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Cherish Healing goes live on BBC radio | Taking About Meditation in schools

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Cherish Healing goes live on BBC radio | Taking About Meditation in schools

I was massively delighted to read that Robert W. Coleman Elementary School have been offering Meditation instead of Detention with some remarkable results.  I was equally excited to be invited to talk about this on BBC radio.

Now to some people meditation as a alternative to detention seems like a cop out. Do something bad and get let off by chilling out in amongst some soft furnishing.

Well actually if you're thinking about a long term solution, is punishment by sitting in a class staring at a wall or doing line the best answer?

Wouldn't it be better to help get to the core reason why the student is acting out and give them some tools to help with their state of mind? I think so, and the results are speaking for themselves.  Suspensions have dropped to zero since this initiative has been taken up.

By teaching mindfulness and meditation we can empower children to find their own space and calm.  They can cultivate a deeper connection to themselves  and in turn others.

Now with supervision and support this can be a really transformation idea and I pray it will be taken up by schools in the UK!

If you would like me to teach meditation at your school please get in touch and email me today on info@cherishhealing.com

Thanks Ajmal Hussain for having me on the show and Ruchi Tandoon for setting up the interview 

Thanks Ajmal Hussain for having me on the show and Ruchi Tandoon for setting up the interview 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Man Beats Depression Medication With Meditation

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Man Beats Depression Medication With Meditation

Story about a man who fought depression with meditation rather than medication. Meditation itself is very powerful, and this is a great example. 

"he now lives his life medication free thanks to the mental peace he achieves through meditation. He says years ago he was able to stop taking his depression meds when he discovered the ancient mindfulness practice..."

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Why all children need to meditate.

Planting seeds early

To help young people cope.

850,000 CHILDREN AGED 5-16 HAVE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

    Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

    Roughly 725,000 people in the UK suffer from Eating Disorders, 86% of these will have shown symptoms before the age of 19.[ii]

    One in 10 deliberately harm themselves regularly[iii] (and 15,000 of them are hospitalised each year because of this[iv])

    Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression[v]

    Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.[vi]

    45% of children in care have a mental health disorder - these are some of the most vulnerable people in our society[vii]

    Nearly 300,000 young people in Britain have an anxiety disorder.[viii]

    95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder. Many of them are struggling with more than one disorder.[ix]

These statistics are upsetting and very real.  Organisations such as Young Minds provide help and support for young people.

We need to do more.

Investing in services and support for young people at an early stage not only reduces misery and loneliness, but saves millions in future costs to the NHS, education, criminal justice and social care costs. There are many ways to support young people struggling out there, meditation and mindful practices are part of the solution.

I was encouraged by this news item about a school in Baltimore who send children to a mindful moment room for meditation instead of detention.   

Holistic Me is an initiative that teaches children to practice mindful meditation and breathing exercises while encouraging them to talk to behavioural professionals. The programme works in partnership with a local non-profit called the Holistic Life Foundation'

The results have been great with suspensions totally dropping post these interventions.

At Robert W. Coleman, students are already attesting to these benefits at school and at home. “This morning I got mad at my Dad, but then I remembered to breathe and then I didn’t shout,” one fifth grader said.

Another noted: “I took deep breaths to stay calm and just finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises just trying to tune them out… and be yourself, do your breathing.” 

For children to have training in meditation then have the support to maintain practice though college, university (if they followed that pathway) then in the workplace. Is that too big a dream?

I don't know why all schools don't have meditation as part of their daily school life?   

In October, the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group said the practice should be made more widely available and recommended the Department for Education designate three schools to "pioneer mindfulness teaching and disseminate best practice".

What is Mindfulness?

My definition of mindfulness is the practice of outer focused awareness, and meditation as the practice of inner focused awareness.

    The Oxford English Dictionary defines mindfulness as "quality or state of being conscious or aware of something"

    Rooted in Buddhist philosophies, where it is described as "the meditative state of being both fully aware of the moment and of being self-conscious of and attentive to this awareness; a state of intense concentration on one's own thought processes; self-awareness"

    Mindfulness has become popular in the West in recent years as a way of combating stress, anxiety and depression - the NHS lists it as one of the five steps to mental wellbeing

My own experince in school is teaching young children from Key Stage 4 - Years 10 to 11 - for pupils aged between 15 and 16 years old, and Key Stage 5 - Years 12 to 13 - for pupils aged between 17 and 18 years old.

At first I think the students were interested and perhaps a little skeptical, but then as they say the proof is in the pudding and when they saw their sense of inner peace grow and anxiety drop attendance to these option sessions grew.  

