Spreading Mindfulness is on a mission to teach children and our community about mindfulness meditation, in order to become more confident and kind individuals. Children are experiencing higher rates of stress, anxiety, and depression and our goal is to provide the tools and knowledge, that will help them cope with stress of daily life in the modern world.
"The quieter you become, the more you hear."
Baba Ram Dass
Teaching children mindfulness meditation will prove useful into adulthood - it will help them manage stress and anxiety better.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation entails one to concentrate on the present moment as opposed to past experiences or future worries. It requires us to be aware of our own thoughts or sensations as they occur in the present. The aim is to be mindful of things occurring in our own mind or body, without attaching any emotions or judgements on to them.
Mindfulness has been observed to increase the gray matter of areas in the brain involved in memory, learning and emotional processing. It has also been shown to reduce the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body. Mindfulness meditation improves the mood by reducing levels of stress, anxiety and depression as shown in recent studies.
Meditation Effects in the Classroom
As a classroom practice, meditation can help students strengthen their self-regulation and their focus on coursework. It also boosts their overall health, reduces negative feelings, and fosters compassion.