I recently read an article about students at Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco who were dramatically changed when the school incorporated meditation. This was sold to the students as “Quiet Time.”
The results were amazing. Suspensions, fighting and stress decreased significantly while test scores, attendance and happiness increased significantly.
This happened in a neighborhood where shootings were so common the school had it’s own full-time grief counselor. Almost everyone knew at least one person who had been wounded or killed.
If meditation can change the lives of these kids, imagine what it can do for you.
During this time of year so many of us make New Years Resolutions. Maybe you find you want to lose weight, quit smoking, manage debt, start a fitness program or reduce stress. If you do, you’re not alone. Those are some of the most common New Years resolutions.
The problem is most people fail when they make resolutions, but why?
Well the truth is we are creatures of habit, not creatures of change. Even when the habit is unhealthy or unpleasant making a change is hard. Still, don’t let that fact discourage you. Change is possible. You just have to be smart about it.
My suggestion is to put your mind and body in the most optimal condition before you start to work on your resolution. Learn to meditate like the Visitacion Valley Middle School students.
Twice a day (in the morning and in the late afternoon ideally) take about 10 to 20 minutes to sit quietly and clear your mind. Do that regularly for a month then start to work on your New Years Resolutions one at a time.
I can’t promise you will be successful. However, if it worked to turn around the lives of those struggling students it just might work for you.
If you are interested in learning meditation in a supportive group setting contact me about joining my Mindfulness Group for Women.