According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, meditation is now part of the curriculum in some middle and high schools. It seems that teaching students to meditate has been done in a few places for about 25 years, but has expanded in the last few years to about 18 schools in the U. S. Instituting meditation periods in school has improved grades and reduced violence. With parental permission, students in the schools with a “Quiet Time” program can meditate; the other students simply sit quietly for the few minutes allotted to the practice. The type of meditation taught is Transcendental Meditation, which is not very difficult to do, so is approachable for the kids.
Although this is a small effort so far, even after nearly 25 years, it is a worthy effort that is happening and working. These children will grow up with, I certainly hope, a capacity for and understanding of meditation and will reap the benefits of this type of activity, even if it is secular for them. The awareness they will have achieved will bring them closer to seeing the world with a broader vision and greater empathy, and eventually change the world for the better. It is wonderful to see that such work is being done. This article made me rejoice, and I had to share it with you.
The link to the article is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/12/schools-meditation-quiet-time_n_7544582.html
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