We ask our students to pay attention all the time but have we given them the appropriate instructions to successfully focus on the moment? Mindfulness practice gives students a concrete set of tools and life skills to help them do just that. We want our kids to be actively learning about themselves and the world around them. In the classroom it might mean paying attention to what is being taught. It may also mean paying attention to better understand habits of distraction or disinterest.
Often students are stunted in their ability to learn or recall information due to emotional, social, and environmental stresses. Mindfulness practice provides the means to help navigate the challenges they encounter, helping them feel more empowered in the face of difficult emotions, low self esteem, and peer pressures. Mindfulness is not a cure-all to life's difficulties but can be a foundation to help cultivate inner resilience and wisdom.
At Heart-Mind, we believe that the education experience is enriched by cultivating
self-awareness, compassion, mental clarity, and
Therefore, through mindfulness education training, we work to empower educators, students, parents, and counselors with tools that support these qualities, in and out of the classroom.
Contact us today for a free consultation for your school or organization!
Mindfulness is a particular quality of attention in which one is present to the experience of the moment. This present moment awareness may include what is being seen, felt, heard, and thought. It is a very engaged awareness with clear intent to focus on whatever is going on.
Although mindfulness is new to western education, in the last couple decades it has become easily found in a variety of professional fields and has historically been practiced and cultivated for thousands of years across most cultures. Thirty years ago, secular mindfulness was introduced into western medicine by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Due to his popular success, the secular application of mindfulness has taken off around the globe.