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 Ohm…Why Haven’t Schools Started Meditating?

Ohm…Why Haven’t Schools Started Meditating?

Close your eyes and picture yourself in that state. The one where you’re halfway through the school year stressed out and ready for a break. Now, picture your teacher telling you it’s meditation time. What does that mean, you might be wondering? Unfortunately, this is a hard question to answer because it’s not a designated time in many schools around the country…yet.
Student [and faculty] mental health has not always been a top focus for school administrations, as it should be. Some schools have taken the initiative of providing students with options for taking care of their mental health, but they’ve just scratched the surface. It can be easy for children in school, especially when they’re young, to get overwhelmed or frustrated in that environment. When there are practices in place to help prevent the situation from getting out of hand, the classroom tends to run a lot smoother.
Meditation, which is the practice of thinking deeply in silence, especially for religious reasons or in order to make your mind calm, is a great place to start. There are several benefits to meditation that can make students in the classroom a lot calmer and more productive.
According to a combination of studies, students who were taught meditation in school reported feeling more optimistic, more positive emotions, stronger self-identity, and improved health, as well as less anxiety, stress, and depression
There are several different types of meditation practiced by all. However, there is no right or wrong way to meditate if your end goal is to calm down and/or center yourself. A few different methods that might work in the classroom are:

Guided Meditation

This method works when you focus on something to guide you through. You can focus on a smell, place, sound, texture, etc. Your choice in what to focus on should be based on something that you find relaxing. For example, if you often relax at the beach, you would close your eyes and pretend you’re thereby trying to hear the waves crash, smelling the salt, and feeling the sun on your skin.

Mantra Meditation

This method works when you choose a phrase, mantra, or single word and repeat it until you feel you’ve reached a point of relaxation, or successfully prevented intrusive thoughts. For example, when a student is feeling frustrated with school or the lesson you’re working on, they can repeat an affirmation like “I can do this. I am smart. I am capable. I will do my best.”

Yoga

This method might be harder for teachers in a traditional classroom but could be an option for P.E. class. This would help the students to wind down after a rowdy class period of games, sports, etc. through stretching and breathing exercises.
If a teacher can take some time out of the school day (and it doesn’t have to be every day) to meditate, the students would be much better off. The teacher will need to provide a quiet setting and a comfortable place to sit. From there they need to capture the students’ full attention and make sure they can help them attain relaxed breathing while practicing a form of meditation (perhaps one of the above mentioned).
As discussed in the above-mentioned studies, when students meditate in school, it leads to better social and academic skills, as well as higher well-being. So, while we wait for changes to be made in the school districts, we can start meditating at home. There are a lot of online resources for guided meditation, yoga, and more. You should definitely give meditation a try if you’re spending your summer studying.

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