TEACHING MEDITATION IN OUR SCHOOLS CAN LEAD TO AMAZING OUTCOMES
In the fast pace society we live in today it is easy to become distracted and lose our awareness. So many of life’s hidden treasures come from the subtle often over looked gifts that we are presented with daily. Through teaching meditation anxiety, depression, stress and other negative distractions will fade and have less of an influence on our emotional states.
As adult’s we understand that these distractions occur and have the intelligence to make adjustments to help keep them at bay. Children however often do not understand when they are stressed or distracted and this can lead to misbehavior, poor performance and unhappiness.
Teaching Meditation is one of the best solutions for this problem. It will allow them to increase their awareness, focus and concentration giving them a clear mind to be happy and present.
A school district in San Francisco started teaching meditation programs to help troubled teens. The goal was to have them using meditation for short periods to help them reduce their stress levels and build their focus in hopes to improve their performance at school.
The results of the program were awesome. The attendance rate of the students increased by 98% and there was a 79% decrease in suspensions. There was also a noticeable improvement in the students grade point average at the end of the year.
Another notable school meditation program out of New Haven, Connecticut required teaching meditation and yoga three times every week for their incoming freshmen. This study found that after every session students were less stressed and had reduced levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the body.
There are schools all across the country starting to implement these practices.
Meditation offers endless benefits and everyone can benefit from the practice. The most common misconception people have is that they do not have enough time to start a meditation practice. You do not need hours a day to experience great results from meditation. There is an old Zen saying I really like it says:
“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day unless you are too busy then you should sit for an hour.”
Yes sitting for 20 minutes a day is great and be refreshing. The great thing about meditation is that there are hundreds of practices that you can use throughout your day that take very little time. I call these practices active meditations or daily resets. They can be done in as little as 2-3 minutes and some of them can be done anywhere.
To learn more about how easy it is to build a personalized meditation program that fits your life style check out these three free videos that will help you start building your own practice.