We work with our relationship with our thoughts and see them as cloud in the sky acknowledging their presence if we get distracted from our practice and coming back to our breathe.  The benefits of not being defined and being able to step away from busy thoughts is deeply empowering.  Coming to a calm centre place through activating our parasympathetic nervous system to help our body feel safe and able to restore and relax is worth it's weight in gold.

Why isn't this in more schools?

Money and time.

For schools to gain adequate training and the space within an already packed curriculum is hard.  What encouraging is that the government see the value now The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP can  enable schools to implement this idea far and wide. 

If you want mindfulness in your school, contact your head, the school governors to encourage them to trial this.  We can help you too for more information get in touch 

I really believe, and research shows us  that mindfulness and meditation in schools do result in positive changes.  Massive thanks to all the teachers, parents and students taking part in practice, lets hope this is the start of more schools enjoying the benefits of this amazing resource.

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Mindful Listening and Body Language

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Mindful Listening and Body Language

Listening mindfully to other people can really help to communicate your care for them and make their day that little bit better.

"I have often been curious about how they listened that made it so restorative to receive. How could I too give that gift of mindful listening to my children, my husband, and my friends — indeed, everyone I meet — so that they too bloom like flowers, as I did in their presence?

This is how they listened, and indeed how we all can listen to...."

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Mindfulness at Work

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Mindfulness at Work

The definition of mindfulness is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”. However there’s a lot more to it and there are many ways we can control our thought process – how we think. Bearing in mind the experiences I’ve acquired since working 9-5, I think the first to becoming a mindful individual is accepting that life is not perfect. Nor will it ever be, but it is in our capability to control it to a certain level. We can sometimes even avoid unpleasant situations (such as arguments with colleagues) just by being mindful of others and understanding that external events we are exposed to cannot be controlled by us. Another way of being mindful to one self is by acknowledging we are only human and it can help to just go easy on ourselves when times are hard.


We should not expect others to understand us straight away, just as we should not expect ourselves to understand things straight away. Thinking solely rationally and logically is not always the case when emotions are involved. Taking time to be mindful and not reacting straight away to certain actions can really be a good habit to get into (e.g. thinking how the other person may feel once you express your opinion on a sensitive matter). There is nothing wrong with actively taking time to think and aiming for inner peace. Acknowledge and enjoy that cereal in the morning. Acknowledge and enjoy being able to sleep in a comfortable bed at night before thinking about anything else. Finally, try to remember everyone deserves happiness. 

By Lucie Fialova

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Yoga May Be The Medicine Aboriginal Communities Have Been Looking For

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Yoga May Be The Medicine Aboriginal Communities Have Been Looking For

A lovely article that shows that yoga is for everybody and has lasting benefits for those who practice it..

"One night, “a spark went off” in his head. “I didn’t have the courage to kill myself, but I didn’t have the strength to live,” Terrance told The Huffington Post Canada in an interview. “I thought ‘OK, I need to do something about this.’" Terrance was...."

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Yoga Everywhere: Finding Your Zen At A Lifestyle Festival

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Yoga Everywhere: Finding Your Zen At A Lifestyle Festival

Yoga can be done anywhere when you have the motivation! Here's a lovely article on yoga and festivals.

"In a massive tent on the grounds of Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley ski resort, a woman in a white turban sat cross-legged on a small stage, looking out calmly at her hundred or so students before mouthing one sacred word: “shake.” 
“We shake to get healthy,” her voice boomed throughout the tent. “We shake to get happy. We shake to get holy.” ... "

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Yoga saved my life: three people share their stories

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Yoga saved my life: three people share their stories

Three lovely stories that tell us how yoga has helped people in life..

"At a time of difficulty last year I found comfort in yoga. I went through a period of torturous insomnia that left me wide awake every night until 3am, begging for my brain to switch off. I’d heard that yoga could help so started going to a local class. Immediately, I felt better. I loved how slow and methodical it was, and the fact that teachers discussed mindful and positive thinking. These were all things I’d heard little about before. Gradually, as I de-stressed and learned to relax, my sleep improved. I even used to go through the poses in my head before bed, which always helped me drift off..." 

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Developing a habit of mindfulness can boost kids

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Developing a habit of mindfulness can boost kids

Mindfulness can not only benefit adults but also children, especially if they adopt this holistic technique from a young age.. 

"Encouraging children to develop a habit of mindfulness can have big payoffs for school, home and social environments. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the here and now. It is an active awareness of thoughts, emotions and sensory perceptions (what you are currently hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and feeling)..."

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