During session 3 we explored the connection between mindfulness and the brain. Adolescents struggle with emotional and impulsive regulation because important parts of their brains are changing quickly during this developmental stage. Teaching them about the brain can provide them with an understanding of what is happening, which can help them deal with emotional experiences more effectively.
When children understand what’s happening in the brain, it can be the first step to having the power to make choices… Sometimes our brains can become overwhelmed with feelings of fear, sadness or anger, and when this happens, it’s confusing—especially to children. So giving children ways to make sense of what’s happening in their brain is important. It’s also helpful for children to have a vocabulary for their emotional experiences that others can understand.
In our group we discussed Dan Siegel’s Brain Hand Model, and this article, from Mindful.org, provides us with another tool.