We are so excited and energized and grateful to be writing this #MindfulnessMonday post today because we had such a wonderful, supercharged day yesterday with everyone who came out in support of Childhood Cancer Canada. We mentioned a little while ago that we were hosting this amazing event with Childhood Cancer Canada at Union Yoga and it was honestly more than we thought it would be. We spent 2 hours with the children doing yoga, reading 2 books on Mindfulness (Sarah Kraftchuk's, Love to Be Me and I Am. Magical Me) and making happiness jars. What is a happiness jar you may ask? Well, it is a jar full of colourful water and glitter of course! Each child was given a jar with water and they were given the opportunity to choose what colour to make their water (with the help of food colouring) and then put in glitter, sequins and gemstones. With each sequin or gemstone they put in they were instructed to think of something that made them feel happy. And, then they got to decorate the outside of the jar with stickers and take it home as theirs to keep. The jar is meant to serve as a source of happiness and joy, so the kids were told to shake the jar and all the happy thoughts they put in there whenever they feel sad.
The children had a ball, but really, I think myself and the adults may have even had more fun! Watching the children discover yoga, some for the first time, and watching them play as they created their jars was inspiring. It reminded us the importance of play! Sometimes as adults, we lose our sense of play, but we have to remember to hold onto it. To smile, to laugh, to make silly faces, to jump up and down and of course, to play with glitter!! It also reminded us how good it feels to give of ourselves to others. It can be hard to find time to engage in community work or charity work when we can sometimes barely find time to shower. But, when we can, we should because it is SO good for the soul.
So, when you can, fuel your soul with smiles, with giggles, with play and with acts of kindness!
Thanks again to all the volunteers who supported the event this weekend.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.