WHAT: Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware of each present moment and understanding your relation to those moments.
HOW: It uses basic meditations of breathing, listening, visualizing to create calm, joy, compassion for others, and self appreciation.
FOR: These practices have proven effective for all age levels of students.
Reduction of stress
Ability to be less reactive
Increased clarity in decision making
Increased retention of knowledge
More desire to focus and learn
Understanding of relationships
Better interactions with others
Enhanced and deeper sleep
WHY? In our multi tasking, fast paced, global communities our quest for quick answers, immediate results and productivity often preclude us from momentarily stopping, breathing, de-stressing and being joyful, learning from and being appreciative of each experience. These life skills are needed to optimize the quest for academic excellence.
Mindfulness practices bring out the natural positive qualities that are already within us! Every child is born with positive virtues, aspirations, and innate knowledge that they already came into this world with! So, Mindfulness does not mean they have to try to be someone different! This allows students to bring forth their natural selves.
The result is better students who have a deeper understanding, increased learning ability, compassion for others, and know how to truly listen to create solutions.
More empathetic and resourceful community and family members that have increased opportunity to experience joy, have tools to be often less reactive when faced with adversity, and have a better overall sense of well-being towards themselves and in relationships.
Single Day, One Week, Six Week
The tenets of mindfulness are introduced and implemented through creative pilot programs that are embedded into each day, and at varied times; before school, after school, during advisories, community times and well as intensives during exam and other stress periods. Additionally, outreach facilitated by peer-to-peer videoconferences, apps, sound and visual media technologies, the seeds for these concepts and practices are shared. By embedding these into classroom and day flow in practical ways, students share responsibilities and opportunities to lead, thus it becomes systemic, holistic and empowering.
THE SIX TENETS: To Mindfully Breathe, See, Listen, Speak, Vibrate, and Teach
- Breathe in to areas of tension, breathe out slower and let these tensions melt, relax
- Gain awareness, gaze deeply into and beyond objects and perceptions, begin to notice things you may not have seen before
- Stimulate Imagination and the ability to observe emotions through energy spheres
- Notice that you are not your thoughts, and that you can observe emotions and reactions, without owning or being affected by them
- Know that our mind and our thoughts often feel like a rushing waterfall - just let them float by like a river, calming
- Realize that everything is impermanent; … will you feel this way tomorrow?
- Understand that all things in the universe vibrate, you do too! - and you are connected to others through a concept called 'inter-being'
- Gain unconditional love and compassion through this for yourself and for others
- Get in touch with your natural self, learn to make peace with our imperfections "to be completely incomplete" & comfortably evolving
- Allow yourself to be passionate and caring and create action but with a calm mind, and an understanding of other's
- Be fully aware of each moment, and live with true joy
MINDFULNESS FOR UPPER DIVISION STUDENTS: SIX WEEK PROGRAM
Curriculum will be customized for your specific classroom and student population needs.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES
BREATHE: Awareness of breath, using your mind and intent to direct the flow of breathing, conscious breathing for healing,
grounding and focus. We explore generating energy, and we offer practices encompassing simple breathing exercises to restore, detect and
break up blockages, relax, calm, and enhance each moment. The breath can be used to open passages within your body to bring about wellness.
There are times you can go without water and food or sleep, but not without breath! Mindfulness allows us to feel the natural joy in breathing.
Conscious and intent breathing
Becoming comfortable with silence and stillness
Deep listening - work with sound minitations
Being aware and in the present moment
App Technology - Facilitating breath work through Meditation DJ app
SEE: Awareness of sight, to see beyond objects and discover their true nature, one experiences inter-being. If each moment is
viewed in a non-judgmental manner it allows that which is illusion to flow past and your focus begins to calm. Sight and thoughts are like
rivers within you. At first they rush, like a waterfall but with practice they become still, like an ocean with no waves. It is in these moments of
stillness that you awaken your innate 'Buddha nature', feel joy and compassion, which connects you with all beings, to see the subtle magic
and wonder. The boundaries of self begin to dissolve and you start to connect deeply with that which is around you.
Expansive and guided imagery
Calm abiding Blue Flower and Shamatha meditation
Walking, visualizing and observing
Media - Mindfulness Connect Video Conferencing forum
LISTEN: Listening with the intent to say something back or listening to actually understand and have true compassion are different aspirations. One can cause suffering, the other, healing. To develop virtue in your ability to be there for others is the beginning step to unconditional love. Whether in negotiations, relationships, friendships or collaborations, those who truly listen with this intent can hear beneath the surface. Awareness
of listening focuses on the harmonies and rhythms of your body, mind and surroundings, creating holism and wellness.
Giving and receiving
Music Technology - Creating sound tracks for classroom ambience
VIBRATE: The world is sound. By awakening our 'Sound Body', you become aware and can tune into your internal flow of life
energy, to recharge, revitalize! Everything in the universe vibrates. Each cell, each molecule can deeply re-energize. By using music and
sound tools that have unique acoustical qualities you resonate and create sublime states of calm, with profound effects. They entrain your
central nervous system. You re-align, attain deep relaxation, and are able to create healing imprints to enhance both sleep and waking
Toning and awakening your ‘Sound Body’
Sacred sound and vibrational instruments
Psychoacoustics and central nervous system entrainment
Music technology - Using binaural beats and patterns for enhanced sleep
SPEAK: We use the elements of nature, inspiration of mind and body and true joy of being in each moment fully and with bliss
to express our beauty and feelings. Discover alternatives to falling into the trap of using your voice for purposes of mis-communication and
cynicism. Explore the power of your voice, compassion, and kindness, and allow yourself to say what you feel in a depersonalized way.
Healing for working teams, parent/child relationships, couples or inner conversation with the nature of your true being.
Storytelling through verbal and visual expression
Mindful writing and speaking
Practicing circles of kindness and compassion
Recording Technology - Creating personal affirmations
TEACH: To teach contemplative practices of Mindfulness is truly a beautiful virtue. Whether receiving or giving, to understand and benefit from the lineage of these aspirations will deepen your understanding. By embedding this knowledge into your daily practices you gain wisdom. Knowledge in itself is subject to momentary accuracy. Understanding of impermanence, separation of yourself from your thoughts, compassion and unconditional love, giving and receiving, will open your mind and create new clarity in its approach. You begin to balance emotion, gain lifelong skills of true joy and share in the benefiting of others.
Development of intuition and wisdom senses
Recalling innate knowledge
Empowering yourself through the joy of others
Media - Positive sharing of mindfulness practices through social networking