Practice Challenge 1: Be Present in Your Body 2018-10-19T18:01:40-06:00

Practice Challenge 1: Be Present in Your Body

Daniel Rechtschaffen

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What You’ll Learn

Tune into the body and begin today with a sense of presence and relaxation.

About Daniel Rechtschaffen

Daniel Rechtschaffen, Marriage and Family Therapist, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education, The Mindful Education Workbook, and Alphabreaths. He is the founding director of Transformative Educational Leadership, a year-long training for educational leaders to integrate mindfulness-based social and emotional learning into school systems worldwide, and organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education Conference and Teacher Training at the Omega Institute. Daniel offers keynote speeches and mindfulness trainings at conferences, schools, and communities around the globe and teaches mindfulness through music, sports, storytelling, games and other creative and engaging ways. He is the founder of the Mindful Education Online Training.

Leanr more about Daniel at his website, and check out Mindful Education and Transformative Educational Leadership.

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  1. Helena October 20, 2018 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Please could someone tell me the basics or give me an outline on how to do this challenge…I missed the video!

  2. Laurie Mortrude October 19, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

    It was so great to feel your calm and serene presence again! Feeling grateful and centered… Mille grazie!

  3. Fran Stone October 19, 2018 at 4:38 am - Reply

    i am just catching up after a busy few days when i havent made time for meditation, so much needed and appreciated,
    thank you

  4. Andra Costache October 19, 2018 at 3:49 am - Reply

    I am very grateful for doing this practice early in the morning, for a fresh and healthy start to my day. Thank you!

  5. Elena October 19, 2018 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Thank you from Italy!

  6. Nicolas October 18, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Wonderful. Thank you so much for creating this platform.

  7. Stan October 18, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Practice! Thank you.

  8. Gimena Galarraga October 18, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Love the feeling of movement and stillness. It reminded of a snow globe. Beautiful thank you

  9. Subrat October 18, 2018 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Nice exercise. When I did it standing I could really feel being grounded into the earth while breathing out as well feeling tall like a redwood when breathing in.

  10. Ann Marie Allara October 18, 2018 at 6:57 am - Reply

    I love the wiggles at the start of this practice- I think that playfulness and opportunity to move before being still will really work with my students- thank you!

  11. Polly October 18, 2018 at 6:34 am - Reply

    nice 🙂

  12. Mila October 18, 2018 at 6:11 am - Reply

    short, sweet and just what I needed. TY!

  13. Dale Conrad October 18, 2018 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Wonderful way to start! I am a little behind but can’t wait to enjoy all the content.

  14. Cristina Anton October 18, 2018 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Nice feeling! Thank you for this exercise! ?

  15. caroline October 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Thank you!

  16. Nayda Morales October 17, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Excelente forma de terminar mi día! Gracias

  17. Pablo October 17, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Muchas gracias!

  18. Marianella Queiruga October 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Thank you!

  19. Patty October 17, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply


  20. Janet October 17, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Nice start to my morning!

  21. Isabel D. Ballerna October 17, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you !great way to start !I am going to be using mindfulness during an Object of the month presentation at the Phoenix Art Museum (I am a docent)with focus on one art work .we do have a practise called slow Art and mindfulness!looking forward to the whole experience!

  22. BARBARA MARIA LORETO LANDA GUAJARDO October 17, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Thank you! It was a helpful way to start

  23. Jan Boydol October 17, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Thank you. I can more easily see how to introduce this simple exercise to my clients

  24. Leo October 17, 2018 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you! It was helpful.

  25. Iry Cristobal October 17, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you.
    I enjoy it very much.
    This visualization about being a tree feels very nice. ?

  26. Rev. Mandara October 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Excellent. Thank you

  27. Cindy October 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Nice, Will this be available on Youtube later?

  28. Monique October 17, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of being strong as well as relaxed. Thank you. 🙂

  29. Ashita October 17, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks for reminding me to schedule it back in my routine. I am planning on getting children to relax before nap time.

  30. Fernando Pinto October 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Done. Really eliciting calm. :-)

  31. Daniela Popa October 17, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you!

  32. Jessica October 17, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! I will be using this mediation to go along with the mindfulness educator training I am doing with Daniel’s program

  33. Gayle Duncan October 17, 2018 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Greetings from the Land Down Under! Thank you, I have started my day with this mindfulness. I look forward to utilising it with my students today-I love the mix of movement and grounding at the start. I think the boys in my class will certainly appreciate this. I also love the contrast of standing/sitting tall (with pride and elongating the spine) and then relaxing and grounding our ‘roots’. A very worthwhile way to be present.

  34. Alexis October 17, 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Enjoyable and very useful thank you.

  35. Ana Cristina Justo Ferreira October 17, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you

  36. María M García October 17, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Gracias por el ejercicio, espero poder implementarlo de manera sistemática en mi vida.

  37. Sangita October 17, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Honestly, I did not think I would be able to focus enough to relax… in the middle of the day, at work, surrounded by all that happens in a school in an urban setting! But, I was mistaken. Even with all that was happening, the sounds of students in the hallway, I was able to take these few minutes and find a sense of calm. So beneficial and needed! Thank you for the opportunity to pause!

    • Stacy October 17, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      YES!!! Very same setting and agreed! 🙂

  38. karen October 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Thank you!!

  39. Kara October 17, 2018 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Thank you for helping me to return to my breath and my body.

  40. Michelle October 17, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Excellent thank you ?

  41. karen pillsworth October 17, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Thank you….most needed today.

  42. Ayesha Tariq October 17, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

    That was fun. I enjoyed the contrast between the movement and the stillness! 🙂

  43. Caitlin October 17, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I have done hundreds of hours of meditation, and this practice was finally, finally!, my first true, notable experience achieving “relaxation” through meditation! It finally clicked! Now I understand better how others often talk about meditation. Amazing!
    And I don’t have to feel like I’m doing it half-a**ed anymore!!! 🙂
    Furthermore, I can easily picture my daughter embracing this too, at home, or with her class at school. Can’t wait to see more!
    Thank you. ??

  44. TRACEL CAROLSFELD October 17, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I loved that you incorporated movement at the beginning of the meditation. I have a hard time settling into a comfortable position because of my fibromyalgia but movement first helped me relax my muscles more, allowing me to focus better. Thank you.

  45. Heidi Neuhauser October 17, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

    This was a perfect challenge to do at my desk in the middle of a workday. Such a great way to relax and recharge… all in 5 minutes. It really helps set the focus for the day and a reminder to take time for self-care. Thank you Daniel! Looking forward to more challenges!

  46. LaRissa October 17, 2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Lovely way to start! LP

  47. Anna October 17, 2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Tingly and grounding at the same time…how lovely and calming…Thank you:-)

  48. Hilke October 17, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Thank you so much. Most of all for your friendly small smile and this voice. ☺️

  49. Mary October 17, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Thank you. 🙂

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