What is mindfulness?
According to Dr. Kristen Race (The Mindful Life), mindfulness is “paying attention to the present moment with kindness.”
Why should we create a mindfulness practice?
“We are a society of stressed-out adults raising a generation of stressed-out kids.”
– Dr. Kristen Race
We all know that we operate better when our stress levels are reduced. When we practice mindfulness regularly, not only do we reduce stress, but also:
- we feel happier, healthier and calmer
- it becomes easier for us to concentrate and make better decisions
We believe that by teaching our students and ourselves the skills to create and maintain a mindfulness practice, we will not only reduce stress in our lives, but will also have the tools to deal with stress when it arises. We also want happier and healthier beings who are able to think clearer and make better choices.
Watch – Just Breathe
How do we bring this practice into our school?
In the Fall of 2014, the Columbine teachers completed a mindfulness education program from Mindful Life Today so we could teach our students the skills for creating and maintaining a mindfulness practice. Not only did teachers learn ways to build their own mindfulness practice, but they learned how to incorporate and integrate this practice in the classroom.
Talk to your child’s teacher about how they are practicing mindfulness in their classroom. They can also give you tips for what you can do at home with your child.
Watch – Mindfulness at Columbine
- Mindful Parenting: Simple and Powerful Solutions for Raising Creative, Engaged, Happy Kids in Today’s Hectic World – by Dr. Kristen Race
- Mindful Parent Happy Child – by Pilar Placone