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CALM FOCUS JOY
THE POWER OF BREATH AWARENESS

A Practical Guide for Adults and Children


CALM FOCUS JOY is a practical learning program for parents, teachers, homeschoolers, psychologists, and child-care professionals who want to learn breath awareness meditation and teach it to children. The book offers ten progressively challenging lessons for the adult and a comprehensive, step-by-step program teaching breath awareness to children.

Supporting the practical lessons is a theoretical framework consisting of teaching strategies, read-aloud instructions for children, stories, answers to commonly asked questions, tips for organizing programs, and current scientific research - everything needed to learn breath awareness and teach children this simple meditation technique. The ten one-hour lessons can be given over any number of days and can be used to teach one child or larger groups. Children as young as five and as old as eighteen will enjoy the program and benefit greatly.

Breath awareness is one of the simplest and most effective focus training and mind-developing exercises available today. It is proven to promote brain growth, improve learning, increase focus, reduce stress, and develop empathy. Adults and children who practice regularly gain an abundance of self-knowledge and insight into their amazing mind/body phenomenon. Most everyone who practices feels more peaceful and happy. Here are what breath awareness students are saying:

“I can now sit still longer and listen to my teacher. When I am restless
I focus on my breathing.” --Trevor, Age 12

“Watching my breath helped me CALM DOWN! I want to continue."
--Josh, Age 8

“Practicing breath awareness lets me focus on myself for a while, instead of observing the things around me like I normally do.” --Michelle, Age 10

“I tried a breath awareness workshop; I never imagined that this experience
would be transformational.” --Katy, Age 54

“Calm Focus Joy is an engaging manual that all children should be exposed to. Thompson’s strategies present a clear and plainspoken guide for all ages. I would highly recommend it to teachers and parents for their students and children.”
--Dr. B. Chaudhuri, Psychotherapist and Medical Educator, University of Toronto



HEIDI THOMPSON AT TEDxKELOWNA 2013

ARTICLES
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Common Ground Magazine 1999"


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Published in Essence of Laurel


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