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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 isnโ€™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 found Wilbur playing in the box with his cars a few days ago and I had to share it ๐Ÿ˜‚ In his little mindful zone. I hope everyone is well and being kind to themselves...the sunshine definitely helps โ˜€๏ธ
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I was reflecting earlier on what lockdown has taught me or reminded me so far...and the thing I KEEP coming back to is time for myself. I mean, obviously hours of time to myself isn't going to happen, but taking time to nourish myself. And I wrote in big capitals in my journal this morning that I am responsible for that. Others can help me achieve it, like Tim throwing the kids in the garden or entertaining them, but I have to make sure I take even just a little snippet of time to check in with myself. I find it easy to slip into thinking I "have" to do certain things, and that nugget of time gets eaten up ๐Ÿค—
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If you feel like you might need some inspiration to encourage you to check in with yourself and find a little more space in your day - we have the tonic for you! I'm joining the lovely Sophie and Lydia for a mindfulness for mums session live on the @we_got_this_tw tonight at 830pm โค๏ธ We'll be talking about mindfulness, what it is and isn't, as well as sharing some gorgeous little mindful checking-in exercises and finishing with a wonderful guided relaxation at the end ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธโญ
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  • I am so delighted to be joining Sophie + Lydia of the fabulous @we_got_this_tw to chat about all things mindfulness for mums, this Sunday at 830pm. I am planning a fully open and honest chat about how mindfulness has (and continues!) to save me, some simple and accessible tools and ideas for you, with a lovely guided meditation to finish. So find yourself a cosy (undisturbed!) corner, a blanket, a cuppa and come join us ๐Ÿค—
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This is NOT about adding anything more to DO to your day. You don't even need to find an extra ten minutes a day. It's also not a magic wand and I'm not promising to transform motherhood into an easy, blissful experience ๐Ÿ™ˆ Rather I'm offering some simple, accessible ways to simply take the edge off. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, right?! .

Can't wait! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™
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You cannot pour from an empty cup. Join us this Sunday at 20.30 for an Instagram Live session with @effie_and_ros_mindfulness as we take part in a live Mindfulness for Mums session to relax and reset ready for the week ahead #selfcaresundays #wegotthis #wegotyou #wegotthistw
  • This is one of my absolute fave activities. I'm sharing again as it's a great one for the kids at home. You just need air dry clay and some foraged nature pretties ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒผYou could even use salt dough which is super easy to make. Roll your clay out between sheets of baking paper till it's reasonably thin, then press your flowers, leaves, sticks, shells even, into the clay. We left ours till the clay had started to harden, then gently pull then out and enjoy the incredible imprints left by the flowers โค๏ธ
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We had fun foraging and it's an amazing amazing way of noticing all the veins on leaves and the intricacies of flowers and natural goodies. Really appreciating the beauty of the flowers. One of mine painted hers and the other two left theirs as they are. If you make little pencil holes before the clay gardens you can hang it when it's dry ๐Ÿ™Œ Wilbur was only two when we first did this.
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Simple and satisfying ๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธ
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A lovely little mindful breathing exercise is to hold a flower, breathe in and smell the flower, breathe out and gently watch the petals moving with the breath. In and out. Breathing iiiiinnn lots of calm ๐Ÿ™
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  • How can I possibly be fully present with all the million things I need to juggle right now? ๐Ÿง Does all the chat about mindfulness seem a bit inaccessible, unrealistic, not for you? Stay with me for a moment ๐Ÿ™
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Being present means not attaching yourself to a particular outcome. Not getting caught up in your thoughts about whatever it is that's dwelling in your mind. Your feeling of what should happen, 'has' to happen, what you expect to happen. Your attachment to things being a particular way. We (I!) feel overwhelm because we get caught up in thinking we HAVE to do certain things. Except we don't. Things can't go the 'normal' way at the moment. Our regular expectations and outcomes are mostly out the window for now. Which makes it more likely we will get caught up in what?! How?! Why?! ARGHHH ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ™ˆ
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The thing is we DO have a choice. If we can start to keep ourselves in THIS moment, rather than drifting into the future or past. If we can stay present, rather than depending or focusing on a particular set of outcomes, so less worrying about the future THEN we can let go of the "what ifs", the panicking about how things have changed. And with that comes a huge amount of peace and calm.
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It's not an overnight fix (sorry) but it is a helpful one, in my mind. Take the time to notice - just to be aware when your mind is wandering, anxious or catastrophising. Sometimes I literally tell myself 'we are not doing this right now' ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Does this make any sense?! I'll be guiding a relaxation/meditation for adults at 9pm live if you'd like a little time out, and reading one of my fave kids stories about our emotions by @bron_ballard at 645pm. Also in my FB group xx
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  • Today was spent making home-made paint brushes out of sticks and learning about snails ๐ŸŒโค๏ธ If in doubt, do something to do with nature, that's my quarantine moto ๐Ÿ™Œ We've just signed up to @raisinglittleshoots #exploringnaturewithchildren and we're on snail week this week. I didn't know how that would go down as week one but kids have LOVED it. The girls both started their own nature journal and filled it with some awesome facts - did you know snails have one lung and breath through a hole under their shell?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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We found a couple of shells in the garden, then went out for a walk and found loads more empty ones, including the tiniest of shells - it was whole when we found it but it was so so fragile it broke really easily. Then my littlest threw his car in the bushes ๐Ÿ˜ฌ and while we were hunting for it we found the elusive snail ๐Ÿฅฐ AND recovered the car! Yay all round.
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This is the perfect example for me of how much natural flow, mindfulness, innate joy we all have within us. And how much mindfulness and involvement in the present moment nature provides us with. Has nature been your sanctuary too??
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