This Article was created in June 2013. Exploring how meditation is being used in schools to help calm minds and beat daily stress.
Meditation keeps popping up as one way to help combat self esteem so this was an interesting read to see that schools are incorporating this into the curriculum
“Even a few minutes meditation can give students and teachers a sense of calm and peace of mind that benefits their emotional and physical health.”
The article states that there is two types of meditation once on the concept of mindfulness and one that focusses on compassion.
In the context of educational psychology, a number of studies have found that meditation can improve wellbeing and develop empathy skills. For example, studies lead by Shauna L Shapiro of Santa Clara University have found that awareness of one’s state of mind can improve coping strategies for dealing with the stress of everyday life, which may benefit students under pressure to attain high grades or teachers targeting ever higher pupil targets. In relation to compassion, the University of California, Los Angeles’s (UCLA) David S. Black and colleaguesfound empirical evidence that meditation leads to reduced misbehaviour and aggression among children and adolescents.