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  Teaching Mindfulness In School Assemblies

Mindfulness In Schools Initiatives

Mindfulness is a practice many schools are starting to use to help students deal with stress and other challenges that confront children today. Mindfulness in schools initiatives support students by teaching them how to keep themselves centered, and become the best that they can be! Acceptance and knowing what we can and can't change is key in mental well-being. The things that cause stress, anxiety and worry are as varied as there are individual people.

Teaching Mindfulness In School Assemblies

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The strength of this program is in its’ simplicity. Students already possess the skills to be mindful in their everyday lives. When students are intently working on a drawing, or running carefree on the playground they are simply being present. Their minds are not lost in worry about the past or worry about the future....they are just "being present."

Brian's program Mindfulness - Freedom Within, achieves two main goals. First, through a line of inquiry, Brian helps students realize that they ALREADY possess the skills necessary to practice mindfulness on a daily basis. The class will practice some quiet reflective moments, accompanied by instrumental guitar, where students will practice using their five senses to help them be present.

Once students realize that they ALREADY possess the skills necessary to practice daily mindfulness, Brian poses the following questions to achieve his second goal: "When and how can we intentionally use these skills (that we already possess) when we DO feel stressed, worried and anxious?" Having these mindfulness skills already within us is kind of like having a superpower...the only question is....when and how do we use these superpowers to help ourselves stay present, calm and mindful?

Brian then introduces students to breathing techniques they can use when stressful situations arise, when they are just feeling anxious, or to just unwind after a busy day.

Brian's experience conducting workshops in schools for over twenty years allows him to work well with all age groups. One of the consistent pieces of feedback Brian receives from educators is the strength of his lines of inquiry. Rather than telling kids the information, he weaves stories and music together with the most important part of the dialogue...the students' own thoughts and ideas.

A mindfulness residency usually culminates with a fun, interactive performance in which the students are engaged and present. Brian presents his fun, character based songs and ties mindfulness into character education ideas like empathy, respect and being of service to others.

This one day program can stand alone or is sometimes combined with a second day focusing on Songwriting. Brian leads the students through the songwriting process where the students brainstorm and write lyrics based on their experience on Day One of the program, as well as their knowledge of mindfulness. Having a song, that they created, helps students remember the strategies that they already possess, and empowers them to use these superpowers to have mindful, calm and happy days.

 

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