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Mindfulness has been increasingly recognized in psychology as an effective tool to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence and effectively handle unpleasant thoughts and feelings.
Mindfulness involves consciously bringing awareness to your present experience with openness, interest and receptiveness. Being mindful means paying attention in a particular way - on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.
For children, mindfulness creates skills that replace impulsive reactions with thoughtful responses leading to many benefits:
· Better focus and concentration
· Decreased stress & anxiety
· Improved impulse control
· Increased self-awareness
· Skillful responses to difficult emotions
· Increased empathy and understanding of others
· Development of natural conflict resolution skills
In school settings, these skills have been shown to lead to higher academic achievement, healthier school communities and happier and more effective children.
More information on mindfulness in schools: www.mindfulschools.org
Susie Cook holds Masters in Counseling Psychology and she is currently in the process of reactivating her Marriage & Family Therapist’s license in California. She is certified & trained by Mindful Schools to teach mindfulness to children and her work is inspired by her past six years of personal mindfulness practice. Susie lives in Sonoma, California with her husband of 17 years and her two children. She joyfully spends most of her time mothering and has a passion for uncovering basic goodness in herself and others. www.mindfulsprouts.com