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Calm Meditation will be practiced in Ms. Jacobs’ art classes. 

“If every 8 year old is taught meditation, we will eliminate 

violence from the world within one generation” Dalai Lama 

Is this religious? Can it be taught in school?
The great thing
about mindfulness meditation is that it’s a universal practice that has nothing to do with organized religion, or dogma of any kind. It can be practiced by anyone, at any time, in any place.

Hundreds of scientific papers are published every year showing positive links between mindfulness meditation and a wide range of benefits. You can read about some of them here:

  • New York Times — The Mindful Child
  • KQED News — What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness?
  • Washington Post — Harvard Neuroscientist on the physical effects Mindfulness
  • Harvard Business Review — Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain
  • The Atlantic — Should Schools Teach Kids to Meditate?
  • Wellcome Trust — 7-year study about mindfulness in UK schools
  • Mindful Nation UK — Report by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group “Room to Breathe” — documentary on mindfulness in schools by Russell Long
  • San Francisco Chronicle — Meditation Transforms Roughest San Francisco Schools

How does mindfulness benefit children?

Meditation helps children understand and respond to their thoughts and emotions. It acts as a tool to help calm down the mind and develop awareness. Sometimes it’s hard for children to tune into what they’re feeling. They know they feel mad, sad, or overwhelmed, but they don’t always know why. Moreover, they don’t know what to do about it. Mindfulness helps them to still the mind and connect with what’s going on 

within, so that they can make the choices that best serve them. This leads to better impulse control and heightened emotional intelligence.
Responding in a non-reactive way is one of the most valuable skills someone can learn. Through meditation, children develop the ability to pause, breathe, and really listen to what their minds and bodies are telling them. Mindfulness skills teach us how to better

deal with stress and feeling overwhelmed. Ultimately, when we practice mindful meditation on a regular basis, it helps us to be more patient, connected, and calm.
This is how we want to empower the children of the next generation. Meditation is one of the best ways to optimiz
e children’s health. It helps them concentrate, reduces anxiety, and cultivates compassion. They are able to better handle stress, resolve conflicts, and recognize and manage their thoughts and emotions.

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