September 21, 2017

The Art of Mindfulness

I read a very interesting article about a English teacher in one of the poorest areas of the Bronx teaching his students about Mindfulness.  About being aware of our feelings, our emotions and how they impact us.  About being focused and aware of our surroundings.  The school is known as ‘a transfer school’ designed to re-engage students who have dropped out or fallen behind.  Mindfulness is the ‘act of paying attention on purpose’ with a non-judgemental attitude.

The students were taught five-minute mindfulness exercises—from counting breaths and focusing on the sensations of breathing, to visualizing thoughts and feelings, to help train their attention, quiet their thoughts, and regulate their emotions.

Mindfulness is widely considered as an effective treatment for children, adolescents and adults with aggression, ADHD, anxiety or mental disorder.   It improves attention, reduces stress and results in better emotional regulation and an improved capacity for compassion and empathy.  Mindfulness is now spreading to schools, where it could potentially have an impact on students’ well-being.  It has to be better than all the drugs that are prescribed!

They started teaching mindfulness in the U.K. in 2007.  Teachers can enrol in a 6 week Mindful School Training in order to teach these skills to students.  Mindfulness would also help if applied to teacher education as a way to help prevent burnout, as it is a major issue, given that 20 percent of teachers in high-poverty schools leave within their first year.

A great reminder for us all!

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