My Big Mindfulness Discovery

Ever since I was a little girl, I enjoyed being a kid and playing with other kids. I have always had a special place in my heart for children. They are innocent, energetic but, yet frail all at the same time.

As I got older, I began to work with kids by sharing my musical talents with them by way of teaching piano lessons and choir. Growing up I was surrounded by music and I remember how it played an instrumental part in my life. It was soothing to my soul and my entire being. The sweet sounds went deep in my inner self and gave me melodies to sing, write and play. People use to always say to me and my parents that I was such a wonderful little spirit full of joy.

When I reminisce about why I felt at ease while growing up in such a difficult and challenging world, I think of how music and the arts played an important role in my life.

I took ballet, drama, piano lessons and participated in many Talent shows and performances. I remember practicing breathing exercises shown to me by a teacher before many performances or even a presentation at school. I would get in tune with the pace in which I was breathing to calm my anxieties and feel my arms stretching up and moving down feeling the presence of peace.

What I did not realize is that I had been practicing Mindfulness all along as I came to know more about it in my adult years. Fortunately, I was selected to be a part of a Fellowship/Cohort with the Massachusetts Culture Council and became a part of a group that focused on Mindfulness in music. This was very fitting for me because I learned more about what I had been doing all along growing up and I knew it worked and could be helpful to many people.

Over the years I found myself working with children which became my focus in life. I have been blessed to educate children about music and through music and using some parts of mindfulness in the process. Mindfulness can make a difference in the lives of children as it did for me. For us to better understand Mindfulness we must understand that Mindfulness develops the entire brain and helps children to understand their feelings and emotions. Mindfulness reduces stress, and anxiety which reduces the risk of depression and mental health.

Music plays a tremendous part in helping kids to focus on doing one thing at a time whether it be their academics, learning music or being patient. As I learned more and more on the importance of Mindfulness being a great aid to children, my interest grew adding more ways to have a greater impact on the lives of children.

By: Mone’t Ledbetter-Glaude