Today I attended an inter-faith mindfulness workshop for parents and teachers taught a a meditation center in Sri Lanka. A technique was introduced referred to as “the mind-jar”.
The mind-jar is simply a jar filled with water and glitter. [How to Make a Mind Jar]
It is used in teaching mindfulness to children as an illustration of our states of mind: When the mind-jar is rested, the glitter is at the bottom of the jar and the water is clear. When the mind-jar is agitated, the glitter swirls restlessly in the jar making the water unclear.
Beyond being an apt and rather beautiful illustration of the states of mind, the mind-jar can serve as a calming tool. When children are agitated or restless, they can shake the mind-jar and as the glitter calms and settles slowly to the bottom of the jar children are invited to calm their own minds.