The power of Mindfulness in the schools

Especially now with COVID19 and with the Hurricane Season coming

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn (1994)

Mindfulness education is the purposeful inclusion of mindfulness and mindful meditation principles, theories, and practices into education.

The intentions of mindfulness education are to help students learn:

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Techniques to calm and focus the mind
  • Mindful communication
  • Applying mindfulness skills to everyday life (iBme, n.d.)

Different studies have shown mindfulness can have a positive impact, including:

  • Attention and focus
  • Better grades
  • More effective emotion regulation
  • Better behavior in school: better decision making
  • Greater empathy and perspective-taking
  • Better social skills
  • Reduced test anxiety
  • less stress
  • Decreased frequency/severity of post traumatic symptoms 
  • Increases positive moods
  • Improves Health and Body Image, increases self-esteem

Researcher Erica Baxter (n.d.) has some helpful suggestions for those looking to implement mindfulness programs in their school:

  1. Teachers and staff should have training to help them reinforce any lessons taught by professional mindfulness instructors.
  2. Teachers should show full support for the mindfulness program to encourage their students.
  3. Parents should be involved and maybe can incorporate some aspects of mindfulness practice at home; a separate course for parents may be a best practice.

Do you want to implement Mindfulness in your school, contact MCA! info@mcacaribbean.com

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