SPARKLERS / Mindfulness

Birdsong mindfulness

DoC recordings of native birdsong all prepped for mindfulness, imaginative writing, tummy breathing time - you choose.
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He aha ai? – Why we love it

Countless research reveals the positive effect nature has on our wellbeing - our tinana, hinengaro and wairua especially. A few benefits include:

  • What we see, hear and experience can change our mood.
  • Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to our physical wellbeing.
  • Being in nature reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.

What’s extra amazing is that we don’t even have to be in nature to experience the benefits. This study showed that having pot plants in a workplace or even just being able to see a beautiful image or view reduces stress. Pretty cool eh?

Hei mahi - What to do

We’ve been working with the Department of Conservation who have given us access to some amazing bird-song.

We've been able to add to these some design and subtle movement in the clip if you know this might help your tamariki listen, focus and relax.

There are many ways you can use these recordings, here's just few options:

Ask tamariki to just be still and listen to the recording. You may choose to do this individually, over zoom or as a class.

  • You might use tummy breathing while they listen
  • You might kōrero about what it reminds them of - where, when, what time of day, what can they smell, who are they with?
  • Can you feel a poem or piece of writing coming - us too!
  • You might also like to research the bird… why is this so memorable for us? What if it’s new - what are your thoughts - how big is this bird? Does it fly? What does it eat? Where would I go to see it?

What next?

You might like to explore some manu waiata. We love Fatcat and Fishface and their Birdbrain album and Mr Roberelli's Where's the Piwakawaka.

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