I am sure a lot of you have experienced the fantastic practice of meditation. Boasting a wide variety of benefits, meditation is proven to have a massive impact on your mental and emotional well-being. Burdened with stress, and facing something has been challenging you, meditation is an excellent way to relax and gain insight in your daily life. Could you imagine if the practice of meditation was taught to you as a child? The impact on your life would have been drastic.
There are countless benefits to teaching children meditation. A few years ago, the school district of San Francisco was searching for a way to help troubled teens in their schools. After much thought and deliberation, they went forward with a program called “quiet time”. The program gave students the opportunity to practice transcendental meditation, which involves the use of a sound or mantra within the technique, for 15 minutes a day. The school board had hopes that this would assist students in letting go of stress and confusion in their lives. The school saw a 79% decrease in suspensions, a 98.3% increase in attendance, and an increase to student’s GPA by 4, only four years after the start of “Quiet Time”, according to Collective Evolution.
If we started teaching meditation to our younger generations, would it prevent fighting and bullying, would drop-outs dwindle in numbers? Would it maybe give them a head-start to provide them with the necessary life tools for a more peaceful, successful life?
The wonderful organization called Tonic For The Soul recently started a campaign to fundraise in support of instilling meditation time during school hours for kids and teenagers. Their goal is to “empower the youth with the tools that bring calm, focus and happiness” to give them the best start to life.
The money that is raised will help with the production of a guided meditation series, a website, and a table at a major Health and Wellness Expo.
The children of today will be the leaders of the future- imagine how this one simple practice could shape our tomorrows for the better.
If you would like to support this campaign, please visit this link.