Kids in mind: Mindfulness practices get kid-sized

Caitlin Byrd, mountainx.com: Like a conductor, third-grader Daniel lifts his right arm and the chests of his classmates and teachers rise in response. The group sits in a circle on the floor with eyes closed, legs crossed and a candle lit. As Daniel lowers his arm, an echo of exhales keep time. He repeats the movement twice more.

With daily centering complete, another day begins at Rainbow Mountain Children’s School.

“This is a time [when] there is not a right or wrong answer,” says Executive Director Renee Owen. The centering exercise is about “coming into the present. It’s a time to go inward. It’s a time to connect…

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