Ice Cube Challenge
Mindfulness is about raising our awareness to our present states. It is a useful tool in many situations: when we feel like our thoughts are racing, when we feel like our worries are weighing us down, when our heart rate is getting elevated, when we feel like we need control… or just any time we want to feel calm, strong, and in-control.
Today’s Mindful Friday Activity is called the Ice Cube Challenge and, similarly to Sound Maps (sense of hearing), this is a sensory activity (sense of touch). But it’s a personal challenge; possibly more of an experiment. You don’t have to challenge any friends, you don’t have to do it around anyone else, and you don’t even have to post about it online.
Start by taking a moment to become still, bringing your attention to the sensation of the breath on your upper lip as it comes in and out. After a minute or so of this (or about 10 slow, quiet breaths), slowly place the ice cube on the palm of your hand. Notice what happens—in your mind and on your skin.
Pay attention to the sensation of the ice, perhaps noticing stinging, burning, or tingly sensations. Pay attention to what story is in your mind, perhaps it is one of needing to wait it out until the cube melts, or feeling scared you’ll damage your skin, or thinking about last winter and the snowman you made. Simply notice what goes on in your mind.
When you notice a thought, simply let it float away like a leaf in a stream. Don’t try to call it back or lead it down a path, and don’t cast any judgment on yourself for not being able to keep your mind quiet. Be grateful that you have such a powerful, active mind and speak
ADK, I Miss You
By Malek Allari
“I am sitting down, right now,
Claiming the memories and emotions when I was with you,
I felt happy and free,
And now I am prisoned in my thoughts,
I remember the sound of your waters outside my cabin,
I remember the sound of birds singing their morning song,
I woke up every day with a smile on my face,
Knowing that your soul is still alive,
I remember the smooth touch of your grass on my skin,
I remember the cold water engulfing my body,
I remember the times you had to comfort us with your rain after a sunny day,
Adirondack, you grew up to be my home,
Now, I am longing to feel your comfort and presence fill me with happiness,
I lost track of time when I was with you, and that made me happy,
I remember sitting on a SUP board and watch the sun dive into your waters,
You will always be in my heart, Adirondack,
For I became one of your warriors,
I am proud of what had become of you,
Became the home of thousands of children,
I miss you, for I never had the time to say goodbye,
I miss you, for I never had enough of you,
I will remember you,
For you changed my life for the better."
Culinary Fun Chopped Challenge
Do you miss whipping up delicious, healthy recipes and learning how to be a top chef in our Lakeview kitchen? Wish you could sign up for Culinary fun this week?
Try the Chopped Challenge!
With an adult’s permission and without leaving your home, have someone in your household choose four ingredients. Then let your creativity shine as you prepare a never-before-eaten recipe!
Want to share your creation with the ADK family? Post a picture of your dish as an Instagram story and tag us @adirondackcamp
For our weekly playlist this week, our Assistant Head of Land Ciaran has put together a playlist of artists from Ireland. You may have heard from a few of these artists before. If you have any suggestions for future Saturday playlist, please let us know!