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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 to follow my passion and interest in mindfulness, children, parenting and creating a gentler, calmer, more intuitive version of all these things. I hope to share my ideas, experiences, the things I have learnt, mixed in with a few classes and in-person sessions too. I hope you enjoy.

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.

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  • I read a post on a Facebook group this weekend about how this lady had been to a parents evening and the teachers had talked loads about how kids today can't focus, don't help, don't run around enough, aren't creative enough, aren't polite enough (sounds like a slightly tedious parents evening frankly but anyway, think it was a general conversation rather than about one particular child 😬) So the person posting commented that when she was little, the other generation constantly harped on about how the next generation were 'different' somehow.....never 'xxxx' enough...too this or that...
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I feel like I've heard a lot of this recently, about how our kids aren't 'how kids used to be'. Well I'm sure my dad said something to me once about the older generation not quite understanding the next generation. Looking back on the glory days with nostalgia. With our kids....they have technology, iPads, social media...and I'm not saying that doesn't scare me (it does loads) but it also helps me loads to think that if we just let them be, remind ourselves that they are just perfect as they are and not try to force things, the balance will remain. We don't need to (and can't) FIX everything we don't like about the world they are being brought up in - our parents thought we were ungrateful and tedious too I'm sure πŸ˜‚ As did the generation before, looking at their kids growing up in the sixties πŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒ
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So my point is, every generation has its challenges and new stuff. Some scary, some less so. I'm shit scared of social for our kids, but it's also an amazing opportunity. And the FB post reminded me that sometimes we have to just let them BE, not try to fix it all, to slow down and just let it be, because the dynamics are always changing. Nothing stays the same forever πŸ˜‰
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What do you think? As ever I'm sure there's a balance βš–οΈ
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#generationx #generationz #newgeneration #parenthood #parenting #parenthood #letthembelittle #allchange #nostalgia
  • A sense of their own self ✨ This is one thing I really want for my kids. That they can listen to themselves, do what they are doing to make themselves happy. To not get sucked into the people pleasing, perfectionism and its perils.
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I remember I used to call my girls my little treasure chests when I put them to bed, because they were like beautiful chests full of alllll sorts of wonderful treasure. I don't know why I stopped but I reignited this comment over the summer πŸ’ŽπŸ•πŸ’›
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This is a big 'why' of Mindful Magic. Helping kids to understand themselves, to connect with themselves and to trust themselves and all the goodness within them. Because I think ALL our kids are born with hidden treasures.
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Some of the tools we use in Mindful Magic to tap into this inner treasure πŸ₯°

Affirmations - short, positive, present tense statements
Noticing, observing, an awareness of the things we may not have seen and letting themselves go in the creative process 
Breathing - the power of the breath! To feel what's going on inside πŸ’›
Crafts - letting kids just be and create is the ultimate mindfulness
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New dates for classes starting in #teddington and #eastmolesey soon!! And you can also join my Facebook group (@effieandrosmindfulfamilies) for lots of lovely goodness coming up β™₯️ .

This picture was from @thebigfeastival - unrelated other than I felt totally chilled and entirely immersed in a weekend of fun xx
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#mindfulmagicmovement #mindfulkids #bepresent #minimindfulmoments #mindfulliving #mindfulfamilies #gentlelife
  • How is kids bedtime in your house?! Ours is most definitely mixed πŸ€ͺ Some easier than others, of course. Summer holiday bedtimes have been slow, (mostly) relaxed, mostly late and unpressured and now suddenly we have school again... The hardest part I find is the split attention and I roll my eyes at myself for saying 'I can't do everything at once' about a million times' πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚ This tool has been a really lovely way of slowing down the mayhem and taking the edge off feeling like we 'should' be rushing into bed and getting caught up in the constant do-ing.... πŸ₯° So here it is if you'd like to try too πŸ’› ✨Thanking your thoughts✨
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This is about acknowledging your day. Taking a moment to check in with all the love and support around you - offered to you AND by you 😍
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Take a moment to think of something you did you that you're really proud of. πŸ’ͺ It might have been something you said, something you did, something you wished for. It doesn't have to be a big thing, just something that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling. Sent yourself some thanks, high fives, fist  pumps, and love for just being you.
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Next think of the other people in your day. Either out loud or silently thank them - it might be family, your friends, a teacher, or someone who don't know that you encountered in your day. Maybe someone said something kind or helped you. Or maybe they didn't do anything particular, they just made you feel loved.
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Send thanks to yourself and anyone else who comes to mind for being part of your life and making you, you, and to you for your part in their life.
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Sending allllll the πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ§‘πŸ’œ and let me know if you try it! Katie @mindfulmagicmovement
has started a lovely fortnightly email with mini tools just like this - this weeks was a video and it's gorgeous. Pop over to her page to sign up βœ¨πŸ‘
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#gratitude #mindfulnesstools #mindfulmoments #mindfulmagicmovement #mindfulmums #backtoschool #newterm
  • Project pressing lavender 🌿 It's been an ongoing project for the summer, pressed lavender is soooo pretty and I'm keen to incorporate it into our Mindful Magic sessions and share some ideas you can use it (or any other flower!) at home β€οΈπŸ‘Œ
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How cute is this flower fairy picture from @grays_at_play? Trace the flower fairy picture then decorate with petals, leaves, flowers, crowns πŸ‘‘πŸ₯€If you keep swiping right you'll see how much lavender I picked today, so we should be set for a while... πŸ˜‚ #packingpriorities And then lastly one of my favourite #doterra oil blends. A gorgeous mix of uplifting, grounding and relaxing ❀️ it's been used a lot this summer 🌞
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In between summer holiday hanging out with the small people, I've been planning more Mindful Magic sessions....with all natural, eco, sustainable craft activities and I can't WAIT to share in our sessions and on my blog 😍🌿 πŸ‘
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#mindfulmagicmovement
#mindfulmoments #mindfulcrafts #mindfulnesstools #mindfulkids 
#mindfulfamilies #mindfulfun
  • These little people and their emotions.  Do you find it easy to detach from them? To not get swept up in whatever disaster befalls them?! πŸ€ͺ I do not find it easy πŸ™ˆ I've been thinking about this a lot over the hols...so easy to take their emotions on - to try and fix them, or just by living in our heads and being caught up.... My husband is amazing at this but I have to remind myself 😬
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✨Remember that everything is ok. There's nothing 'wrong' with your child, balance will be restored! βš–οΈ
✨Use your pause button, check in with yourself and share the idea with your kids (in a calm moment πŸ™). Notice if you're getting sucked in and it's amazing for them to start to notice how they are feeling.
✨Remember you are not your emotions or thoughts, and neither is your child. You can let the thoughts pass, like the clouds in the sky. The storm will pass! ✨Name the feeling - @drdansiegel
and @tinapaynebrysontalk about naming the emotion as a way of connecting the emotional right side of the brain with the reasoning left side.
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How do you find this? What tips do you have to share? πŸ˜ŠπŸ€— If you'd like to chat more...I'm co-hosting an event on 14 September in #hampton - mindfulness meets doTERRA essential oils and we'll be sharing lots of gorgeous tips ❀️ Booking link in my profile! .
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#mindfulness #mindfulnesstools
#mindfulliving #mindfulmoments #staycalm #embracetheemotions #thewholebrainchild

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