Solid scientific evidence suggests that mindfulness interventions improve attention, self-control, emotional resilience, recovery from addiction, memory and immune response. Here’s a summary of benefits particularly relevant to educators:

 

Adaptability

Becoming aware of our patterns enables us to gradually change habitual behaviours wisely.

Attention

Strengthens our “mental muscle” for bringing focus back where we want it, when we want it.

Calming

Breathing and other mindfulness practices relax the body and mind, giving access to peace independent of external circumstances

Compassion

Awareness of our own thoughts, emotions, and senses grows our understanding of what other people are experiencing.

Emotional Regulation

Observing our emotions helps us recognize when they occur, to see their transient nature, and to change how we respond to them

Resilience

Seeing things objectively reduces the amount of narrative we add to the world’s natural ups and downs, giving us greater balance.

The Development of Mindfulness

The development of mindfulness, a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, sensations and surrounding environment.

The Development of Heartfulness

The intentional nurturing of positive mind states such as kindness and compassion.