The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.
If you are attentive you will see it. – Thich Nhat Hanh
We often ask students to pay attention but do we teach them how?
Mindfulness is a practice that offers students a means of focusing attention and awareness to guide their engagement with their peers, their teachers and the world around them. Using mindfulness, students are compelled to rely on their powers of discernment and wise decision making instead of defaulting to habitual reactions. The self-regulation that results from mindfulness practice fosters individual autonomy and collaborative classroom dynamics. Both point to higher performance and student success – inside the classroom and beyond.
Over the course of my 12 week curriculum, students and teachers develop fluency in mindfulness practices that foster balance, resilience, compassion and community building.
This introduction to Mindfulness includes mindful eating, speaking, listening and walking. Students will also explore Self-Compassion, Loving Kindness, Response vs. Reaction, Gratitude, and Equanimity.
The impact on grade levels and school campuses is empowering, lasting and profound.