New Research in the fields of psychology, education and neuroscience shows
teaching meditation in schools is having positive effects on students’ well-being,
social skills and academic skills.
“Mindfulness” meditation is one of the more popular practices being taught at
schools. It involves a three-step mental process where students are asked to:
1. Focus your attention on a particular target (for example your own breathing,
a sound, a sensation).
2. Notice when your attention has wandered away from the target.
3. Bring your attention back to the target.
Students are asked to do this without being judgmental and with a curiosity
that allows them to identify patterns in their thoughts and feelings. This leads
to a clearer mind and a more peaceful outlook.