Meditation in schools is becoming increasingly popular with a growing number of studies showing the effectiveness of quiet reflection on stress, anxiety and ADHD. Mindfulness is a simple focused attention of the present moment without judging what is happening – this can be of the breath, body sensations, sounds and thoughts.
Transcendental Meditation is a relaxed and focused attention on a special word or phrase, also known as a mantra, that is repeated during the quiet time of meditation. For both of these techniques I’ve provided videos at the end of this article for you to see them in action followed by some resources to get you on your way.
The approach to get your faculty and your students on board is the same – it is integral to collaborate on a schedule to roll this program out, to create a space within the school or online for resources to be shared and to set and honour a time that all classes will share in quiet reflection.
Collaborate on a schedule to roll this out, a space for resource to be provided and  a common time that all teachers will share in unison. Providing your teachers with a solid insight to the academic resources available to them will deepen their own resolve to help roll out this program.
This is where a professional teacher in mediation proves useful to help guide a resonant experience. The second bell at the end of minute 12 signals that there are three minutes remaining in QT. Sometimes during the session a few religious notions are suggested, such as the existence of Angels, but in a secular context. One sees the wise traditional rules of Catholic asceticism and mysticism being gradually replaced by pagan practices born from the worst contemporary sources, such as Freudian theories.
Edutopia has bundled a great set of resources for the implementation of meditation programs, including "Quiet Time," in schools. New research in the fields of psychology, education and neuroscience shows teaching meditation in schools is having positive effects on students’ well-being, social skills and academic skills. A recent meta-review of the impact of meditation in schools combined the results from 15 studies and almost 1800 students from Australia, Canada, India, the UK, the US and Taiwan. Students who were taught meditation at school reported higher optimism, more positive emotions, stronger self-identity, greater self-acceptance and took better care of their health as well as experiencing reduced anxiety, stress and depression. The review also showed that meditation helps the social life of students by leading to increases in pro-social behaviour (like helping others) and decreases in anti-social behaviour (like anger and disobedience). Finally, meditation was found to improve a host of academic and learning skills in students.
Students are asked to do this without being judgemental and with a curiosity that allows them to identify patterns in their thoughts and feelings. Examples of mindfulness techniques include teachers striking a music triangle or bell and asking students to pay attention for the exact moment where the sound turns into silence, giving students a piece of chocolate or a slither of chilli, asking them to place the food on their tongue and then pay close attention to what is happening to their taste buds, their salivary glands and the temperature in their mouth; or asking students to clap their hands forcefully for 20 seconds and then observe the physical after-effects such as tingling and pulsing in the palms. These teaching techniques may not seem of sufficient academic nature to take place in schools. While meditation is an age-old practice, the scientific journey into the effect of meditation education is only just beginning.
The brains of young people are substantially more responsive to being changed through experience – a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity – than an adult’s brain.
These teachers are typically using mindfulness in pastoral care classes or dedicated well-being classes. Second, schools can bring in evidence-based meditation curricula such as those that have been developed in Australia (Smiling Minds; Meditationcapsules), India (The Alice Project), the UK (Mindfulness in Schools Project), and the US (InnerKids, Mindful Schools, MindUp, Learning to Breath). Third, schools can introduce “mindful” moments into the broader school culture by starting school assemblies with a brief mindful practice, by having quiet sections of the school (such as certain school hallways designated as quiet zones) and by providing meditation spaces for staff and students in areas such as the library, well-being rooms and sections of gardens in the schoolyard. Schools can better recognise the aspects of the school that are already drawing on meditation without perhaps calling it that name.
Finally, if meditation is to become system-wide across Australian education, researchers need to continue measure the effects of meditation to find out how it works and when it works most effectively.
Lea Waters is Professor, Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology, Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, at University of Melbourne.
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In my native city of Chicago, it is not unusual to wake up to reports of the number of shootings that occurred the night before.
Many times what is most shocking about the violent crimes being reported is the young age of the offenders. The practice of Mindfulness Meditation in schools could be a key solution to ending violent crime among school-aged youth. This past October, in a widely publicized article, rapper Rhymefest described Chief Keef, who has become synonymous with Chicago violence as being autistic. Instead, we need to look to the root cause of what makes a person resort to violence which is a lack of compassion, a lack of humanity and sense of community. One Emory University study found that Mindfulness Meditation can help people with a lack of empathy, as well as those who suffer from Autism or Aspergers. More schools should adopt Meditation in an attempt to help their students focus not only on their cognitive intelligence, but also on their emotional IQ’s. In the article, all of them spoke positively about the mindfulness and meditation training their school adopted and the benefits of living in the present moment. When we are able through meditation to take the time to love ourselves, we stop looking to the world for love and find it within.
