(first and second graders sit and meditate)
The first and second graders have been meditating and practicing mindfulness every day since the school year started. Now that the classroom expansion is completed, it is no surprise that we are starting to really see and feel the benefits.
Those of us that couldn't help but break dance to the soothing sounds of Carlos Nakai's Native American flute, or Tibetan singing bowls in the old class space, are now able to root down for an entire TWENTY MINUTES!
We have also been keeping "Mindfulness Journals" where we keep track of our feelings for the day. We practice naming our emotions and talking about how "talking about it" is extremely important for our mental and physical well being as the social creatures that humans are.
The children are encouraged to use their journals for their dreams, feelings, or anything that they feel like they want to be mindful of for each day.
Finally, we end our "Morning Mindfulness Meeting" with guided stretching, sometimes student lead. One of our students is very familiar with yoga and hand "mudras" and regularly shares their wisdom with the class to everyone's delight.
Research shows that mindfulness and meditation can help with impulse control, emotional awareness, and interpersonal skills, as well as increasing focus. We are clearly seeing these benefits reflected in the students.
The benefits have been so stellar that teachers are now discussing bringing the elementary classes together at least once a week to practice meditation and mindfulness as one big happy family.
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