MIRRORING: MOVING MINDFUL MEDITATION

This activity is done in pairs and is an opportunity to practice sensing and tuning in to oneself and another person as a partner yoga activity.

Mirroring is a classic activity to demonstrate intuition. Even as an adult, I always am in wonder at the moment that the cognitive gives way to the intuitive and a dance of movement takes place between the two people.

There is always a moment of near panic as I stare at the person across from me, wondering who will be leader or follower. Moving in what appears to be molasses type slow motion, the activity finds its own life and takes over with a leaderless path. It is a way to practice mindfulness qualities in motion. One can practice letting go, beginner’s mind and non-judgment in the exercise.

Mirroring
This is a leaderless, physical activity that does not involve touch. The children work with partners and stand or sit facing one another. Instruct the children to place their hands 2 inches apart without touching. This is a moving meditation activity.
•  Stand or sit and face one another.
•  Both partners begin by placing their palms, fingertips to ceiling, opposite the other’s palms 1-2 inches apart (right hand to the partner’s left hand). The partners do not actually touch physically, but attune to each other.
•  Practice being a mirror to one another’s movements.
•  Move slowly and simultaneously.
•  Act as though you were looking in a mirror. One child may decide to move and the other person follows, then the other may lead.
•  Use your senses, feel intuitively when to move or stop.
•  Allow this to flow and change from leader to follower simultaneously.
•  As one person moves, the other person will sense the next direction.
•  Permit a flow to occur where at any time either partner can take the lead.
•  Find a rhythm without words where both children mimic one another in a seamless way.
•  Go gently from the cognitive to the intuitive.
•  See if the kids can notice when they shift to moving together without separation.

This activity is a moving version of mindfulness. It is intuitive and comes from a different part of the brain than the cognitive. It teaches the children to let go, follow their intuitive selves and to have fun. The more one lets go into the leaderless activity the more the task flows with its own rhythm.