A mindful school helps students to be more focused, calm, and aware of what is happening in their surroundings. Mindfulness comes in many different forms, from sitting still and observing your surroundings, bringing your attention to what you are eating, to practicing meditation. Whatever form this takes, a mindful school environment will help you train to be your best when you are feeling stressed or anxious about upcoming projects, tests, or social interactions.
Under duress we don’t rise to our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.
– Bruce Lee
If we want our minds to perform highly and achieve great things, we must train them like we would our bodies to accomplish outstanding physical feats. No couch potato has ever jumped up and went straight to climbing Mount Everest, competing on a World Cup team, or winning gold at the Olympics. To accomplish great things we must also train our minds to handle the everyday stressors we encounter.
Let’s hear from a few mindful school students:
Please reflect on and answer the following questions:
- What does mindfulness mean to you?
- How does your body feel when you are in the Red Zone?
- How can you use mindfulness to help you feel more relaxed?
- Which of the mindfulness practices from the video could you commit to trying for a week?