Elizabeth Aguirre is a technology professional with more than 8 years experience working in the software industry.
Meditation is becoming bigger in every aspect of life, including education.  Meditation education is becoming bigger and bigger in schools. I have had the privilege of teacing over 200 students at Monsignor Doyle Secondary School in Mindfulness Mediation.
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A 10 minute reflection period within the day is integral for a health mind especially within our students and teachers. Students must be in their seats with their desks clear (unless they will be reading or writing during QT, which is permitted for students who elect not to meditate) and not talking. Inspired by a position used for patients of Freudian psychoanalysis, since mid-August youth are being instructed in a new relaxed style of mediation. Manfred Kollig, diocesan director of the student pastoral program, explains that not the Cross, but the lives of the students should be the center of their mediations.
After hearing the reading of one such text, a girl concluded that her friend Judith was an angel because that morning she had carried her bag to help her. While this may sound like a daunting task to most educators, Edutopia's resources outline easy steps from schools that are already benefiting from the effects of mandatory quiet time.
The benefits of meditation in schools are well displayed and stated in this colorful infographic. Documents from schools that already implement meditation can be edited for use in your classroom, and can provide an idea of the challenges of starting a meditation practice. The research showed meditation is beneficial in most cases and led to three broad outcomes for students: higher well-being, better social skills and greater academic skills.
This was compared to before the meditation programs and compared to peers who were not taught meditation. These included faster information processing, greater focus, more effective working memory, more creativity and cognitive flexibility. But the science is showing that, through these techniques, students are learning to build their attention skills and regulate their impulses.
Detractors argue that it should not be introduced in schools until the long-term value is better known. This suggests the long-term effects of meditation are likely to be much more beneficial in school students than adults. However, the positive evidence of meditation has led large numbers of teachers to find time for meditation in school.
In other schools, meditation is being used as a quick learning readiness tool at the start of academic classes.


For example, many aspects of existing curricula in drama, music, art, physical education and outdoor education are already using meditative and attention-focusing techniques. Typically, people share the news with a variety of statements expressing disbelief, sympathy for the family, sadness, and oftentimes, anger. Rather than taking a look at these children as inherently flawed, we instead, should recognize how  our lack of awareness and compassion is a part of the problem. An article in the Atlantic promoting the Meditation in Schools movement features a school in the Bronx that has adopted mindfulness meditation training for its students.
If adopted at a young enough age, urban youth will become equipped with a coping mechanism to help them face the pain that many of them have become accustomed to ignoring. When we look at the root, it becomes obvious that we need a solution that helps school-age kids face the sadness in their lives in a way that forces them to confront, rather than run from it. Mindfulness teaches that self-centeredness leads to disease while being altruistic creates a benefit to oneself and others.
Students who were given meditation training in the Bronx had experienced stressful situations early on in their lives. Taking a few minutes a day to reflect on oneself and one’s impact on others, can bring about a shift in perspective, leading to a more altruistic lifestyle.
In this article I share with you some tips and resources on how to do the same in your own school or one that is in your community. Plan for the continuation of the pilot program to its final completion with a daily implementation and dialogue of the importance of stress reduction within the school community. Though it may take time, a high-quality setup ensures a safe and consistent space for the students to close their eyes and optimizes the success of each session. He also says that the instructors avoid bringing the students to churches and chapels, since they are too "heavy" for the youth.
Given the newness of the field, it is certainly true that the longitudinal research is yet to come. The combined data from MeditationCapsules and Smiling Minds, two Australian organisations that provide mindfulness training to schools, show that more than 7500 teachers are using mindfulness. First, meditation training can become a core part of teacher education so that all teachers are skilled in the use of mediation as part of their teaching toolkit.
It is common knowledge that compassion and empathy are key components of moral development and socialization. What has been less talked about is the emotional factors that contribute to youth violence.
They need an outlet that allows them to feel and release their emotions, rather than inflicting their inherent pain on their community members. It’s clear that this change in thought process--from thinking about self, to thinking about others, can truly benefit those living in cities where gang culture and violence is prevalent.
The coordinator of the sessions, Klaus Peter, warns that "rushing, competition and hierarchy must be left outside." In the bare oblong room there are no spiritual pictures or religious symbols. According to him, high school students are not familiar with religious symbolism and liturgy. Meditation can increase compassion and an awareness of one’s own feelings in relation to the feelings of others.
Many people who choose to join a gang have experienced the loss of their peers and relatives to violence. She is on a one-woman mission to empower small business owners through the use of technology.
Therefore, they can take more advantage from a relaxation session, where they freely enter the "sacral space" without any pressure. But if we as a society continue to view these children as less than human, we are expressing the same lack of empathy as they are when they terrorize their communities.



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