For Children, Mindfulness Starts with Being Outside

The lives of kids today can feel frenzied, chaotic, and disjointed. Between busy schedules and the pandemic increasing the amount of time that kids spend in front of screens, it can feel almost impossible to build a distraction-free space. That’s why the first step should be a step outside!

One of the most beautiful things about nature is the scope of time it offers – snow melts and carves mountains, trees grow, tectonic plates collide and move apart. In these motions that reshape the world and take hundred, thousands, and sometimes millions of years, kids can access a sense of deep presence.

Use the activity below to help the kids in your life start their journey to mindfulness through nature!


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Mallika Chopra

About the Author

Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and published author. Her most recent book, Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy, was published in April 2015. Mallika is the founder of, a platform focused on personal, social, and global wellness. Mallika has taught meditations to thousands of people. She enjoys speaking to audiences around the world, including TedX and the Women’s Conferences. She has shared ideas on balance and purpose at many companies, including Coca Cola, Disney, LinkedIn and Google. Mallika’s writing and work have been featured in many publications including, Self Magazine, Women’s Health, Prevention Magazine, OWN, Glamour,, Mind Body Green, the LA Times, and Huffington Post. She currently is featured in Time Magazine’s Special Issue on Mindfulness.

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