“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”.
Dr. Maria Montessori, an eminent educationist said, “The greatest signs of success for a teacher is to be able to say- The children are now working as if I did not exist”. The complexity of the teaching job requires the teachers to continually shift their attention throughout the day. In addition, teachers frequently deal with students who have difficult behaviours, parents with challenging attitudes, changes to curriculum and increasing demands from bureaucracies. Mindfulness practice is the easiest and most reliable way to calm the nervous system, reverse stress patterns, increase positivity and develop resilience.
The practice of mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening at the present moment. One can only understand the immeasurable, when the mind is silent and still. The connection between mindfulness and education is both natural and fundamentally important, now more than ever. Perhaps one of the most fascinating elements of mindfulness in the education context is the interpersonal dynamic that is almost always at play among teachers, teachers and students, and teachers and administrators.
School of Education, G D Goenka University organized practical sessions on “Understanding Self through Mindfulness” from March 27-28, 2018. The main objectives of these sessions were to help student-teachers learn and apply mindfulness in their own lives to improve their physical and mental health through better stress management/self -care; develop a calmer, more focused presence in the classroom; re-kindle enthusiasm and motivation for teaching; and manage complex demands with increased calmness, skill and compassion.