The Chime

Today, choose joy.

Breath work allows us to set an intention and align our body and mind. Although we bring Move Mindfully® into schools and therapeutic settings, the work truly begins with us in our own homes. Often times evenings can feel rushed, shuffling kids from one activity to the next. Mealtime is the perfect opportunity to slow down and connect.

There are a few products from our store that are a staple in my personal home life. My favorite is the chime. Our family begins our mealtime by ringing the chime twice so both boys can have a turn. The chime clears the space, and brings focus to the start of our time together. I find that I often come to the table with thoughts spinning from the day, but when that chime rings I return to the present moment.

ringing the chime before meals

The chime is also a great way to begin lessons with students. See our chime lesson plan on our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

The Chime

After the chime, we go around the table and share a joy from the day.  My husband and I are modeling this for our young children as their brains process the information with mirror neurons. Parents want to solve their children’s problems, but the best way to address unhappiness is to model happiness. Verbally processing how to find joy, or gratitude, in even the most difficult of situations can have a lifelong impact.

As we go around and share our joy, we are forced to slow down and think about the numerous positive moments that filled out day. Even my 20 month old will say in toddler talk, “jaba”, which we then in turn try to translate- “Your joy was playing with a truck?” where he always responds, “Yeah!”. We then take a deep breath together, taking those moments that into our hearts. It takes that one simple joyful moment and multiplies the effect.

As you settle in for a family meal, think about sharing your joy with family. Sometimes the prompt, “What are you thankful for?” promotes responses about objects, especially from children, such as, “My stuffed animals”. When you ask, “What is your joy?” I have found that more often the response is an experience, such as “playing with a friend at recess” or “seeing the big moon this morning”.

Do you have a mealtime tradition of sharing? What has worked well for you? Please leave a comment.

Be Well,
Stephanie Kennelly

4 replies
  1. Lexie K.
    Lexie K. says:

    Instead of asking “How was your day?” my husband asks, “What was the best part of your day?” He then does a great job listening and asking questions that draw out the more intimate, deep details of what made it the “best part.”

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  2. Jen Feriancek
    Jen Feriancek says:

    Love the idea of sharing only a joy around the table – and the reasons behind it. A while back, my teenage daughter brought home from school the idea of “Thorn, Rose, Bud” – something that wasn’t great, something that was great, and something you are looking forward to or hopeful about. Like that it was her idea, but might transform that to leave out the “thorn”. Thank you for getting personal and sharing your family experience. 🙂

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