“What is mindfulness?”, you may ask.
During this school year, parents and staff have been exploring ways to bring mindfulness to Marshall. What is mindfulness, you may ask. The group that Marshall has been talking with, Minds, Incorporated, define mindfulness this way:
“Mindfulness means to pay attention to the present moment, with intention, in a non-judgmental way. It is a practice of awareness and observation. (Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of Mindfulness in the United States)
Mindfulness allows us to have moment-to-moment awareness and understanding of the reality of what is actually happening inside our body, our mind, and our external environment. This simple act of noticing the reality of something as it is, stripping away the layers of our mind’s labels, judgments, and narratives, gives us the ability to respond, rather than impulsively react, to any event or circumstance in our lives. From this place of clearer seeing, we better understand the inner workings of our own minds and bodies, and have a newfound skill at making decisions from a place of strength, wisdom, and compassion. As these “Mindful moments” add up, it allows us to feel a greater sense of peace in our daily lives, and to help us connect with ourselves and others in a more profound way.”
Studies have shown that mindfulness can reduce stress and help with focus. With all the demands Marshall students face, we would like to equip them with the skills mindfulness teaches: observation, acceptance, and awareness of both their inner thoughts and experiences and the world around them.
Some of the issues facing us are how to bring mindfulness training to the most students at the best cost. Stay tuned for more information as we work more of these issues out.
Questions/comments: please email them toALAnderson@aya.yale.edu.
For more information about Minds, Incorporated and mindfulness in general, go to: mindsincorporated.org