Mindful approaches and practice are also increasingly becoming embedded across the school to underpin the therapeutic approach to education.
What is Mindfulness?
In simple terms it is a range of practices that help to develop a greater ability to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds moment by moment. By doing this we can respond skilfully rather than merely reacting to our experiences be they good or bad.
There is a large body of evidence showing how Mindfulness can have mental and physical health benefits as well as improving an individual’s experience of life. Mindfulness can also enhance performance in a range of areas and is increasingly being utilised in the worlds of business, sport and arts.
Mindfulness practices such as meditation can be beneficial in dealing effectively with the challenges of modern living. The practice of mindfulness has been clinically proven to reduce the effects of stress, anxiety and reduce the likelihood of relapse into depression. In addition it helps in a range of performance and learning environments
Mindfulness practice has also been linked to increased creativity and productivity. There is a growing awareness of the wide range of benefits that mindful practices can bring to individuals and groups. This has led to the development of programmes to train business, military and sports personnel at the highest levels.
More anecdotally mindfulness can help in the development of positive, productive relationships and the development of personal insight that promotes increased resilience in the face of challenge.
Feel like having a go?
Mindful practice really works best when you have a regular approach. This has been shown to adjust the pattern of brain activity in positive ways in only a few weeks.
However, anyone can have a go and can even gain immediate benefits of finding moments of calm and insight.
You can download or stream the files from:
Mindfulness in Schools Project
Becton School is on a journey to becoming a mindful school. This means that a mindful awareness is beginning to underpin all interactions and actions of staff. Pupils are increasingly encouraged to exercise mindful approaches to everyday actions and interactions as well as being given the opportunity to practice specific mindful practice such as mediations.
There are also links to other useful resources for experiencing and researching mindfulness.