Solid scientific evidence suggests that mindfulness interventions improve attention, self-control, and emotional resilience, recovery from addiction, memory and immune response. Here’s a summary of benefits particularly relevant to educators:
Strengthens our "mental muscle" for bringing focus back where we want it, when we want it.
Observing our emotions helps us recognize when they occur, to see their transient nature, and to change how we respond to them.
Becoming aware of our patterns enables us to gradually change habitual behaviors wisely.
Awareness of our own thoughts, emotions, and senses grows our understanding of what other people are experiencing.
Breathing and other mindfulness practices relax the body and mind, giving access to peace independent of external circumstances.
Seeing things objectively reduces the amount of narrative we add to the world's natural ups and downs, giving us greater balance.
It improves our ability to manage a number of significant psychological challenges associated with stress, including:
Overwhelm. The sense that life – and particularly your own thoughts and emotions – is “too much to handle.”
Busyness. The sense that “doing things” has become compulsive – that you are constantly avoiding simply being with yourself.
Rumination. The sense that the same stressful thought patterns “loop” over and over again in your mind without being questioned.
Dissociation. The sense that you maintain unhealthy psychological distance from life and from people, cut off from your own and other people’s emotions.
Narcissism. The sense that life is about defending, protecting and enhancing one’s sense of self. A lack of empathy for the needs of others and an inability to take compassionate action.
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