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Mindfulness&Calligraphy Challenge

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The Mindfulness&Calligraphy challenge is an interactive way to introduce the concept of mindfulness through mindfulness and calligraphy exercises.

Aims of the tool

The aim is to facilitate the learning of a few mindfulness exercises, which the participants can use in their everyday lives.
Mindfulness is a powerful concept in non-formal education, as it contributes to the personal development of the participants, by promoting non-judgemental and compassionate awareness of the thoughts and personal experience of life.
Calligraphy as a non-formal education method can be used in graphic facilitation, creativity and artistic exercises.

Description of the tool

The tool contains a printable document with 26 sentences regarding mindfulness, for each one of the letters of the alphabet. Each sentence contains a highlighted letter, that is written with a modern calligraphy font. The facilitators should print the sentences and cut them into small pieces of paper, (containing only one sentence) and put them in a jar. The participants extract the sentences from the jar. According to message that they have extracted, they are supposed to do the mindfulness task written on the paper and practice the highlighted letter of a different piece of paper or personal notebook. Through this exercise they will learn a mindfulness exercise and a certain modern calligraphy letter. After the first round they can exchange the pieces of paper in a few more rounds, so that they can learn different mindfulness exercises and letters.

Calligraphy is a simple way to experience mindfulness (full awareness of the present moment, the state when we are living "here and now") because through simple writing exercises we focus our attention only on the present moment, on the writing instruments, the paper and the beautiful letters.

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Tool overview

Mindfulness&Calligraphy Challenge

http://toolbox.salto-youth.net/2709

This tool is for

Ideally for 26 persons, so that the sentences do not repeat but can be done in larger groups

and addresses

Personal Development

It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges

Materials needed:

Printed sentences with mindfulness exercises
Writing instruments (pen, pencil)
Paper

Duration:

The tool can be used as an introductory exercise to the concept of mindfulness in which every participant extracts one sentence and after completing the task they share the mindfulness exercise to the group as part of debriefing (2 hours).

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Association SOARE

in the context of

The tool was developed as a part of the dissemination phase of "Mindfulness&Calligraphy" Erasmus + youth exchange project, that took place in Iasi, Romania, from 22nd to 29th of August 2019.

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Teona Dragut-Sorocianu (on 6 January 2020)

and last modified

5 January 2020

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