Today has been a splendid day! Today I’ve spent the morning switching off and unwinding from the chaos and craziness of the 21st century. I’ve strolled along the river. I’ve travelled back in time by meandering through a vintage antique store. I’ve read an inspiring and uplifting book. I’ve spent quality time in meditative practice. I’m keeping it simple today and enjoying life.
However, this ‘got’ me to pondering and thinking about the 21st century, and why ‘we’ are more anxious and stressed than ever before. Why are ‘our’ children becoming more anxious and stressed? Can anyone provide me with the answer to such a puzzling phenomenon, so that I can share it with the world. Afterall, sharing is caring.
So this is what brings me to the focus of the blog – The Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation in the 21st Century. How can we make the world a happier and healthier place for ourselves, our children and the future generations to come.
I held a Masterclass on this very topic a few weeks ago. I drew upon the Early Years Learning Framework and the following outcomes for inspiration, and to align the topic with current practices in the early education and care sector.
* Outcome 1 Children have a strong sense of identity
* Outcome 2 Children are connected with and contribute to their world
* Outcome 3 Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
I delved into the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for both children and adults alike. I researched the benefits of mindfulness and came up with the following list;
– Improves focus and concentration
– Improves functioning of the brain
– Increases attention span
– Helps to control and regulate emotions
– Improves digestion
– Increases immunity and helps fight diseases
– Reduces anxiety and stress
– Makes you and those around you happier
– Helps you sleep well
– Provides a sense of calm, peace and balance
– Encourages empathy and kindness
– Empowers Children and Builds resiliency
– Promotes better performance throughout life
As Referenced from www.artofliving.org
The research is extensive. I myself go on gut instinct. I know when I practice mindfulness, when I take time to switch off and meditate, and when I surround myself with nature; that I am a calmer, more focused and happier person. That’s all the answer I need!
If we start teaching our children mindfulness and meditation now, we can eradicate violence in the future. We can instill in the children empathy and respect for all living creatures and the environment that they live in. We can ensure that there will be a future for the coming generations to exist on this planet that we call home.
We may teach the children, however we can also learn from them. Watch the video Just Breathe https://youtu.be/RVA2N6tX2cg
To book into an upcoming workshop or to book an in-service contact joanna.merton.inspireme.com.au You will be provided with a range of activites and tips when working with children and to reduce anxiety and burnout as an educator.