One Strike of The Chime

The chime communicates information and intention without words. It offers a mindful way of bringing everyone's attention and focus to the same point at the same time. This tool can be especially helpful when we’re feeling stressed, frustrated, or upset. Whether as a teacher, parent, student, or otherwise, we likely know how it feels to be yelled at by someone. So we know that yelling has limited effectiveness, sets a negative tone, and is often a last resort to gaining control. Let’s take a cue from our young students’ mindful mother and use the chime rather than a yell. Check out the ways we use our chime in DMind practices:

  • At the beginning of a practice to draw everyone’s attention to the present
  • As a transition tool – to bring group exercises back together to a format of sharing
  • As a closing centering practice to mindfully draw one’s focus to the entire length the chime can be heard

The chime is a tool in mindfulness. It is an opportunity to gather, it is an invitation to share, and it enables us to always return, with one strike of the chime, back to the present. If you or someone you know would be interested in learning more about how to bring Dynamic Mindfulness and its tools into your school, please join us at one of our upcoming events:

And remember, keep calm and chime on.