Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes. And school administrators tell NBC News that the violence outside of the school, which is situated in one of San Francisco's poorest neighborhoods, was spilling into the school and affecting the students' demeanor. Instead, he decided to extend the school day by 30 minutes for meditation time, which resulted in better academic performance and a 75 percent decrease in suspensions. Students at Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco meditate, as part of a program in which students meditate for fifteen minutes twice a day. The SFGate reports that within the first year that Quiet Time was used, “The number of suspensions fell by 45 percent.
Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. An initiative is currently gaining popularity in the education sector to help schoolchildren stay balanced and stress-free. Emily Holland of The Wall Street Journal said mindfulness meditation focuses entirely on the present time. Advocates of the practice are bringing the movement into schools nationwide, believing this form of meditation can sharpen the students' focus, increase school performance, and reduce their stress levels. American actress Goldie Hawn is a big fan of this effort for schoolchildren, according to Education News. A 2009 study found a decrease in stress levels and increase in self-esteem among kids who experienced numerous medical and mental conditions after completing a mindfulness-based program for eight weeks.
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Teachers are feeling left out when it comes to making decisions on integrating education technology in the classroom, according to a new report. A fidgety girl in the front row strained to keep her eyes closed when soft instrumental music began playing through portable speakers. Star of the school’s athletics team, Heena Tahiliani, was only eager to share the positive effects of morning meditation sessions. I suddenly had more time for everything and a lot more energy to balance my training and studies. Abhinav Sharma, a proponent of meditation through Sahaja Yoga, has been pitching its effectiveness to schools across the UAE for months. After eight years of practicing yoga with his family, 14-year-old Abhay Anand’s daily routine includes meditation sessions per day. Sidharth Lalwani, new to the entire process, commented on the unexpected physical changes 15 minutes of meditation can bring. The science behind this form of meditation suggests that various core points in the body known as ‘chakras’ are activated by focusing on the present and avoiding mental distractions.
This style of meditative yoga has been adopted in more than 100 countries around the world, with studies conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, claiming that meditation effectively lowers levels of teen depression, aggression, and stress. The UAE faction of Sahaja Yoga is made up of working professionals holding down day jobs, who still see merit in setting aside their mornings to guide children through daily affirmations. Sharma and his team have held one-off meditation sessions at other institutions as well, including local girls’ school, Anisa Al Ansariya School, and sessions for the staff at Rashid Hospital. Meditation can be an effective form of stress reduction and has the potential to improve quality of life and decrease health care costs.
If you have little or no experience with meditation, "Our Online Meditation Course" will get you up and started quickly and easily. We all evacuate our minds when we stand in awe of creation on a beach or looking at the night sky. That said, transcendental meditation is often extremely harmful due to the unnatural provocation of the biology involved (see reference).

Hindu schools dona€™t teach Christian meditation, so why should Catholic schools teach Hindu meditation. Father Carter is correct that Hindu meditation is the opposite, an aimless focus on nothing. Meditate, "Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. If Christian meditation is a discipline of a Christian thought, Hindu meditation is the discipline of thoughtlessness.
But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Good article, although the author has forgotten that the Catholic Bible also says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to a€?bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christa€? and not to leave your brain unattended which seems to be the norm in schools nowadays. Having studied, and meditated on these a€?truthera€™ topics for a while now, and often being taken to higher levels by what is on Henrya€™s site, I hold with the model that demons, whatever they are, gain access to us under certain conditions and when we carry out certain practice or rituals, knowingly or not.
Furthermore, I believe that this so-called meditation will eventually lead to a€?Voice to Skulla€™ type technology being used to program people during sessions on a wider scale, at school or work. In the first place, I think 'meditation' here would be in analogy with 'prayer' (which is more correct in my view).
So, they are incompatible and teaching this in Catholic schools is corrupting the true nature of Prayer.
What we are witnessing today is the "watering down" of the Christian Doctrine into a worldly politically correct theology especially with the Catholic Church and this new Pope. Going back to giving mass in the Latin language won't bring it back or save your soul either unless Latin is the only language you know. The true Christian Church has no prescribed Holy Days that can be found in the New Testament other than what was written in the Old Testament such as the Passover Feast which Jesus Christ himself observed. Christianity is the Old Testament defined and fulfilled by the teachings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
More and more today it seems that Jesus Christ has been taken out of the religions of faith and spirituality. An open mind is a direct invitation for demon possession, whether or not the person believes in them, whereas a mind concentrating on God cannot be possessed as demons will flee from it. But he changed his tune, when over a four-year period, suspensions decreased by 79 percent and attendance and academic performance noticeably increased. Principal Bill Kappenhagen was skeptical at first, as well, and had to wrangle with the problem of when in the school day to grab a half hour for quiet reflection. This movement uses the practice of meditation, allowing the person to recognize and accept their situation without judgement. Recently, this form of meditation has made its way into the education sector as psychologists and educators wonder if this could benefit students as well. Twelve years ago, Hawn used her Hawn Foundation to create a program called MindUP with the help of psychologists, neuroscientists, and education experts. Another study in 2011-12 by Mindful Schools saw a significant improvement in the children's behavior after participating in a mindfulness training. The warm or cool air they feel is a reflection of their state of mind, according to practitioners.
Psychologists might attribute that to a kind of placebo effect, but in Abu Dhabi-based psychologist, Dr Mehnaz Koory’s opinion, the end justifies the means.
Currently two schools in the UAE have engaged the group for their extracurricular meditation training: Delhi Private School Sharjah and Millennium School Dubai.
Meditation involves achieving a state of 'thoughtless awareness' in which the excessive stress producing activity of the mind is neutralized without reducing alertness and effectiveness.
Christian meditation is a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to become aware of and reflect upon the revelations of God. The Lord does not delay his promise, but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

