'My flatmate ate my leftover pizza' meditation

This guided meditation is designed to help students who are feeling frustrated about something to relax before they react.

Year Level

7-12

Duration

5 minutes

Type

  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

  • Students practise meditation using resistance.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • use muscle relaxation techniques to meditate
  • use strategies to cope with everyday issues.

ACTIVITY 01

Instructions 5 min

Ask students to write down three words that describe how they are currently feeling.

  1. Invite your students to sit in a comfortable position, with back straight and hands resting on their legs, desk or lap.
  2. As a group, watch the video clip My flatmate ate my leftover pizza.
  3. Ask students to write down three words that describe how they are feeling now. (It’s okay if they are the same words as before the meditation.)
  4. Invite students to discuss the following questions with a partner:
    • Did this meditation change the way you were feeling? Why/Why not?
    • The technique used in this meditation is called ‘resistance meditation’. What do you think this technique is trying to achieve?
    • Can you think of a time when you would find this meditation useful?

A meditation can be a great way to clear and calm the mind when you’re feeling everyday frustrations such as being hungry. This activity uses resistance meditation, which teaches students how to relax before reacting to a frustrating situation. Providing students with an opportunity to talk about everyday frustrations and inconveniences and ways to manage them improves their mental health and wellbeing.