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The week is designed to give an all round experience of sport, wellness, leadership and personal empowerment to a group 32 girls aged between 8-11.
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I’ve been facilitating my Body Intelligence to kick off the energy games every morning and to relax, let go and sleep in the evening. One thing I found really fun is that my teaching style does not change for such a young group of participants. I’m much more accustomed to teaching senior leaders, and also more recently young adults in their 20s - and so to work with young children is a great opportunity for me to see if the work translates and works across all ages.
And I noticed that it does. Because the foundation of what I share is essentially how to be kind to yourself, to your inner child. And because these girls are young, they are closer to their inner child. However they are still under the influence of social conditioning just as much as adults, so my delivery is exactly the same for that reason. The work is about melting and releasing the many layers of conditioning that sadly have us believe that we are not enough and the biggest job is to bypass the critical inner voice that offers a constant stream of unsolicited commentary…
Please consider the following questions of self inquiry:
- What if your inner voice was nothing but love?
- What if you were the first one to congratulate yourself every time you did something well?
- What if even when you did something “wrong” your inner voice was the first to comfort you with kind, supportive words?
- And what if no matter whatever happened, you were ok with you?
In this vein, this morning I taught a self kindness practice of the 3 Ps which in Spanish (when in Spain…) is: Palabras Positivas Personales which translates as positive words to myself. This is a simple way to set an intention for the day. I asked if anyone knew what an intention was and I think about 2 put their hands up. So I made it super simple and explained that it means in the morning I say lovely things to myself and create a nice day in my mind.
I gave a personal example of the fact that this morning I woke up with tummy ache (as I can never get used to late Spanish eating times at night) and nor can my stomach. I also woke up feeling slightly nervous and not full of beans. So I set a lovely positive intention and my mood really did instantly change! It was quite remarkable. By teaching using personal examples, making myself vulnerable like that and demonstrating that its not only okay but normal to feel odd, it gives everyone else permission to just be yourself.
That very evening in our circle sharing many girls shared that they’d had a good day because of their personal positive intention.
So I’ll finish by telling you what mine is, I always say to myself, ‘you’re doing so well, well done!’
And so are you!