This month saw a Westminster Hall debate over whether mindfulness meditation should be taught in schools. In the debate, education minister Edward Timpson warned: “Children cannot unplug from their online world, and that is changing the shape of many of their relationships and the pressures that they come under at a much more tender age”.”
The move is part of a concerted effort by MPs to review the potential for the meditation practice to improve the mental health of society, in particular within schools and workplaces.
A parliamentary report released last year called ‘Mindful Nation UK’ discussed issues surrounding mental, as well as physical, health. The preface to the report states: “On a number of issues ranging from improving mental health and boosting productivity and creativity in the economy through to helping people with long-term conditions such as diabetes and obesity, mindfulness appears to have an impact”.
So what is mindfulness?
According to renowned mindfulness scholar and practitioner Joe Kabat-Zinn, the seven attitudinal factors involved in mindfulness meditation are:
It is telling that in this age of relentless networking and interfacing, one of the most effective remedies seems to be to find a quiet place, relax, and breathe. In the words of Kabat-Zinn: “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”
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If we live our lives with this in mind, do you think that we could help to effect global change? Would we be more mindful of our actions maybe and thus with this mindfulness, take the bigger picture into account when we are living our daily lives?
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