5 ways to use mindful activity cards to restore happiness and balance
Mindful activity cards are a great resource for helping you to become more mindful. Being mindful from an Islamic perspective allows you to remain focused on your inner state but also on Allah . For example, concentrating on a dua you are making and being aware of the state of your heart and body. It definitely helps you to connect to Allah and feel the gratitude and love in your heart for Him.
Mini Mindful Muslims have developed an amazing pack of mindful activity cards that can be separated in to three categories which are colour coordinated. The groups are mindful activity cards to promote calm, cards to help your focus and cards that encourage positivity. This makes them a must have resource for anyone with mental health issues whether it’s parents or children. The 25 cards can used by both adults and children alike. With beautiful colourful illustrations and child friendly instructions, using them is a doddle!
For those of you who may not be familiar with mindfulness, there’s no need to fret because an information booklet is also provided. It explains the concept of mindfulness and basic muraqabah and how this all ties in with Islam. It also tells you the colour key and gives you more information about the author and illustrator.
Here are 5 ways to use mindful activity cards to restore happiness and balance!
1) Mindful activity cards for Muslims!
I haven’t come across any mindfulness cards aimed at Muslims except these. It’s a brilliant way to teach children about how everything in our lives should be centered round Allah . This builds love for Allah and tawakkal in him too. With activity cards such as mindful imagination of the Kabah you are able to keep Allah in your thoughts often. You imagine yourself standing in front of the Kabah, and imagine the sights, sounds and smells. Then you make dua for Allah to invite you there. Beautiful!
2) Brilliant resource to teach children about focus
These mindful activity cards really promote clarity and focus. The mindful heartbeat exercise card encourages children to focus on their heartbeat after jumping up and down. Not only is this fun for children and a great way to burn off some pent up energy but they also get to practice sitting quietly after and observing the effects. What I love about this concept is it teaches children to be in tune with their body and to trust those feelings. Imagine one day in the future your child is in a potentially dangerous situation. They cannot articulate the fear yet, but their body is alert because some part of their brain identifies a threat is present. They will recognise the intensity and speed of their heartbeat and know it’s not how it usually is. They will then in sha Allah be able to recognise something is wrong and act on it.
3) Promoting calm in children and adults
The mindful cloud watching is by far my favourite card. Watching clouds pass by you think about what the cloud looks like. You then liken the clouds to your thoughts that drift away. Giving the cloud a label which is connected to what you happen to be thinking of at the time, you watch it float away. I would incorporate two additional things to this: one to be aware that Allah made the clouds and think about which feelings that evokes within you. Imagine Allah’s Throne is above the clouds, and be aware of how high up that must be. The second would be a ‘letting go’ exercise. Think of something that has been bothering you recently, attach that thought to the cloud. As the cloud floats away let that thought float away out of your mind and out of your life knowing we put our trust in Allah who controls everything and loves us.
4) Encouraging positivity
With the mindful happy memory card you are encouraged to recall a happy memory. You then notice where you feel the happiness and positivity radiating from. Finally, you stay with that memory for as long as it suits you. This might sound simplistic but I can’t stress its effectiveness. Imagine being able to escape to that happy place whenever you feel stressed or down! It’s excellent for people who suffer from anxiety, depression, BPD and even maybe ADHD. The exercise both grounds and calms you. The happy memories act as an anchor for those troubled times when you are struggling to cope.
5) Connecting families
The last way that these mindful activity cards can restore happiness and balance is by connecting families. These cards encourage family time where you are bonding over a shared activity. It’s something that’s unique to just you and the kids. Even if they carry out these activities with someone else, the reflections won’t be replicated because everyone is different. For those of you who like me are trying to rebuild a connection with your children, these cards are a great way to start. What’s great is that even young children can join in using their ‘tummy breaths’ mentioned! There are activities that suit all ages: mindfully washing your hands is perfect for toddlers, grounding exercises are great for tweens, mindful cloud watching is honestly perfect for teens who just want to chillax and mindful dhikr is great for adults!
I really love these cards by Mindful Mini Muslims, there’s a great mix of activities to do indoors and outdoors. I’m constantly on the lookout for resources and activities that can aid my mental health and help me work on my relationship with Allah . These mindful activity cards even work as a parenting resource, alhamdulillah they so many things in one! I know mindfulness can sound a bit New Age and western, but I promise the more you get to know about it the more you’ll see how it can bring you closer to Allah and increase your eeman, something we should all be striving for!
A video review from a mum of 4, Nazia Akhtar, explaining how much she loves Mini mindful muslims!