This issue’s amazing mindfulness story comes from a parent at the University School of Nashville, where we gave a customized workshop to all school staff a few months ago. At bedtime after a rough day, her 5th grader was perceptive. “Mom, I think you could use a little mindfulness,” he said. “I just think it would do you some good.”
She asked her son to demonstrate mindfulness to her, which he did, telling her to sit in a chair, close her eyes, and advising her to “just sit, for about five minutes. Try to focus on your breathing. Just let your thoughts go.” Naturally, they both felt better afterward.
And as she was leaving the room, her son added, “Mom. One thing. Whatever it was that was bothering you–whatever it was, it’s important not to just forget about that. You really need to think about what was making you grumpy, and not to just ignore it.”
Amazingly perceptive! When we give children the right tools, they will apply those tools in the wisest ways.
We wish you a very restful and happy holiday season!
The Mindful Schools Team
Upcoming Trainings in New York, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley Several new training events are coming in 2011! Even if you’ve already taken these courses, please spread the word to friends and colleagues who could benefit.
For complete information about all these trainings, as well as full descriptions of the courses, please visit our Adult Training page.
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Give the Gift of Mindfulness
All of us who have personally experienced the power of mindfulness understand how valuable it is for children. Even people who don’t have direct mindfulness experience understand that if we can help children (and adults) create some space between stimuli and their reactions, that does a world of good. It’s a gift that should be offered to every human being.
What started as a small pilot program at Park Day School nearly four years ago is now an independent non-profit organization. Mindful Schools has reached over 10,000 children and 1,200 educators from Oakland to Tennessee, New York, and Holland. Together, we can do even more to transform education using mindfulness. Over a dozen schools are awaiting scholarships for our low-cost program, and many educators need financial assistance for our trainings.
We hope you will consider making a generous tax-deductible donation to Mindful Schools, to help us teach over 4,200 children and more than 400 adults this year. (And the adults will share mindfulness with thousands more children!) Your gift will make an invaluable and lasting impact, providing a vital lifetime tool for children and the adults who teach them.
The results from our pilot research study are now available on our web site. The most important finding is a significant and sustained improvement in executive attention, which is a strong predictor of academic achievement.
We plan to do further studies, including randomized controls, in the near future.
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About Mindful Schools
Founded in 2007, the mission of Mindful Schools is to transform education through mindfulness. We achieve this by offering in-class instruction, professional training, and other resources to support mindfulness in education.
Our program has used a scientifically proven technique called mindfulness to teach concentration, attention, conflict resolution, and empathy to over 10,000 children and 450 teachers in 38 schools, 66% of which serve low-income children. Mindful Schools has conducted training and workshops for over 1,200 public and private school parents, teachers, therapists, and other professionals in education and social work.