After my most recent meditation retreat, I decided to have my students meditate with me daily. The results were immediate! Not only did behavior improve, but the culture of our class has become more peaceful and community-like.
These short meditation prompts are based on an ancient Indian technique called Vipassana. The idea behind Vipàssana meditation is to observe sensations on the body without reaction or craving. Over time, people who meditate in this way begin to observe experiences in everyday life without immediately reacting. For students, it is a good way for them to work on mindfulness, attention span, and to learn to control their impulsivity.
If you choose to try it in your class, please leave a comment to let me know if you have noticed any changes in your students or classroom! I recommend 3-5 minutes to start, and you can either keep it the same or slowly increase over time.
If you try the meditation on your own at home, I recommend starting with 30 minutes - one hour.
Print the pages 2-sided and cut it out...it becomes a flip book. The students will see what day it is as you read them the directions (if their eyes are open). I included the PowerPoint version so you can make changes as you see necessary. I recommend saving as a PDF before printing.
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