Up until 1950, the word mindfulness was hardly used. Sometime around 1950, it started to be used more and more with a big climb in usage during this decade. Despite it becoming a word that is generally used more often, the act of mindfulness is still not fully understood by many in society.
What is the definition of the word, mindfulness? A quick Google search brings up this:
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
The word itself usually conjures up images of people sitting in a lotus position, hands with pinched fingers resting on the knees and the person saying, “Ooommmmmm”, at regular intervals. This perception is not entirely wrong. This is a form of mindfulness called meditation and meditation, though extremely effective and powerful, is only one way to be mindful.
My journey, still in it’s infancy, began because I had become stressed and anxious to the point that it was impacting on my health and well being. My discovery of mindfulness to support my own health and well being led me to research on mindfulness in children, what has changed in society that has seen a generation or two have to learn mindfulness as adults and how we can support the development of the life long skill of mindfulness in adult as and children.
Studies already conducted in childhood mindfulness have revealed numerous positive benefits. The most promising benefits include:
Discover life balance
Deepen social skills
Develop math skills
Improved decision-making skills
The next series of blog posts will focus on mindfulness, top tips for you personally as an educator, top tips for using mindfulness strategies in the classroom and top tips for parents.
In the meantime, please share your experiences in mindfulness as an individual, educator or parent in the comments section.