“Our Students Are Too Stressed For Mindfulness!”
- K-12 Principal
Yes, this was an actual objection voiced by a prospective client. And I agree with her. Mindfulness is usually imposed on students as just another thing that adults want them to do. It’s up there with eating their vegetables and going to the dentist. That’s why many a student has been known to affectionately refer to the practice as “mindulness.” Not surprisingly, when mindfulness feels like just another chore, students are less likely to practice and gain its life-changing benefits.
Introducing the benefits of mindfulness to students in “adult” language such as “improved social, emotional, and academic outcomes” doesn’t help. Instead, such benefits need to be presented in their language—a language of superpowers, video games, and power-up codes.
Next, we will explore the five steps to begin teaching mindfulness to students in fun, sustainable ways!