What is Mindfulness?

What is Emotional Intelligence?

What are Sm’Heart Skills?

Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment by noticing your thoughts, emotions & feelings, physical sensations of body, and/or surrounding environment.

Mindfulness can be a state of mind in the present moment, and more importantly,

over time, it can become an enduring personal trait or a way of being.


Mindfulness includes the intentional nurturing of positive states of mind

such as kindness and compassion for oneself and for others. 


See our Grateful Moments 2018 Challenge!


Why Mindfulness is a Superpower

“Mindfulness is the ability to know what’s happening in your head

at any given moment without getting carried away by it.”

~Dan Harris, “Why Mindfulness is a Superpower”

Mindfulness + Emotional Intelligence = Sm’Heart Skills

Whether you are 5, 25, or 55, mindfulness is foundational to emotional intelligence to support us throughout our experiences and stages in life. 

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your emotions, and to understand and respond effectively to the emotions of others. Imagine how beneficial that would be for children/teens, for parents, for educators, or for anyone, including YOU!!!

According to CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to: 

  • understand and manage emotions,
  • set and achieve positive goals,
  • feel and show empathy for others,
  • establish and maintain positive relationships, 
  • and make responsible decisions.

Source http://www.casel.org/what-is-sel/

At MK YOU,  we call it “Sm’Heart” skills (pronounced “smart”): the inner resources for emotional resilience and well-being.

Sm’heart skills involves the understanding, awareness, and management of emotions, aligned with your positive core values and intentions when making decisions, problem solving, or creating to achieve the very best version of YOU! Through mindfulness practices, you (children, teens, and adults) can learn and practice “Sm’Heart” skills for a greater awareness of emotions, thoughts, and sensory input. You will also practice HOW to manage those emotions and thoughts, as well as how to create the space to allow the thinking mind to align with the heart. In so doing, the outcome is aligned with who you want to BE in this world! In so doing, you make a positive impact on the world around you.

With practice, mindfulness can help you learn to pause, without reacting in an automatic or habitual way. A moment of mindful awareness presents an opportunity for choosing how to move forward with presence, with compassion, clarity, curiosity, and with heart by aligning with your core values. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” (~Charles Swindoll) You can learn that experiences don’t have to overwhelm you and how to remain calm and centered through life’s ups and downs. Most of us live our lives on “automatic pilot” – we allow our “default” setting to react to life rather than responding consciously. e are unaware of how much we are living in a cloud of thoughts and emotions about the past or consumed with worry about the present, missing what is happening or what is to appreciate in the present moment.

At Mindful Kindful YOUniversity we blend neuroscience, social emotional learning, and evidence based practices of mindfulness, movement, and yoga to cultivate these core competencies and essential life skills. Mindful. Kindful. Skillful.



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MK YOU Blogs by Dee DiGioia that you may be interested in:

7 Questions Every School Should Answer

An Incomplete Education ~ What is Missing?

Magic Breathing Ball

Mindfulness In Education? Skills for the 21st Century

Mindfulness Seeds of the Heart

News Story on Digital Citizenship is Timely Again and Again

Why I Teach MIndfulness