Minds Flourish with Marian’s Mindfulness Program

Kayla Gornall

You woke up half an hour late. You need to get to school on time because you have a test first block. Scurrying out of bed as fast as humanly possible, you grab the first socks you see. Hopefully they are faded enough to pass as gray when they are actually pink with stripes. Pulling on your socks, you fumble around knocking into your dresser and hitting your eye. Your vision temporarily blurs.

In the kitchen, you shove a piece of bread into the toaster and another in your mouth (one can only chew so fast). You scoop up your scattered papers and stuff them into your backpack. Diving into the car, you look at the clock. Yep, still late. “There’s a chance I can still make it,” you tell yourself as you aggressively drive away. You hope you have everything and start going through your school checklist.

It seems you have everything, everything except your breath.

Mindfulness is learning how to slow down and remember to live in the present while the world around us is living in the future. This state of being can be acquired through practices, such as meditation and breathing techniques, and can be adopted into your everyday life. Many times, meditation is the first step to a mindful existence.

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Mindfulness at Marian is new this year. Assistant Principal Mrs. Jennifer Christen and Principle Mrs. Susie Sullivan worked together to start integrating the program Mindful Moments into the school day. “We’ve got a lot of stressed out girls in this building, so we needed to do something about it,” Sullivan said.

The benefits of Mindful Moments go beyond a break in the school day. “It helps me focus and relax before my day starts,” Junior Ellie Henderson said. The practice has also been shown to boost your working memory, reduce stress, improve focus and increase self-awareness.

As students of Marian, we are lucky to have a mindfulness program. Reaching a state of mindfulness takes time though. It’s important to be patient in waiting for results in this transition; it’s like waiting for flowers to bloom. Let’s appreciate the journey.

You woke up half an hour late. You need to get to school on time because you have a test first block. Scurrying out of bed as fast as humanly possible, you grab the first socks you see. Hopefully they are faded enough to pass as gray when they are actually pink with stripes. Pulling on your socks, you fumble around knocking into your dresser and hitting your eye. Your vision temporarily blurs.

In the kitchen, you shove a piece of bread into the toaster and another in your mouth (one can only chew so fast). You scoop up your scattered papers and stuff them into your backpack. Diving into the car, you look at the clock. Yep, still late. “There’s a chance I can still make it,” you tell yourself as you aggressively drive away. You hope you have everything and start going through your school checklist.

It seems you have everything, everything except your breath.

Mindfulness is learning how to slow down and remember to live in the present while the world around us is living in the future. This state of being can be acquired through practices, such as meditation and breathing techniques, and can be adopted into your everyday life. Many times, meditation is the first step to a mindful existence.

Mindfulness at Marian is new this year. Assistant Principal Mrs. Jennifer Christen and Principle Mrs. Susie Sullivan worked together to start integrating the program Mindful Moments into the school day. “We’ve got a lot of stressed out girls in this building, so we needed to do something about it,” Sullivan said.

The benefits of Mindful Moments go beyond a break in the school day. “It helps me focus and relax before my day starts,” Junior Ellie Henderson said. The practice has also been shown to boost your working memory, reduce stress, improve focus and increase self-awareness.

As students of Marian, we are lucky to have a mindfulness program. Reaching a state of mindfulness takes time though. It’s important to be patient in waiting for results in this transition; it’s like waiting for flowers to bloom. Let’s appreciate the journey.

 

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