The practice is not a panacea. Clearly lots of kids need more than a few quiet moments in their day to calm them down. But for many who took part in the training at Marina Middle School it was a revelation. It showed the teens for the first time that they need not be puppets dangling on the strings of their own over-active minds. On the contrary, they can make choices about where to direct their thoughts and how to respond to their own emotions.
This is something that adults too need to learn! An estimated 10 million Americans have some form of meditation practice, according to Psychology Today. Mindfulness programs are increasingly being introduced into hospitals, drug treatment programs and even corporate boardrooms across the nation.
"Mindfulness does not make problems go away," says Megan Cowan. "But the way that you are meeting your experiences changes to allow more lightness and happiness."
And kids who are calm and happy are disproportionately the ones who learn. Let's hope that mindfulness training spreads to more of our nation's embattled schools, where teachers and students alike nowadays can use all the help they can get!