Key reasons why meditation in schools should be encouraged
Spiritual truths should be a natural outgrowth of the modern educational foundations. Instead of learning about spirituality bit by bit much later in life, every child coming of age should have repeated exposure to meditation, empathy development, mindfulness, etc. Some may argue this as social engineering, but humans are anyway already wired socially, often for worse in most cases as is evident when one takes into consideration the existing plight of the planet.
Why should one encourage meditation in schools?
Meditation calms the mind and makes one aware of his/her surroundings and even let him/her know that he/she is aware. In reality, it is a thought-free, label-free, and judgment-free zone. It is difficult not to attain inner peace when one observes everything as holy, and spirit in everything. In fact, humans are pre-wired for spirituality and getting them started on this path via mediation early on in life has several benefits.
To begin with, mindfulness meditation improves attention, optimism, and behavior of students along with lowering their aggression and stress. Thus, meditation helps students to be better prepared for learning. By including meditation in their lesson plans, teachers also say their classrooms become more peaceful. Additionally, meditation helps improve relationships between students by making them more compassionate, kind, and forgiving toward one another.
It has also been found that students with ADHD show improved attention span when they practice meditation, which in turn helps them to take part in classroom learning. With there being so many benefits of meditation for school children, it surely pays to get the young ones started on the right path early on in their lives.
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Long, Noah and Steinberger, Kevin. “Meditation And Teachers – Benefits for Educators and Students.” ECO IMSTITUTE, Accessed June 10, 2019. https://eocinstitute.org/meditation/meditation-and-teachers-benefits-for-educators-and-students/