Robert W. Coleman Elementary in West Baltimore is just one example of what needs to be implemented more regarding a holistic approach to disciplining students instead of punishing them or sending them to the principal’s office. The school’s administrators are sending children to “the mindful moment room” where they are able to meditate and wind down. With the new policy in place and in the time that the meditation room has been set up, there have actually been no suspensions throughout the entire year. The program is an initiative organized by the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in under-served communities.
Andres Gonzalez, one of the organizers of the project, says that children are even bringing home what they are learning to their families. “That’s how you stop the trickle-down effect when Mom or Pops has a hard day and yells at the kids, and then the kids go to school and yell at their friends. We’ve had parents tell us, ‘I came home the other day stressed out, and my daughter said, Hey, Mom, you need to sit down. I need to teach you how to breathe.'” Gonzalez said.
Most people would say that meditation can be a religious or spiritual experience, while others find it to be a helpful relaxation and anger management tool. In this one Baltimore school, the powers of living in the present are coming to fruition since they also incorporate yoga classes for the children. If more schools adopted this education system instead of what is already old school ideas – pun intended, no doubt the world would see a much faster transformation for the better.
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