Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

Mindfulness animations on change, calm, and connection

How do we embrace Impermanence and Change in the face of losing the futures and securities we’d imagined? Mindfulness might help. This promotional animation from the team at Headspace reminds us that change is constant and the future moments we imagined were just that… ideas in our minds.

When we can be more comfortable with the idea of constant change, we may become better equipped to let go, to go with the ebb and flow of our circumstances, and to help our minds find more elasticity and freedom in the present.

surfing the ebbs and flows
Headspace is a popular meditation and mindfulness app founded by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe and entrepreneur Rich Pierson. They’ve partnered with the state of New York on a “special NY collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises” to help communities who are going through stressful and challenging times. From Psychology Today:

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present. This state encompasses observing one’s thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad.

To live mindfully is to live in the moment and reawaken oneself to the present, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future…

Mindfulness is frequently used in meditation and certain kinds of therapy. It has many positive benefits, including lowering stress levels, reducing harmful ruminating, and protecting against depression and anxiety. Research even suggests that mindfulness can help people better cope with rejection and social isolation.

Puddicombe narrates these promotional animations, as well as the app’s guided meditations for kids and adults alike. The exercises cover anxiety, focus, sleep, stress, work, and more.

headspace on looking for blue sky
In this animation about finding calm, Puddicombe explains that “the blue sky is a perfect metaphor for the mind. And no matter what happens in life, it’s always worth looking for it.”

The Blue Sky animation also comes in Spanish:

“When we meditate, how do we feel like we’re not alone? By embracing the idea that there are others feeling the same way as you.” We can connect to others by acknowledging the happiness and sadness that we share. Explore our Shared Human Condition in the animation below.

mindfulness and enduring together

Also recommended: Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents), a book and CD. Find it at Bookshop.org or on Amazon.

Then watch more videos about mindfulness and emotions :
The Story of the Two Wolves
• How to keep calm under pressure: 3 quick tips from BBC Ideas
• How to Forgive
• The Benefits of Boredom
• The Importance of Staring Out Of The Window

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

The Uses of Envy

Rion Nakaya

Hedgehog in the Fog (Ёжик в тумане)

Rion Nakaya

How to deal with anxiety from change and how to be at peace with the unknown

Rion Nakaya

The psychology behind ‘Us vs Them’

Rion Nakaya

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

Rion Nakaya

Where does compassion come from?

Rion Nakaya

Why are we so attached to our things? – TED Ed

Rion Nakaya

How to change anxiety into excitement

Rion Nakaya

How To Forgive

Rion Nakaya