However, sensing one's soul - as you say - is a first step on the stairs of Prayer, and it is more mentioned in spiritual books as 'self-knowledge', which is a 'must' for a life of Christian prayer. What a slick move by the Canadian School Board to attempt to replace prayer with meditation. According to Kristin Decarr of Education News, this practice is believed to help people stay balanced, focused, and stress free. This program taught kids to use their emotions and de-stress through activities like "brain breaks," which asks them to focus on their breathing for two to three minutes.
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By introducing 10 to 15 minutes of mindful silence into the lives of children, we hope to awaken their positive energy,” he told Khaleej Times. Then when (the instructor) asked me to raise my hand, I felt hot air rise from the top of my head.
Each chakra is said to represent different parts of the body and mind, and addressing the way these points feel after the meditative sessions reportedly help practitioners better streamline their lives. The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditA?rA«, which has a range of meanings including to reflect on, to study and to practice.
Ratzinger concluded that Christian prayer and Oriental meditation are essential different because in the first case 'there is an Interlocutor' and the religious experience is one of 'the Other', whilst in the second it most the 'subjective personal religious experience of the self' that matters.
The first school to adopt the Quiet Time practice in 2007, Visitacion Valley Middle School, has reaped huge rewards.
They are never taught to sit quite, reflect and meditate.This meditation does not only calm them and provide tranquility and improve learning at present but also will help the kids to cope with stress in their teen and adult life.
With meditation, you feel calm while you’re doing it and stay energised throughout the day,” Heena’s classmate, Jesika Agarwala added. Setting aside vague philosophical terms, Sharma added that the benefits of meditation on young impressionable minds have been recorded the world over.
Everyone could take a page out of these kids’ book and use a small window of time during the day to disconnect with their schedules and deadlines,” she said.
Christian meditation is the process of deliberately focusing on specific thoughts (such as a bible passage) and reflecting on their meaning in the context of the love of God. Formally a school largely out of control, Visitacion Valley is smack in the middle of a neighborhood where shootings are common. Burton High School notes that students involved in Quiet Time say they experience significantly less stress and depression, and greater self-esteem, plus academic successes have risen dramatically.
This resulted in the students getting bad grades, skipping school and fighting daily, as they were likely highly troubled by the violence surrounding them. The California Achievement Test, which measures grades of kids in CA, found that twice as many students in Quiet Time schools have become proficient in English, when compared to students who don’t participate in Quiet Time, and the gap is even bigger in math.
Meditation can bring discipline into their lives by helping them learn how to channel their energy to the present. The situation at Visitacion Valley was so dire that teachers even started calling in sick, to avoid teaching these kids. We are all guilty of spending most of our time dwelling in the past or planning for the future. The school tried everything from counseling to peer support to after-school tutoring and sports but nothing seemed to work until Quiet Time entered the picture.

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    Hooligan writes:
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