Continuing research is showing that mindful practices can have a tremendous impact on physical and mental wellbeing - both for adults and children. Mindfulness is a key support for optimal learning and protects a student’s’ developing brain from the harmful effects of stress and trauma. It also cultivates greater self-awareness and an expanded awareness of others and the world.
The following mindfulness practices and activities are used in our Core Program. Descriptions for each can be found in the 2015 Open Circle Curriculum under "Mindfulness Practices and Activities":
Mindfulness Literature for Children
Mindfulness Literature for Adults
Mindful Schools: The Mindful Schools website describes some research outcomes suggesting that in addition to improved attention, emotional regulation, and reduction of stress, benefits of mindfulness include greater compassion. “People randomly assigned to mindfulness training are more likely to help someone in need and have greater self-compassion.”
Breathe2Relax mobile App: for children and adults
For additional information about Open Circle's integration of mindfulness themes and practices into training programs and curricula, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Integrating Mindfulness into SEL
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