Do you ever feel like there's a constant chatter going on in your mind, that your thoughts constantly flit back and forth between past, present, and future or get stuck in unproductive ruts? Meditation teachers call that "monkey mind."
For students, the ability to quiet the monkey mind can help them learn more easily and live less stressfully.
The key to this ability? Mindfulness!
What Is Mindfulness? What Are the Benefits?
Mindfulness entails paying purposeful attention to the present moment and observing your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations without judging them. In this state of quiet observation, you begin to recognize the patterns of your thoughts and emotions and, eventually, to quiet them by focusing on the present. Recognizing that your thoughts are just thoughts, you also learn how to calm yourself in stressful situations.
What does this mean specifically for students? Recent studies show that regular mindfulness practice does the following things:
Simple Mindfulness Practices and Resources
So now that you know the benefits of mindfulness, how do you get started?
Here are a few practices suitable for different age groups, along with some tips and resources for parents and Learning Coaches.
For Students in K–5
For this age group, you'll want to make mindfulness short, simple, and fun. Since mindfulness is a pretty abstract concept, the key is showing—not telling or explaining. Better yet, model the ...