“Mindfulness means gaining attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally” Jon Kabat-Zinn
We are united in our belief that through mindful practice children learn to pause, catch their breath and get a sense of what they need. We enrich our classes by nurturing an awareness of mindfulness. It’s a skill that we are born with but life too quickly drowns it out.
Mindfulness is gaining in popularity, and is currently being introduced to children in schools and at home as more research is being done as to its effectiveness.
Mindfulness can be described as “The mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment, whilst acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations”
Mindfulness meditation can help children to enhance their mental capabilities such as abstract thinking, memory, and creativity. It even helps improve leadership and social skills.
- Mindful practice can strengthen and build neural pathways between two key areas of the brain:
- The smart brain area (prefrontal cortex) the region of the brain involved with executive functioning and self-regulation i.e. attention, problem solving, memory and impulse control.
- The alarm brain (amygdala) the region of the brain involved in emotional and fright, flight and fight responses.
- This means instead of automatically over reacting to a stimulus we respond in a more measured, conscious fashion