Students & Meditation
Students and Meditation
When I was teaching in the public school system, I started integrating 5-minute meditations into the beginning of my classes. It was interesting to see how readily the students responded to the practices. They slipped right into meditation like it was 2nd nature and I came to realize that is because it is. The only reason that it seems like meditation is not 2nd nature to many humans is because most of us have not grown up in an environment that meditates. Thankfully this is starting to change in the western world and the educational structure is a great platform to integrate self- reflection through meditation. Studies at various Universities have shown that meditation helps students improve self-confidence; reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. Students are then more relaxed, happier, focused, creative and have improved academic achievement. Meditation makes the brain sharper and in harmony with itself as well as the entire nervous system. University students who took up meditation were found to have physical changes in the fibers of their brain in an area related to regulating emotions and behavior and these changes lead to better cognitive and intellectual performance. There are unlimited benefits to meditating of which I have had the opportunity of relating to on an experiential level both in my self as well as in my classrooms. There is a marked change when student’s transition from practicing meditation and go into their day. They take these calm focused feelings into their state of being throughout the day. It was also interesting to note that many of the students started to do the meditation practices on their own and reported back to me as to why they did it and the effects it had on their life. I recognize that many teachers in schools discuss and even do some meditations in schools but there are not really many resources specifically for students or the educational systems. This all led me to create a program that can be integrated into educational systems and flow into all students’ lives which will then have a powerful effect on upcoming generations.