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Main Office

510 339 6100

1757 Mountain Blvd

Oakland, CA 94611

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mindfulness Resources

Mindfulness Resources to Support Our Community 

During this unsettling time, many families have expressed the desire for mindfulness resources.   The PTA has compiled a simple list of tools and exercises to help you and your children to become more present and calm starting from the inside. Take comfort to know that we are a community–we are in this together, and this moment is temporary.

The Programs PTA team welcomes your feedback and suggestions for additional resources.

Resources for the Whole Family

Free Guided Meditations

Morning “MeditOceans” from the Monterey Bay Aquarium — Let the stress float away with sea turtles and moon jellies

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Apps for Smartphones/Tablets

Calm — Meditation app with meditations for both parents and children (free trial available)

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Headspace — Music-based meditation app for help with getting to sleep, introduction to meditation  Learn More

Smiling Mind — Free meditation app developed by educators and psychologists in Australia (see the free “care packages” Smiling Mind compiled below for more ideas, sorted by age group).

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Waking Up — Meditation app for kids with lots of tips for parents; offering free trial

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Resources for Children

Activities

Smiling Mind “Care Packages” — free guides containing mindfulness activities for children, available by age group

Ages 5-7

Ages 8-10

Ages 11-12

Create a “Pleasant Events Calendar” — Help children cultivate self-compassion by planning enjoyable activities.

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Books

Mindful Monkey Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer

A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

Charlotte and the Quiet Place by Deborah Sosin

Oakland Public Library A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

The 3 Questions by Jon J Muth

Oakland Public Library A Great Good Place for Books Amazon   

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

I AM by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Oakland Public Library Amazon   

What Does it Mean to be Present? By Rana DiOrio, Eliza Wheeler

A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

Unstoppable Me! by Dr. Wayne Dyer

A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

Incredible You by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Oakland Public Library (E-book) A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell

Oakland Public Library A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

Guardians of Being by Eckhart Tolle

Oakland Public Library A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

Milton’s Secret by Eckhart Tolle

Oakland Public Library A Great Good Place for Books Amazon En Espanol

A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Han

A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

Peaceful Piggy by Kerry Lee MacLean

A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

Jack the Jack Pine: A Mindful Discovery by Jennifer Brighton

A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children, Teens, and Families

by Susan Kaiser Greenland

Oakland Public Library A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

I Can Do Hard Things by Gabi Garcia

A Great Good Place for Books Amazon

Resources for Parents

Mindfulness and Self-Care Articles

Into the MagicShop by James Doty, MD

Meditation Practices

Child Mind Institute

How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19

Self Care in the Time of Coronavirus

Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19

Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley

A Loving Space for Kids’ Emotions

Four Ways to Feel Good on a Hard Day in Lockdown

Video: How to be Kinder To Yourself