Comment: The benefits of meditation and mindfulnessNovember 9, 2016, 9:30 am GMT
Having been a primary school teacher for 35 years of my life, I feel I am able to say that education has changed to a point where it is no longer enjoyable. In this fast paced world, keeping up with all the requirements is stressful for all: the administration, the teacher and the student.
Beginning and ending the day with some breathing, stretching exercises and some mindfulness for five to seven minutes takes the students and teachers through the day effortlessly, with more being achieved in a calmer environment.
The use of soft soothing music or the sounds of a Tibetan singing bowl being gently chimed would take the entire experience to the next level. A couple of schools I've visited have a singing bowl in every class. The students would begin to look forward to it and soon, they would focus better, pay more attention and become more receptive to and aware of what they were being taught. Clarity of mind and longer attention spans would manifest; cooperation and collaboration amongst students would become second nature. Students would show more empathy towards each other through random acts of kindness, and greater respect for the teacher would result.
The classroom environment would feel safe and welcoming. Attendance would soar, grades would improve, bullying would be replaced with genuine concern, and the energies in that class would change palpably. People walking in would comment positively, and the children would smile more and be eager to learn. The teachers would find themselves relaxing, having more time on their hands, better able to do justice to the students and the curriculum.
Once this becomes a habit, the same could be done for each new session for a shorter duration. If each child is given the opportunity to lead the class during the session, the teachers would find an immense increase in self-esteem and self confidence amongst the students. Their presentation skills would improve and they would become better public speakers. One class practicing daily would uplift the entire section in a school.
For this to happen, the teacher requires the support of the administration and senior leadership team. Parents will see and feel and comment on the change in the children; the children will teach the parents what they do in school daily and the parents too will begin to see the benefits and learn from the kids. This would empower the children even more.
How do I know all this? Because my classes did it. The children loved the way we began the day. Sometimes we could not end it that way, but it was enough to gladden their hearts and they felt the love.
Zarine Dadachanji is a facilitator for guided meditations, energy healings and space clearings. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information.
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