"Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It's about befriending who we are already." ~ Pema Chodran
Mindfulness meditation is an important practice for people of all ages.
As the west has become enlightened to the deep and profound benefits of this ancient practice, we are amazed and delighted to discover how young people are deriving benefits as well as adults.
A curriculum that appeals to teens in particular has been developed by an organization in the UK called mindfulness in schools. The language and practices are cleverly crafted to appeal to teens. It is called “.b”, which in text savvy language means stop and be. It can remind us to stop what we're doing for just one moment and breathe.
Certified by .b in 2014, Louise has been training ninth graders in mindfulness at the Awty International School in Houston. In her experience, students have embraced the concepts in the course and report great benefits. Some of the benefits they report are: