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welcome to effie + ros mindfulness

I am delighted you stopped by. Effie + Ros was set up as a way for me share my love of mindfulness, meditation, natural crafts and creating space in our lives and those of our children. I am a trained Mindful Magic Mentor and offer group mindfulness sessions, private sessions, mindfulness in schools as well as mindfulness and nature craft workshops in Surrey/SW London as well as online.

ways to explore mindfulness

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Breathe

Simple, calming breathing exercises. Taking our attention to our breath helps us ground ourselves and bring ourselves back into the present moment. It takes a few minutes and can be used at any time at home to support both children and parents.

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Focus

We are so distracted in the modern world of technology, yet our children have a natural focus. The ability to notice things we may not have otherwise noticed, focus and concentrate on the small things can help us to understand the idea that everything is temporary, even our thoughts.

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Move

Movement is an incredible mindful tool, especially if the thought of sitting still and quietly is a little intimidating! Mindfulness isn’t all about sitting quietly. It is an awareness of our physical selves as well as emotional.

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Create

We are all naturally mindful, especially when they are creating, in flow. This is mindfulness in its truest form. Pop over to our blog for lots of eco-friendly, sustainable, mindful crafts for kids and adults to enjoy.

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Meditate

Lots of children love a guided meditation! It is a gorgeous chance to get cosy with blankets and pillows, teddies for the younger children, and listen to short, empowering guided meditations. A chance to switch off, listen and to just BE.

upcoming effie+ros events

Mar
21
Sat
mindfulness for 3-5 year olds @ Kings Head, Teddington
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:20 am

A lovely calming, creative mindfulness and meditation inspired session for children aged 3-5 years. The session involves lots of movement, some fun breathing activities and a natural, eco-craft, perfect for little people and parents/carers to share some lovely mindful fun.

Mar
28
Sat
mindfulness for 3-5 year olds @ Kings Head, Teddington
Mar 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:20 am

A lovely calming, creative mindfulness and meditation inspired session for children aged 3-5 years. The session involves lots of movement, some fun breathing activities and a natural, eco-craft, perfect for little people and parents/carers to share some lovely mindful fun.

An Evening of Mindfulness and Flowers @ The Yoga Bar
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Give yourself permission to pause. We have come together to offer a lovely evening of mindfulness and flowers – our aim is to combine mindfulness, well-being and a connection to nature in a beautiful and calming setting.

Our focus for the evening will be grounding ourselves, as we explore some calming mindful tools and breathing, some movement-based mindfulness, making our own dried flower headbands, followed by a lovely long guided relaxation and meditation. With herbal teas and homemade treats, this is a real chance to replenish your own cup.

Apr
4
Sat
mindfulness for 3-5 year olds @ Kings Head, Teddington
Apr 4 @ 9:30 am – 10:20 am

A lovely calming, creative mindfulness and meditation inspired session for children aged 3-5 years. The session involves lots of movement, some fun breathing activities and a natural, eco-craft, perfect for little people and parents/carers to share some lovely mindful fun.

