“Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
In looking at mindfulness through this lens, the action and practice of being mindful is something that can be included throughout our daily activities and daily thinking. We can be mindful when we are eating, mindful when we are using tools, mindful when we are engaging in discussion – we can practice paying attention to stimuli and our interactions with that stimuli as an opportunity to further our understandings and skill sets that might contribute to our life (as well as others’ lives) being more wonderful.
Imagine including this approach into the daily learning opportunities for students. Imagine cultivating an environment in which individuals are offered a platform to objectively uncover the ‘now’ and identify their experience within it. In what ways might students be served differently? In what ways might this contribute to active participation and whole-person growth?
The following article from mindful.org shares information on how mindfulness-based approaches are showing up in the classroom, as well as the research into why mindfulness opportunities might be especially vital for student success within the current social and technological landscape.