Importance of meditation in school curriculum
- Dec 02, 2014
“Pay attention, students!” screamed Mrs. Margaret D’Souza for the tenth time. She had been teaching English in the school since the last eight years. And, through all these years, the scene of ‘classroom commotion’ had not changed at all! As soon as she turned her back to the classroom to write on the blackboard, a buzz of collective murmur spread across the entire class. No matter how hard she tried, Margaret just couldn't ensure ‘pin drop silence’ in the classroom.
Now, Margaret is not the only teacher struggling to manage unruly kids – I’m pretty sure a noisy classroom would intimidate even the calmest of teachers. But, can we really blame children for their short attention spans and lack of concentration? Actually, the real culprit is our ‘mind’, as they say, ‘the untamed mind is like a wild horse’. As if, it is just waiting for temptations to get distracted.
Are you wondering what then, would be the most scientific solution for enhancing the productivity of school students? The answer is “meditation”. Convinced of its benefits, several schools have introduced meditation in their curriculum. Research has stated that techniques of ‘mindfulness meditation’ and ‘transcendental meditation’ are proven to be quite successful for helping school learners.
But how exactly can compulsory meditations sessions in school help students? Let us take a look at the next few paragraphs to know it:
Reduces stress: If you observe carefully, modern youngsters are more prone to developing greater stress levels. Kids are always under tremendous pressure from all sides – pressure to perform well in exams, excel in all extra-curricular activities and of course peer pressure. If children practice meditation at least for twenty minutes in school, their negative emotions would transform into positive energies instantly. It’s amazing how meditation cuts down stress levels and make kids more relaxed, happy and calm.
Increases attention span: Most students fail to make it during examinations simply because they did not pay attention when the teacher was explaining in the class. Then, there are some kids who suffer from learning disorders. And, as a result, are unable to focus on the lessons which are being taught in school. Regular meditation is known to improve attention of students and even assist people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). So, students are able to retain the knowledge they gain from teachers.
Improves cognitive skills: When I attended school, I recall some of my classmates facing difficulty in analyzing and memorizing most of the lessons. For instance, even after the teacher explained a particular chapter, some of them were clueless about its concept. Naturally, they were silent when the teacher asked questions or gave them some written exercises. Some others understood the lessons, but failed to retain them in their memory. Meditation improves cognitive performance of learners and empowers them with better logic and reasoning abilities.
Build self-confidence: Life is a continuous rat race. We can win it only if we equip ourselves with self-confidence and self-awareness. Unfortunately, most young people decide who they are, influenced by the thoughts and opinions of their peer groups. They are completely unaware of their qualities and potential. This often hampers their physical and psychological well-being, which impacts their academics too. When you meditate, you’re still and able to observe yourself better. And, your mind becomes clutter-free and non-judgmental – helping you know yourself better.
Encourages sociability: How many of you often find it tough to socialize? Tension, fear, anxiety or nervousness takes a toll on us at times, and prevents us from enjoying the company of our friends. Sometimes, kids simply refuse to go out for playing because they are ‘feeling low’. Engaging in meditation would flush away their laziness and anxiety, energizing them instantly. For when you are meditating, neurotransmitters are released in your brain, stimulated by activity in the frontal brain cortex. This region is associated with happiness, and therefore you feel happier and ready to socialize.
Lowers blood pressure: Meditation is the safest bet for lowering high blood pressure. Today, numerous adolescent students suffer from hypertension and high blood pressure. Hectic schedules, lack of physical activity in case of modern students and increased competition are responsible for such physical ailments of children. Especially, mindfulness meditation helps lower blood pressure
If meditation is made a part of the school curriculum, children won’t be able to escape from it. And making it mandatory would ensure that they participate in it daily, which would improve their overall performance in schools.
So, you see students, you cannot avoid it and go to your teacher the next day saying you’ve practiced it at home, when you didn’t really bother to! Trust me, it’s one of the easiest ways to score higher grades and excel in extra-curricular events as well. You just need to close your eyes, relax and focus on any single thought or idea or mantra - and before you know it, you’ve already started meditation!
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