come for relaxation. Last week, we took some time to be mindful. Mindfulness involves being attuned to the present monument and taking a break from the distractions of worry and anticipation. When we discuss mindfulness at the KYC, a staff member will shake a jar of water with glitter in it. The glitter swirls chaotically around the jar. The movement is too fast for one’s eyes to follow. But when the shaking stops for even a few moments, the chaos stops; in less than a minute the glitter settles neatly to the base of the jar. To take a break from shaking the jar represents mindfulness.
We practice mindfulness at the KYC through a short exercise. Students are asked to sit still and quietly. They are challenged to make simple observations about their present moment, without judgement: note five things you can see; then four things you can year; now three things you can feel; two things you can smell; and finally one thing you can taste.
To further calm ourselves, a group practiced some yoga. It’s been wonderful to offer safe, meaningful, relaxation and fun at the KYC to help make the COVID Pandemic a little easier for our teens.