Meditation Replaces Detention
After 15 years of bringing yoga and mindfulness to Baltimore schools, the Holistic Life Foundation—founded by brothers Ali and Atman Smith and Andy Gonzalez—has garnered nationwide attention, on CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, and others, for its Mindful Moment Room at Robert W. Coleman Elementary. Instead of detention, children take a moment to breathe and assess what’s going on in body and mind. Suspensions dropped to zero.
The publicity helps, Gonzalez says, because “We’re interested in inspiring systemic change in education, here in Baltimore, and beyond.” To help with that effort, HLF’s workforce development initiative just increased the staff from 30 to 37. Atman Smith says, “We can offer training and meaningful work to people with few options. We have one ex-con who has turned his life around and is now a role model.” His brother Ali adds, “Our partnerships in other cities, like Boston and Madison, WI, are making it possible for us to replicate our success, and to create online tools to serve the entire country, and even the world. It’s all about the love.”
Instead of detention, children take a moment to breathe and assess what’s going on in body and mind. Suspensions dropped to zero.
Protecting Those Who Serve
Nine out of 10 officers will suffer from some traumatic event in their first years of duty. Now, the Wisconsin Center for Healthy Minds has teamed up with the Madison Police Department for an eight-week pilot study to see how mindfulness practices might help officers cope better. The program will focus on breath and body scan exercises, gentle yoga, and meditation.
Mindful, Married, and Happy
University of North Carolina researchers explored whether particular aspects of mindfulness relate to marital bliss. Their survey of 164 long-married couples found that the happiest spouses tended to be married to individuals who reported less reactivity to inner experience. Perhaps calmly observing your reactions during a conflict without yelling or withdrawing fosters more constructive discussions with your partner.
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