There are three fundamental processes required for mindfulness to occur: forming intention, paying attention and adjusting your attitude (Shapiro, Carltion, Astin & Freedman, 2006). Mindfulness is a purposeful act and, the process of becoming mindful, can seem to be selfish in today’s society that deems multi-tasking to be what successful people do to be successful. Thus, we have people who can not calm their mind and recognise individual thoughts and feelings which leads to fight or flight reactions that are hard wired into our natural reflexes.
A study suggest that mindfulness promotes significant positive changes in the brain structures that deal with learning and memory processes, self-referential processing, emotion regulation and perspective-taking. In short, all the skills we want children to have for effective teaching and learning to occur (Hole life et al., 2011).
There are many strategies for practicing and developing mindfulness which I will explore in future blogs…
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