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Pandas and children have many things in common. In some cultures, the panda symbolises many characteristics that resonate with mindfulness and life skills that all children (and adults) need to thrive in our modern world.
The panda is one of the most adorable creatures on the planet, as well as one of the most powerful. The panda symbolises the importance of personal boundaries as well as physical and emotional comfort when times are tough. The panda also symbolises compassion, enjoyment and abundance. When we think of the panda it can help us to slow down and focus on one task, to help nurture the mind and body.
The panda can symbolise our ability to find a balanced path in life. When children have the skills to cope with difficult situations or worries they will have a more balanced life. The gentleness of the panda reminds us that there are some things in life that cannot be resolved with sharp words or brute force. Sometimes you need the words and skills to have a gentle but firm approach to make sure you are heard and understood, giving you power when you lack courage, confidence, or stability. The panda can help remind us to be firm but gentle and earn the respect of those around you.
Symbolising peace and good luck, the panda can show how having a positive outlook on life can make the world of difference. It represents the power of emotions and the importance of patience and moments of stillness.
The panda likes to have their own personal territories. Everyone needs a safe space where you can be relaxed and comfortable. Having time in your day where you can be alone and rest your mind and your body is vitally important. Learning skills to calm and quiet the body and mind are life skills to help maintain a healthy mind and body.
We can use the panda to help remind us of the importance of being grateful for things we have in our life, teaching us to be more aware of our surroundings and helping us to find inner peace. Focusing on the positive and doing away with the negative, all the while being aware of what your emotions and thoughts are, but not focusing on them.
Using the panda to symbolise our Panda Mindfulness Program helps us to:
Just remember, with the right skills you can accomplish anything that you set your mind on. Learning these skills and practicing daily will help build more confident, resilient, peaceful, calm and thoughtful kids and help them grow into the best versions of themselves they can be.