There's a wonderful surge that's happening in the world of mindfulness right now and its movement into the schools with children. When I saw this video of what they are doing in an elementary school in Oakland, California I was blown away.
One of the kids said:
"Before a test, if we're nervous, we just breathe, calm down and it sends a message to our mind that 'we can make it!'
Wow, that is powerful.
For quite a while now researchers have been looking at what makes the seeds of resiliency. I couldn't have found a more picture perfect example than this child's proclamation. If we can have the messages bubble up in our youth that "We can make it!" We're in good shape.
Go ahead and WATCH for yourself:
Really, the best way to help out our kids with this and create promise for generations to come is to begin with ourselves.
Yes, yes, we've heard this all before, but we've heard it all before because there's truth to it. There are so many resources out there right now to help us cultivate more mindfulness in our daily life, it's important to just take one step at a time.
For more good instruction on mindfulness and children you can check out my interview with Susan Kaiser Greenland.
As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction provides a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.
Adapted from a publication on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy at Psychcentral.com. Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is Co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook and the Mindful Solutions CD Series dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD and Success at Work. You may also find him at www.drsgoldstein.com.