By Andrea Johnson 4-29-2019 enlightened-consciousness.com
Traditionally when children act up in school, they would get detention or they get suspended. An Elementary School in Baltimore has a far healthier approach to discipline.
Robert W. Coleman Elementary has Partnered with the Holistic Life Foundation, changing its approach, and instead of punishing the disruptive children, they have employed the Mindful Moment program. The program teaches the children to wind down and reflect, as well as breathe in tough situations.
Disruptive children are sent to the Mindful Moment room where there is staff that has the necessary training to help students with stress, anxiety, and other issues that may cause them to act up. Students are allowed to stop by the room on their own accord as well.
For the students that have been referred there by teachers, the specialists would spend about 5 minutes in targeted discussion and then a further 15 minutes with them doing appropriate mindful exercises, which could range from breathing to simple yoga exercises.
The Mindful Moment help students overcome the trauma they might have faced, which causes them to act out. Some of these students have seen violence, even seen people get murdered. The Mindful Moment helps them be aware and release it, by arming them with the tools to let it go.
This is awesome, as the program is not only helping the students but their home life as well, as many of the kids are teaching their parents to breathe out their stress and tension.
The school plays Mindful Moment audio over the loudspeaker every morning and afternoon to start and end their days calmly.
The program also helps mentor and tutor the children, as well as teach them about the environment.
How awesome is this, since the Mindful Moment program started, not a single student has been suspended. This 15 min breathing exercise, meditation helps the children to focus and re-calibrate.
A nearby school, Patterson Park High has also used the Mindful Moment program and said that the suspension rates have dropped and attendance has increased.
Studies have shown that meditation can enhance creativity, relieve stress and pain, even boost immune systems.
Not only is this for the students, the teachers may involved too.
More schools should consider this alternative approach, rather than strict punishment, especially in high crime areas.
More info: Holistic Life Foundation
Photos are from the Harborlight Montessori when The Village Oasis Yoga Instructor Tachou DB visited the children and conducted a class for students in lower elementary one.
By Dana Claudat
Designer & Feng Shui Masterh
May 8, 2019
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When it comes to fostering happiness, practices like meditation, yoga, exercise, healthy eating, energy healing, and, of course, doing more of what you love every day are certainly helpful. But did you know that your home can also help promote a more cheerful life?
The energy of your home affects you every day, all day. A home with less clutter and more organization can help you be less stressed and more in flow. Decorating with plants, trees, and nature can give you a feeling of being grounded and centered. The scent of your favorite cookies baking can shuttle you back to treasured memories of childhood. Something as simple as painting or accessorizing with your favorite colors can even give you a burst of energy. All these things help you see and feel and sense of delight without much effort at all.
When you’re immersed in a joyful space, it’s easy to revel in that joy. It’s everywhere you look.
If you need to lift up your spirits, revive your day, or get unstuck, these high-vibe space shifts all make for an easy refresh:
- Fluff things up.
Cushions, pillows, blankets, and bedding often get crumpled and smushed, but a simple fluff-up does two things: First, it makes everything look pretty and inviting. Second, and more apropos to our topic today, as you fluff things up, you shake out any stuck, stagnant energy and “wake up” the most comfortable parts of your home.
- Feed your plants.
Check to see how best to keep each one of your plants happy. When your plants are thriving, they serve as great mirrors of your thriving life!
- Wash your floors with natural cleaners.
A quick vacuum or sweep is great, but you should aim for a more thorough wash of all your floors and carpets every season. If you’re mopping your floors, add a pinch of sea salt to the mix with the intention of eliminating any lingering negative energy while bringing in more sparkle.
- Steam clean, steam clean, steam clean.
I could talk for hours about the joys of a steam cleaner! A multipurpose steam cleaning machine can deep-clean shower tiles that seem impossible to scrub, floors, windows, curtains, and just about anything else you can imagine. Energetically speaking, a clean home is a great thing, so I’d recommend one of these any day.
- Treat yourself to flowers.
Grab a handful of flowers once a week for a thoroughly fresh space at home: any kind of flower, anywhere you want to put them, any time of year.
- Make room to play with art supplies.
If you make space to make art, you change your space dramatically. Whatever your medium, the more you can practice at home, the better.
- Clear your crystals.
I can’t tell you how often I’ve forgotten to do this in the past. All of a sudden, my crystals suddenly feel…dull. If you have a crystal collection or wear jewelry with gems, they need a refresh every once in a while. Crystals conduct energy, and if they’ve been tired out or overly full of messaging, just like us, they lose bandwidth and cease to be their radiant, energetic selves. If you have a favorite method to clear your crystals (laying them outside in the full moon light, holding them in a stream of a sage or palo santo smoke, etc.), do it to revitalize them whenever they start to feel less sparkly.
- Add shine.
I often say that I’m at home wherever there’s a disco ball or some shiny gold. That’s my style. What is your favorite shine? Polished marble? Glitter? Crystal-clear glass? Chrome? Add enough of your favorite shine to the rooms you spend the most time in so that you feel that boost. It instantly lightens and brightens.
- Re-style your displays.
If you have a shelf that’s been filled with the same things for 10 years or a china cabinet collection that never changes, it might be time to switch things up and bring a whole new story into the space.
- Put positive words on display.
A mug with a favorite quote on it might seem cliché to some, but my teacup reminds me to “Do more of what you love” every morning, and that’s valuable! Add a cool affirmative word or phrase poster to your office space (mindbodygreen HQ has Peter Tunney’s “Gratitude” art on one huge wall!), your kitchen, your phone’s lock-screen—anywhere you look often is a wonderful reminder. And, of course, fill your days with good words that you think and speak often!
These simple shifts can add a dose of freshness to your space and build positive momentum to carry into your days. All that joy is magnetic. It brings you more of what you want with far more ease.
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