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  • I've finally dived into @thebookyouwish and I might actually be in heaven 👌😄 So much wisdom already. I LOVE the way she talks about children like plants and their relationship with us, as carers or parents, is like the soil. The plant is its own plant, we can't make it grow a particular way, make it a particular colour, shape, size...but we can nurture it, build the foundations, feed it, offer it strength and give it what it needs 🌻✨
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My next favourite section is a little description of our feelings being like little warning lights, telling us what we need to know. We wouldn't take the light bulb out the fuel warning light in the car, we'd give the car what it needs. If we feel angry, tired, cross, overwhelmed...we should be asking what we need. And the same goes for our kids. Something is missing 🤔
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I could go on but I'm waiting till I've read it all ... I'm only 40 or so pages in🤓 I know one or two people who've struggled with it @oatcakeadventures 😆 but I love the approach. To notice when we react and WHY we might be reacting, the real, actual thing that triggers us. And then why our children are reacting. I'm a big believer in there being a reason ✨
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#mindfulnesstools #mindfulness #thebookyouwishyourparentshadread #phillipaperry #mindfulness #mindfulmama #childhood #emotionalwellbeing #bigemotions #mindfulmagic
  • This makes me so so happy!! We drove to my parents yesterday and the three of them chatted about playing in the mud kitchen my amazing dad made for them at Christmas for literally half the journey ❤️ Straight out and at they made mud cupcakes, cookies and chocolate milk for the morning 😂
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Literally my favourite ever Christmas present of all times ever. Good job Dad you're a legend 🙌 @muribel123 The last picture is my Dad being a police man chasing my middle daughter round the kitchen pretending to be on a mobility scooter on the motorway 🤣 The Parker playfulness lives on ✨✨✨🙏❤️
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#mudkitchen #outdoors #outdoorkids #outdoorlearning #outdoorkids #raiseemwildandfree #grandpa #1000hoursoutside #letthembekids #letthembelittle #muddychildren #mumsofinstagram
  • Holding space for our kids - to allow, honour, validate, witness and accept them. To see no lack and to resist nothing. But this can only happen if we hold space for ourselves first ✨ This is from the incredible @doctorshefali ❤️
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Let them feel their feelings. They will come and go. It's no use saying they are being ridiculous or silly or childish. They feel what they feel. Our job is to hold the space. When our kids loose their shit, their brains are disintegrated, they aren't functioning as a whole. They are operating from the mammalian, primal, instinctive, fear based part of the brain. Logic, rationality and commentary won't work. But they CAN respond to connection. Knowing that you are there, not trying to "make" them anything or feel anything, not trying to stop anything.
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It's hard because we want them to be happy and to solve the problem for them. But we can't. We don't want them to turn into adults who loose their shit all the time 🤪🙈
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For me, once I recognised that my job wasn't to fix or change, and started to notice and understand the reasons I was triggered by tantrums or massive over reactions....then I could (umm, mostly!) let them go. Another of my fave @doctorshefali quotes is "we call children into our lives to show the parent where the parent still has to grow" 🙌 Why do you not like that behaviour? What is it triggering in you? What are you afraid of? Worried about? Why? Tune into you, notice what's going on, be curious 🤔
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If you haven't heard me talk about it, I'm co-hosting an Evening of Mindfulness and Flowers on 28 March. We'll be making dried flower crowns and exploring some lovely calming, grounding mindfulness tools, finishing with a beautiful guided relaxation/meditation. First one is on 28 March at the divine Yoga Bar in Twickenham✨A gorgeous way to hold some space for yourself 🙏
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#mindfulnesss #mindfulliving
#mindfulchildren #consciousliving #consciousparenting #drshefalitsabary #connectedparenting #connection #triggers #bigemotions
  • "We are conditioned from a young age to take acceptance over authenticity" eeeekkkkk!! @emmalcannon wrote this in a comment on a @motherkind_zoe post recently and it's completely stuck in my head since ❤️ So so true. It was a post about people pleasing, the way we learn to please others over remaining authentically ourselves. Our kids have a biological desire to be loved, as a basic survival mechanism. Young children are constantly seeking our approval, they have a deep desire to be loved by us. We all love our kids to bits of course, but it's so so easy to correct them, tell them how to do things, stepping in to do it our way, what they should be doing...shaping them. Mix the cake mix like this, don't get it on the floor, don't lick the spoon, decorate it like this...here let me do it 🙈🤪
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They want to please us, so next time they go for the action that they think we'll like, rather than the one that feels intuitively right for them. It becomes easier to trade authenticity for acceptance.
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And what does this have to do with mindfulness? 🤔
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When you trust that our kids have everything they need within them, that they don't need fixing, that our job as parents is to keep kids safe and love them, not to shape them or make them anything...that their way is the best way....
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When we teach kids about their emotions, that alllll emotions are okay, normal and we hear them out, connect with them, rather than trying to force a stop to tantrums, anger, frustration...
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When we teach kids to recognise their own innate beauty, joy, happiness, kindness...to love themselves unconditionally and stay proud of themselves....
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When we can tune into ourselves, be curious and recognise our behaviours and WHY we might be behaving a particular way, we can understand our reactions a little better 👌
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#mindfulness #consciousliving #connectedparenting #consciousparenting #holisticchildhood #motherhood #mindfulmama #emotionalkids
  • 🌟Hole punch confetti ❤️🌟✈️ My husband spent an evening in front of the TV cutting stars out of waxed leaves for our Mindful Magic crafts 😆 We cut these little ones out yesterday from eucalyptus leaves and bark 😍 It's SO easy. My five year old even had the idea of cutting them out of the brightly coloured paper that our @whogivesacraptp comes wrapped in 🙌 Perfect!
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Mini hole punch shapes from @hobbycrafthq. Punch shapes from nature, old paper....fabric....and CREATE! Totally biodegradable, totally satisfying and such a wonderful way to encourage our kids to think about the world around them and how they can use it in a sustainable way 🙌
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Next session is 14 March 3-5 years @kingshead.teddington ❤️ If you have a 2 year old who you think might like to join, or siblings you would need to bring along, I'm so happy to chat ✨
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#mindfulness #mindfulcrafts #mindfulcraft #naturecraft #naturalcrafts #ecocrafts #ecofriendly #climatechange #climatechangeanxiety #smallchanges

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