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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

Teaching mindfulness in school assemblies is a way to help students "slow down", be in the present, and breathe when they are confronted with things that cause them stress or anxiety. When we can get our minds to focus on one simple thought or action, such as breathing, we can separate ourselves from the things that are causing us unease. These strategies help students become more present and less reactionary thus enabling them to make the best decisions in all situations. The key is being able to first calm the disturbance so that students can think more clearly about what is bothering them. Mindfulness is a way of doing this. By practicing mindfulness on a daily basis students can be more centered human beings and will ultimately find more success in school. It is a great tool for any person to have.

Brian can help support your mindfulness in schools initiatives by reinforcing the practices that you have in place in your school. In his assemblies he ties mindfulness into character education by delivering a message to your students that helps them turn their thoughts to things like respect and empathy and acceptance of others. Nothing works better than to turn our thoughts to others once we have used the techniques of mindfulness to calm the disturbance.

Mindfulness - Freedom Within

The stength of this program is in it's simplicity. Students already possess the skills to be mindful in their every day 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's experience conducting workshops in schools for over twenty years allows him to work well with all age groups. One of the consistent peices 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.

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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