Still Quiet Place,
written and spoken by Dr Amy Saltzman
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The Still Quiet Place is a place of peace and happiness that is alive inside of each of us. It is a comforting place to visit at anytime, but especially if we are having a bad day – feeling angry, sad, scared, or lonely. As children learn to meet their feelings in the Still Quiet Place, they may discover that their feelings are not as powerful as they seem.
Children, teens and adults who visit the Still Quiet Place frequently find that life is more enjoyable; they are kinder to themselves, and calmer and more creative when they are having difficulties with friends, family, school, sports and other activities.
One of the easiest ways to find the Still Quiet Place is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply paying attention to your life experience here and now with kindness and curiousity. The Still Quiet Place CD introduces many short meditations and mindfulness practices that are suitable for young children. It helps children (and adults!) to become more aware of their bodies, their breathing, thoughts and actions. Still Quiet Place is a wonderful way to introduce self-awareness and mindfulness, and to reduce stress. As well as the children's meditations, the CD also includes an adult introduction to mindfulness along with a Brief Sit for adults.
1. Children's Intro (3:26 mins)
2. Treasure (3:42 mins)
3. Jewel (3:49 mins)
4. Feelings (3:47 mins)
5. Otter (3:41 mins)
6. Wilds (3:37 mins)
7. Loving Kindness (4:20 mins)
8. Teepee (3:27 mins)
9. Bubbles (3:50 mins)
10. Pebbles (4:02 mins)
11. Mountain (8:49 mins)
12. Body Scan (11:06 mins)
13. Adult Intro (7:13 mins)
14. Brief Sit (12:48 mins)
About the Author:
Dr. Amy Saltzman is a holistic physician, mindfulness coach, scientist, wife, mother, devoted student of transformation, long-time athlete, and occasional poet. Her passion is supporting people of all ages in enhancing their well being, and discovering the Still Quiet Place within. She is recognized by her peers as a visionary and pioneer in the fields of holistic medicine and mindfulness for youth.
Dr. Saltzman has offered mindfulness to young people from pre-K to college undergrads in socioeconomically diverse school, and community settings. She has conducted two research studies evaluating the benefits of teaching mindfulness to child-parent pairs, and to children in low-income elementary schools; these research projects were conducted in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.
Dr. Saltzman is trained in Internal Medicine, a founding diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, and a founding member of the Northern California Advisory Committee on Mindfulness. She served on the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association for eight years, and was the first medical director of the integrative Health and Healing Clinic, at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco . In 2002, Dr. Saltzman established a private practice in Menlo Park , CA , where she provides holistic medical care and individual mindfulness instruction to children, teens and adults. She also offers presentations and courses for young children, teens, parents, educators, and health care professionals.
Video clip of Dr Amy Saltzman talking with children about the 'Almost Moment':
"I love it! The exercises are so easy, yet powerful for children of any age to connect with themselves. Thank you Amy!" - Julie Brown (from CD Baby)
Reviewed by: Kim Green-Spangler and her young Assistant (from Storknet)
"I received my copy of Still Quiet Place by Dr. Amy Saltzman with much excitement. I was interested in introducing my child to the practice of anything quiet! Still Quiet Place seemed like a good place to start.
The exercises on the CD were developed through trial and error by Dr. Saltzman while interacting with her own children. The CD is educational in terms of making children more aware of themselves, while delivering a healthy dose of creativity and awesome fun. Parents should listen to the Adult Intro on the CD to learn about why Dr. Saltzman created the Still Quiet Place and her suggestions for how to utilize this tool.
The first few tracks of the CD introduce the children to their very own still quiet place and shows them how to get there, how to visualize it, and how they can use it. One of my favorite tracks is Otter, where you're asked to pretend to be - you guessed it! - a member of the furry mammal clan. My other favorite is Body Scan. It's an exercise I've used for years to ease myself into sleep and have taught it to my Assistant. Hearing the exercise on Still Quiet Place simply reinforced the practice and it is now an almost nightly habit. The CD alone is worth it for this exercise. There have been fewer sleepless nights for all of us! A definite win-win!
My Assistant liked the Otter track too. A few favorites were Wilds (where you get to act out and observe energy), Loving Kindness (in which you can visualize the loving feelings you have towards someone (including yourself) and let those feelings envelope you), Bubbles (where you get to actually use bubbles during the exercise - so stock up on the bottles of bubbles and don't lose the wand!), and Pebbles (where you get to use ten of your favorite stones, you could even precede the exercise with a little pebble collection.)
While the focus of the CD is on children, there's some fun for adults as well. Try Mountain with your child(ren). Aptly named when you realize that you're going to be doing yoga poses! This is a fun way to introduce yoga to a child. It embraces the silliness (wobbles) while still challenging them to hold a pose. (You'll never guess who held poses the longest during our game.) My Assistant was an excellent pose holder, though giggles were often overheard! Note: I know you'll be amazed at the flexibility the children will have. I know I was!
The Still Quiet Place CD seems geared towards helping little ones (and the adults too) become more mindful of their bodies, breathing, thoughts and actions. It's an excellent tool to teach self-awareness to reduce stress and allow children the time and space to create a new beginning after a rough start. My Assistant and I highly recommend it."