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Faith Formation: Mindfulness

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech


Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to cultivate and nurture the spiritual and emotional well-being of young people. Here you'll find:

  • Books & Downloads to teach caregivers and engage people of all ages in mindfulness and contemplation
  • Other Book Lists from trusted sources
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles to spark conversation and support practices
  • Webinars & Curricula for further enrichment and expanding practices
  • Find resources for Contemplative Practices here.

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Books for Children

     All the Feelings Under the Sun     The Boy with Big, Big Feelings     Breathe and Be          The Girl with Big, Big Questions     God Made All Your Feelings     A Handful of Quiet by Thich Nhat Hanh     How to Train Your Pet Brain          Mama's Days: Andi Diehn, Ángeles Ruiz: 9781478875994: Books     Monsters Like Us          Help kids understand and manage anxiety to boost their mental health and well-being.     Look Inside One Thursday Afternoon          Look Inside Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts     Cover of Something Happened in Our Park     Help young children recognize difficult feelings and learn anger management techniques.     Sometimes When I’m Sad: A sensitive story to help young children recognize and cope with sadness.          A story about accepting no for an answer and how to handle the feeling of rejection.     We Listen to Our Bodies: A picture book about body awareness and consent.     What Do I Do with Worry?     Picture of What Do You Say to a Dragon??     What's in Your Mind Today?     What to Do When the News Scares You          Yoga Baby     140181     

Journals/Devotionals/Activities for Children

1-Minute Gratitude Journal     All the Feelings Under the Sun               Crafting Calm: Art and Activities for Mindful Kids     Coloring Book and Reflections for Social Emotional Learning: Spanish Edition               Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snel     Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book by Eline Snel     The Worry Workbook

Books for Tweens & Teens

Blessed Youth: Breaking the Silence about Mental Health with Children and Teens          Fighting Invisible Tigers 2019     Find Your Fierce     Chapter Books to Encourage Mindfulness & Gratitude          A Place Inside of Me     Struggle to Be Strong 2019     Help teens make informed decisions with judgment-free information about addictive behaviors.          Your New Playlist: The Student's Guide to Tapping into the Superpower of  Mindset: Acuff, Jon, Acuff, L.E., Acuff, McRae: 9781540902481:  Books

Journals/Devotionals/Activities for Tweens & Teens

     Dream Up Now: The Teen Journal for Creative Self-Discovery          

Books for Adults - General

The Awakened Brain: 9780241401934: Books     Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace               

Books for Parents

The Awakened Brain: 9780241401934: Books     Breathe through This by Eline Snel     Picture of Forming Resilient Children     Picture of A Mind of Their Own     Not Quite Fine

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

close up of hands in prayer in yogaHelping Teens Lament

By Dietrich Kirk

Mindfulness in Life and Death BY Brooke Schedneck offers a lovely memorial to Thich Nhat Hanh while outlining his role in introducing Mindfulness to the West.

Plum Village

Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village companions share the Teacher's Key Teachings and the podcast, The Way Out Is In.

shared a free downloadable poster of 5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions.

Poetry Unbound: incorporate poetry into a personal or group contemplative practice, worship/liturgical element, or fodder for small group discussions among tweens, teens and/or adults.

Listen to the trailer and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsOvercast, or wherever you listen.

The Labyrinth Society has a page of resources specifically for children.


See our listing for local, regional, and online Contemplative Practices here.

Rev. Emily Meyer is a certified Contemplative Prayer and Small Group Facilitator as well as a certified Mindfulness Instructor. Contact here here.

Rev. Nicole Havelka is a consultant and yogi with numerous areas of training and facilitation including youth-focused, restorative and trauma-informed yoga, Reiki, and Mindfulness.

Webinars & Curricula

Emotion Cards for Kids

To complement their lessons on emotional health in their lesson library, UpLift Kids has produced a limited-run emotion card deck.

Self-Compassion for Girls

In this 10-lesson course, Dr. Karen Bluth explores why self-compassion is a resource that people can learn, put in their toolbox, and use whenever they have a challenging day or even a challenging moment. And crucially, she explains how we can help teenage girls develop self-compassion to aid them in the fight against depression.

Young white female looking solemn while looking out a window covered in raindrops, holding a mug

MHTTC New England offers Seasonal Affective Disorder: Responding to the Winter Blues in the Classroom online toolkit for care providers.

Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth

Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth

The goal of this guide is to review the literature on prevention of marijuana use among youth, distill the research into recommendations for practice, and provide examples of the ways these recommendations can be implemented.

Social Emotional Stories: Lessons and Learning from Plants and Animals     Teenage Archetype Card Deck

Quicksheets #78 Social/Emotional Health is a downloadable inventory that includes practices and activities - to share in small groups or for youth to practice on their own - to help them assess and engage with their emotional well-being.

iBme's website is informative. Retreats and courses may be life-changing.

Picture of Enneagram Essentials These insightful cards are an innovative and uniquely interactive way to learn about and apply the highly popular Enneagram personality model as you uncover your inner feelings, motives, and desires; nurture your empathy and compassion for others; and grow toward the best version of yourself.

8-week study on health and well-being via meditation and spiritual practices; online-friendly.

Includes Student GuideLeader Guide, and free guide for leading virtually.

offering free online Mindfulness Classes for Kids.

Praying with Mandalas: teaches what mandalas are; includes a free downloadable mandala; and comes as an ecourse; youth-adults.

EmpowerU is built to help teens deal with stress and anxiety, including weekly free toolkits and a semester-long curriculum.

MYCepaz is a teen guide to mental well-being and includes calming yoga videos and several links to Mindfulness and Meditation sites, along with resources and supports for emergency interventions; includes a downloadable app to take mindfulness practices for use anywhere and anytime.


Butterfly Prayer — The butterfly prayer in Traci Smith's Faithful Families is a simple practice that anchors us to breath, calm, and movement. She recommended it as a practice to teach children for times of stress and anxiety. This old VIDEO features Smith's boys sharing the practice.

The Center of Mindful Self-Compassion's Dr. Karen Bluth offers teens Lovingkindness for Ourselves.

Official Plum Village mobile app

Thich Nhat Hanh's community offers The Plum Village app (free) and a list of other apps and online tools for meditation and minfulness.

University of Rochester Medical Center's Behavioral Health Partners' Melissa Nunes-Harwitt, LMSW, shares a method called Hand on Heart, to help ease a racing mind/anxiety.

Other Book Lists

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shared 23 CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT EMOTIONS FOR KIDS WITH BIG FEELINGS which is broken down by age group - toddler through young adult - along with books for parents

 offers several books for helping YOUTH deal with a range of emotions.

In Our Library

     The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams     Calm Kids: Help Children Relax with Mindful Activities: Murray, Lorraine  E.: 8601200416527: Books     Everyday Blessings     Just Breathe               Sitting Still Like a Frog     A Still Quiet Place For Teens: A Mindfulness Workbook to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions