Weekly Workshop – Intake 35 – Mindfulness Session
On Thursday, March 14th, Bali WISE had a special volunteer – Ms. Mandy – who led the weekly workshop. This time, the students got the chance to experience a Mindfulness Session. During the first hour, they practiced peaceful meditation to relieve the stress. It also included directing their attention to breathtaking: Ms. Mandy asked the girls to close their eyes and count their breath for a few minutes. They also did some Yoga while listening to calming music to restore the balance between yin and yang in them.
During the following final 30-minutes-session, an innovative approach was introduced: meditation through coloring. The students practiced the mindful coloring exercise by coloring a Mandala of Compassion using any colors they liked. Next, they were asked to trace the outline of their own hand print and to write down the five core values they think describe best who they really are. The workshop ended with Ms. Mandy asking each student to tell everyone about their chosen values leading to a deep understanding.
All in all, our students enjoyed this meditation process. It was the first time for them to relieve the stress through coloring and playing with their imagination. Eventually, everyone felt well prepared for the upcoming exam with a calm & peaceful mind.