“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention. Mindfulness has roots in Buddhism, but most religions include some type of prayer or meditation technique that helps shift your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life. It is the mental faculty of purposefully bringing awareness to one’s experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting. Mindfulness creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses. We help to grow this space, enabling new, wiser responses that improve attention, learning, emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution.
Mindfulness-based programmes developed for children, have been introduced into public and private school curricula in the US & UK and teachers are being trained to implement them. Students, teachers and parents have experienced positive results and feel that it is very effective in handling most of the problems that we deal with in schools and society. In the words of Goldie Hawn “Mindfulness gives kids a tool for understanding how their brain works, for having more self-control. If we know it also has the potential to decrease stress, decrease depression, and increase health and happiness - like the research on adults shows - wouldn’t it be selfish to withhold it from children?”
While going through an article on Mindfulness and about a workshop on Mindfulness in Education in Dehradun at The Doon School in ‘Speaking Tree’, I was sure that we have to introduce it in our school. With the support and encouragement from our honourable Managing Trustee, Dr. Manje Gowda, who gave us the green signal only with a caution that we learn it properly before trying with students, we are now very happily mindfully learning and using it.
Apart from Learning Mindfully, our students are learning to Eat Mindfully too. Our student counselor is leading the team of teachers in this process. We have decided to learn more through online trainings from UK. All that we have learnt so far is through various websites and videos. We are looking for a teacher to conduct a workshop for students, teachers and parents and we wish to include other schools if they are interested in joining us. The purpose of this article is to create awareness among teachers and to get more information from others as well. (You can reach us at email@example.com)
At Vidya Souda, our effort has always been on the holistic growth of children. We do hope to achieve whole school positive atmosphere through the practice of Mindfulness by our students and teachers.