When students misbehave in class, they are punished. That’s the system most people grew up in and have accepted. If teachers were to adopt a more compassionate and mindful approach to youngsters acting out, however, what would change? That is a question faculty members at Baltimore’s Robert W. Coleman Elementary School asked. After swapping detention with meditation, the school reported incredible results.
Well and Good reports that instead of punishing children who misbehave, the elementary school instead sends them to the “Mindful Moment Room” so they may calm down and catch their breath. Breathing exercises and a relaxing atmosphere help make this an easier task. Plush purple pillows are available for children to sit on and the space is decorated with bright colors. Rather than feel as if they are in trouble, the kids are prompted to feel as if they are receiving an opportunity to let go of what is bothering them and get centered.
The program was launched in partnership with Holistic Life Foundation. Because all kids should learn how to meditate and be informed of the benefits it offers, the Foundation hosts an after-school program called Holistic Me – and all are welcome.
Not long after switching detention for meditation, the school witnessed a stark change in attitudes. Best of all, the transformation inspired other elementary schools to adopt the same program. As Upworthy reports, Robert W. Coleman Elementary didn’t issue a single suspension in 2015.
Students who have benefited from meditation have left testimonials on the Holistic Life Foundation’s testimonial page. One said the program taught them how to focus during tests, avoid fighting with their peers, and even keep calm around their parents. Another 5th grader explained:
“Sometimes when I get mad I just breathe deep… I just, like I picture me being in a certain place I like, and I just thought I could overcome everybody and then I just stop being mad…I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do… I think of something that a stronger, a mentally stronger person would do.”
There are numerous benefits to meditating, which is why all humans should be encouraged to adopt the practice. Sitting in silence and breathing in total awareness for about 10-15 minutes a day (minimum) has been shown to decrease stress, allow one to “see the bigger picture,” and even benefit health-wise due to lowered blood pressure and decreased feelings of anxiety.
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