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Thanks for what you do. Whether an educator in a school, or in health or wellness, even in your own home (some of you as parents, too!), we thank you for doing your best to support these next generations to be their best.
It is tough out there. The pressures and influences of our world and Western culture are daunting. We appreciate the work of the 20th Century mythologist Joseph Campbell often; he was a champion of empowering the individual to rise up to the challenges of his or her own situation in life. He taught that each of us has a unique and honorable place in the world, and that challenge is necessary for us to grow and discover our purpose. Our goal is to provide our precious beings with some tools to ensure they have the best chance to succeed in living a full rewarding life, in whatever way it unfolds in our chaotic world.
RESEARCH SHOWS THE POWERFUL EFFECTS OF FOCUSED BREATHING AND AWARENESS:
- Calms the stress response
- Strengthens attention
- Promotes brain integration
- Fosters better sleep
- Strengthens self-awareness
- Reduces anxiety before tests & writing
How do we changes our reactions and patterns?
This Take a Breath program is in essence a pre-mindfulness practice, also known as self-awareness as a form of consciousness in human beings. Unfortunately, many individuals are so reactive and conditioned by the collective external environment, they miss an opportunity. An opportunity to create a new reaction or response- a new brain map for the future!
Most individuals; kids, teens, and adults, are not aware they have a choice, they feel pre-programmed (and to a degree they are, due to past events held in the body/mind). The Take a Breath program is designed to address the issues in simple, doable terms and practices. We give them a opportunity to pause and experience a relaxation response in the body. From this pause and shift of out of the reactive body/mind (often in a stress/stimulated state) what emerges is a choice.
With consistent repetition, they eventually begin to use the pause and shift to express goals and intentions- as enhanced performance in; school, sports, lifestyle, and relationships in groups and families! We create those goals and intentions through visualization. What emerges is a choice, to choose our response to any given circumstance beyond the normal patterned responses of the external influences, or the internal programming. This program becomes a simple toolkit to begin to experience the potential in the present moment. And with our methodology and a positive use of technology, the student can use this toolkit whenever and however it serves them.
How it works in the classroom or in groups
We encourage all grades and groups to introduce and utilize this practice not simply as a classroom management tool (mindfulness as a reaction). Instead Take a Breath is creating a complete experience which is a pro-active mindfulness approach (often mindfulness is used as a classroom management tool, even behavior management tool).
We suggest creating a time where you can; do a quick assessment, play a recording, and then have a dyad/connection time. We offer some support tools to facilitate this therapeutic process of; assess, adapt, and relate. It becomes a lifestyle/ life skill they carry beyond the classroom.
The time commitment is based on typical age +, so for 8 year old, we can plan for about 8-10 minutes total. A 14 year old, about 15 minutes, and so on, all the way to adults. These general suggested recording times are based on research in attention spans. Some days, we realize you may not be able to commit to the amount of time suggested, however, we encourage you to plan for at least 1 day each week to complete an entire recording.
For young students/groups the timing of the experience should be consistent. After lunch, before a focused subject, at the end of the day, at the beginning of the day. The teacher should be communicating with the students to say 'we are practicing this, at this time, to support us all in....." Basically an intention and agreement.
We offer an ongoing support page For Teachers/Educators on the website with numerous support tools, and regular content updates. Including feedback and inspiration from educators- we want to hear what is working for them!