The Benefits of Mindfulness
An excerpt from Why Mindfulness is Needed in Education by MindfulSchools.org
Solid scientific evidence shows that mindfulness practice improves attention, self-control, emotional resilience, recovery from addiction, memory, immune response, and more. This summarizes benefits that are particularly relevant to educators; these are fundamental human abilities that when fostered through mindfulness practice will contribute to greater well-being in our school communities.
Manage Stress & Anxiety
Mindfulness practice helps educators notice the impact of toxic stress and anxiety and develop the skills to more effectively transform stressful situations.
Strengthen Cognitive Health & Attention
Mindfulness contributes to greater clarity in executive choice, decision-making, and healthy cognitive functioning. It strengthens our “mental muscle” for bringing focus back where we want it, when we want it.
Model Compassion & Kindness
As an educator’s mindfulness practice deepens, they develop a stronger capacity for self-care and self-compassion and ability to nurture, comfort, and heal themselves, students, and others.
Cultivate Awareness & Balance
Mindfulness gives us the skills to be present with our emotions, especially the difficult ones. Mindfulness practice can help reduce their intensity and impact on us and allows for new possibilities and patterns.
Foster Empathy & Connection
Mindfulness practice is a powerful way to develop a deeper sense of connection with both ourselves and others. Building our capacity for empathy supports us in effective communication, collaboration and leadership.
Mindfulness equips educators with resources like patience, flexibility, and equanimity, helping them to cope with adversity. Cultivating positive states – calm, relaxation, and peace – builds our inner strength to take on the daily challenges in schools.
Why is Mindfulness Needed in Education?
Schools, Mindful. “Why Is Mindfulness Needed in Education?” Mindful Schools, 1 Aug. 2020, www.mindfulschools.org/about-mindfulness/why-is-mindfulness-needed-in-education/.
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I chose this article because I like the fact that it is specifically focused towards educators, substitute or otherwise. Being able to connect with yourself is an important skill that will help create a balanced environment for those around you.