“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.”Viktor Frankl
We spend a lot of time developing our intelligence in school and strengthening our bodies through sports or exercise. We know that paying attention is important to doing well in school and in life…. But truly no one really tells you how to pay attention. We know what to do ..and time and time again we find yourself acting before we think…and not sure how to do what we need to do to communicate in a more controlled and thought out way.
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for our brains. It is a tool for training the mind to be less anxious, more focused, and to help us learn how to respond rather than to react to the countless amount of stimuli in our lives. It is a tool that benefits students, teacher and parents….all of humanity.
Based on decades of research in how the brain works, mindfulness lessons help us understand how neurological connections in the habitually follow ancient biological paths. These fight or flight responses are automatic functions of the amygdala (the oldest part of our brain) …and with mindfulness awareness we can re-train the brain and stop the chemicals from being released that make us feel out of control. Mindfulness lessons and practice teach us how to re-train the brain for a pause between when we act, do, or talk
According to Mindfulschools.org Director of Programs, Dr. Matthew Brensilver, “Mindfulness is having both present-time awareness and mental calmness. These components help educators be more present and focused in the classroom. ”
Mindfulness is a tool for students and all of humanity to learn how they think- like an owner’s manual for the mind.