REPORT: LIFE SKILLS
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience”- Jon Kabat Zinn
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional and physical processes. It helps us put some space between ourselves and our reactions, breaking down our conditioned responses. Research has shown that helping students learn how to self-regulate their behaviours through mindfulness has a pronounced positive effect in terms of reduced conflict, controlling impulsivity and focus. Keeping this thought in mind, life skills sessions on mindfulness were conducted for the students of classes VI-VIII.
The session began with a mindful check where students narrowed attention to their breath and expanded their awareness. After expanding awareness, the activity was conducted. Students were shown a video and even asked what they understood by being present. A discussion took place and students shared their different perspectives. Then, different breathing techniques were taught to them. The session ended with a mindful check out.
In the next week, the session began with mindful check in. Students were explained the importance of thoughts and how understanding ones thoughts leads to mindfulness of an individual. They were shown a video explaining thoughts and how different types of thoughts have an effect on an individual. The students took part in a discussion on different kinds of thoughts. They enthusiastically participated in the activity.