Mindfulness at Blue Ash Elementary
What: Mindfulness is:
Intentionally paying close attention to whatever is happening as it is happening in the present moment
Observing/noticing sensations, perceptions, thoughts, feelings in non-reactive way even if unpleasant, distressing, painful
Acting with awareness instead of being on automatic pilot
Mindfulness can be part of breathing, eating, brushing your teeth, feeling your feet on the ground and smelling the air if you’re outside taking a walk, and much more
Why: It is helpful for our brains and bodies!
Mindful Schools reports that research has found improvements in anxiety, cognitive functioning and self-regulation among children trained in mindfulness. http://www.mindfulschools.org/about-mindfulness/research/
Learning to be mindful of what’s happening in the moment helps kids make sound decisions rather than be ruled by their emotions. When we’re calm, we can more easily be mindful and make good choices.
Where: At BAE in the classrooms, media center AND can be implemented at home if desired. At BAE we are incorporating mindfulness into the student’s experience in the classroom with mindfulness activities including breathing and gratitude journals, the media center with the addition of mindfulness related books, on the playground at recess and through yoga for select classrooms within grades.
Check out some ideas to try out at home, by downloading this Mindfulness Handout HERE.