I think we all know the feeling of being overwhelmed by a jumble of non-stop thoughts or strong emotions. The pond metaphor shows children how to observe and accept their thoughts and feelings without allowing themselves to get all caught up in them---a key component of mindfulness.
I came across this metaphor on the website www.100hours.org.
-one-page printable story students may read on their own
-version of the same story that an adult may read aloud to a class or group as a guided mindfulness exercise
-"What's in Your Pond?" coloring page
-"Be the pond" poster to hang as a visual reminder
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