05/26/2010 09:48 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Mindfulness Isn't a Crystal Ball, But Clarity Can Be Magical (VIDEO)

Snow globes are not only some of my favorite knick-knacks, but they're also a perfect tool to illustrate the clear perspective that we can developed with mindfulness meditation. When you shake a snow globe, the snow falls on a tiny New York City, a miniature Eiffel Tower, or a little Santa's Village. First, there's a blizzard that obscures all; and then, when the snow settles on the bottom of the globe, all is clear again.

I like to use snow-globes to illustrate how mindfulness can help kids and teens see their inner and outer life experience clearly because they really enjoy them. Unfortunately, they have a way of breaking. This is why I have become partial to the glitter ball. While glitter balls might lack the internal landscape of the snow globe, I can just stuff one in my pocket, my purse or my glove compartment and know that, not only will it be handy and ready-to-go, but it won't leak all over everything. A glitter ball sometimes lacks the poetry of a snow globe, but on a positive note, it can bounce!

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