Mindfulness practice has been proven effective for children’s healthy development and teacher’s professional development. In a recent study by Frank Lawlis at the University of Kansas, it has been established that mindfulness practice with school children can effectively improve
academic performance and attention control. Lawlis found benefits even in subjects where no specific mindfulness training had been provided; this proves the crucial role of non-specific effects of a mindfulness intervention. This post will delve deeper into the world of mindfulness in
Understanding Mindfulness In General:
Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of what’s happening in the present moment. It involves observing your thoughts and feelings without judging them, good or bad. It’s about being fully aware of what’s happening inside you without getting lost.
Mindfulness is something that you can learn, like driving a car or playing tennis. And like any skill, it takes practice. But when you do it regularly, it becomes easier to bring mindfulness into your daily life.
Mindfulness is good for your mental health and physical health because it reduces stress and anxiety, which can lead to chronic problems with your body, such as migraines or back pain. It can also help people who have chronic illnesses like diabetes manage their condition more effectively by helping them understand their bodies better.
Why Introducing Mindfulness in Schools Is Important?
Mindfulness is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the moment while acknowledging one’s thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. The purpose of mindfulness is to experience reality without judgment. Mindfulness has been practiced for many millennia but has only recently become mainstream in Western culture. People from many different walks of life are now practicing mindfulness because they’ve learned that it helps them cope with stress and anxiety, including stress related to school and work.
There are several reasons why mindfulness should be introduced into schools:
● Stress Reduction: Teachers and students deal with immense amounts of stress daily. Stress makes it difficult for both to focus on their responsibilities and can lead to burnout if they don’t manage their stress well enough. Mindfulness helps teachers and students cope with their stress to continue to teach and learn effectively without becoming overwhelmed or burned out due to stress.
● Concentration: mindfulness in the classroom improves concentration by helping people focus on one thing at a time instead of being distracted by other things happening around them. This allows teachers and students more control over how they spend their time during class so that they can focus on each task rather than worrying about other things that may be distracting.
Ultimately, mindfulness is more than just the cultivation of focus. It’s the cultivation of awareness, both of the worlds around and one’s inner thoughts, feelings, and needs. Once this awareness is cultivated, it becomes possible to make conscious choices about how you react to stimuli from the outside world. With all these benefits in mind, it’s no wonder parents are interested in mindfulness for their children. And these benefits—increased focus and self- awareness among them—make mindfulness a pedagogical tool that can be invaluable in a classroom.