Mindfulness in School  

 

There’s a new jargon making a buzz in the field of psychology today- mindfulness. There’s a lot of different meanings attached to it but the one that best explains it is the method of building up an increasing awareness for one’s self.

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Mindfulness is not only about achieving focus and concentration, it is also concerned with helping a person accept the circumstances and feelings in his/her life. In other words, mindfulness aids in making us live in the now.

It seems like mindfulness is the key in healing the disorder in our hectic and technology-centered lives. This is especially beneficial for students as mindfulness can have varied positive effects in education.

When a person practices mindfulness, he/she is less impulsive and more inclined to making prudent decisions. Being mindful prevents us from making decisions when we are too emotional. The mindful approach can be utilized by schools in making programs that teach students careful decision-making.

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The decision-making model will include a pause, check and decide sequence, wherein students will pause, examine their own emotions and decide if they are rational enough to make sound choices. When effectively practiced, this can be a huge assistance in lessening impulsive behavior in adolescents.

The school community, including teaching professionals and staff, will have a massive advantage if they practice the mindful approach. It helps them hone the ability of being aware of themselves and at the same time, being in tune with the people around them.

An educational environment full of mindful people will become a community that transforms and monitors itself. People will be more compassionate and empathetic, making the school a conducive habitat for learning.

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