A note from the Johnson Elementary PTO:
Thanks to a grant from the Johnson PTO, The Mind Body Project will be leading a Mindfulness program at Johnson! The program runs 6 weeks and includes classes grade 1-4 for 15-25 minutes per week. Facilitators introduce mindfulness and mindful practices into the classrooms, in a smile-infused, caring, enthusiastic manner.
The program empowers students to: reduce stress and improve the ability to respond to stress, increase self-confidence, improve attention, increase optimism, and improve socially competent behaviors. Now in their second week of practicing mindfulness, Johnson students have explored intentionally experiencing the present moment without judgment, paying attention not only to what’s happening in their environment, but also their personal internal dialogue and emotions, and the interconnection of mind and body.
Gathered in the course of one Mindfulness afternoon, the following quotes respond to facilitators’ questions about what emotions students feel and where in the body, students’ experience of a minute of mindful listening and the effects of a short body scan:
“Through my whole body I sometimes feel anger.” (2nd grade)
“If you know where you feel your emotions, you can calm them down through relaxing.” (4th grade)
“All my stress focuses on that area.” (3nd grade)
“The body scan helped because if you are too excited you can get that thought out of your mind and relax.” (4th grade)
“It was crazy…I could feel stuff going on in my mind…” (3rd grade)
“I felt a different kind of crazy…it was quieter and I got to hear things moving.” (3rd grade)
“Everything gets fuzzy and stretched out and like…I can hear the birds.” (3rd grade)
“We have a way to just relax.” (3rd grade)
“It made me feel calm. Like at home…and strong inside.” (3rd grade)