Dr Craig Hassed, senior lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at Melbourne's Monash University, says: "Meditation is a great adjunct for a lot of things, from chronic pain to improving sleep, helping reduce blood pressure and coping with stress, anxiety and depression."
Educational benefits of meditation & mindfulness
Meditation has been shown to have a dramatic effect on brain function. A core element of learning meditation is training oneās attention and subsequently, oneās awareness. Increasingly, a large and growing body of research is showing that meditation and mindfulness complement and also greatly enhance educational skills, learning and behaviour, particularly as mediation helps to develop traditional educational skills.
Meditation and mindfulness have been shown to:
- Improve learning ability and academic performance
- Enhance social and emotional learning
- Facilitate greater cognitive function and intelligence
- Improve memory
- Improve attention and focus
- Improve planning and organisational skills, as well as better information processing
- Improve creativity
- Reduce stress and anxiety (including test anxiety) and improve behaviour
- Improve self-esteem, self-development and self-awareness
- Aid better emotional self-regulation and improved social and relationship skills
All of the above benefits can lead to a much improved learning and social environment, which, in turn, provides benefit to teachers and staff and the educational institution (and system) overall.
Obviously the additional, and extensive, health and wellbeing benefits of meditation (both for pupils and for teachers and staff) are highly valuable and are integral to the courses we teach.
Meditation and mindfulness courses are being introduced into a growing number of schools around the UK, with great success. We are happy to work with any school or educational institution to develop a suitable programme for you. There are various options, from a simple presentation and ātasterā session on meditation/mindfulness (often a good way to start), through to Learn to Meditate courses and on to structured programmes, such as Mindfulness for Schools (which can be 4, 6 or 8 week programmes).
Please do contact us for further information.