Our Mindfulness Programme Offers Students a Holistic Education
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you, and with what you are doing. We bring our bodies and minds into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.
We practise cultivating peace and joy within and around us, as a gift for all whom we love and care for. We cultivate solidity in our deepest aspiration and enjoy freedom from our fears, misunderstandings and our sufferings.
Here at Global Sevilla School, we do very much the same things as when we are at home—walking, sitting, studying, playing, listening, eating etc.—except that now we learn to do them mindfully, with an awareness and the consciousness of what we are doing.
When we are able to practise mindfulness together as a school community, we become more joyful, relaxed and steady. We are bells of mindfulness for one another, supporting and reminding one another along the paths of practice.
How is Mindfulness Beneficial to Our Children?
Mindfulness shows that regular practice can alter the structure of the brain to help adults and children to learn more effectively. Furthermore, mindfulness promotes an attitude of kindness and open curiosity,
while teaching children and adults alike to feel compassion and empathy for others. It also provides an opportunity for children to just ‘be’; a moment out of their busy lives to enable them to think and reflect.
Strengthens resilience and decision-making abilities, builds character leading to academic success, develops positive social skills—such as giving, compassion, and self-control, instil joy and optimism in classroom learning, and creates peer-to-peer harmony.
Recent data and research confirm the positive effects of incorporating mindfulness into education, with mindfulness skills shown to improve memory, organizational skills, reading and math scores,
while also providing children with the tools they need to handle stress and to remain tranquil and resilient through testing periods.
Our Mindfulness Programme
We integrate our mindfulness programme into our curriculum from kindergarten until high school. Our days start with a silent moment, to help the students relax, be completely aware and fully awake to the present moment.
Students also participate in mindful eating during their break time, which helps to develop their sense of gratefulness. Once a week, students will also have a mindful sitting session where they can practice focusing on their breathing.
This programme encourages our children to slow down and be truly alive, present, and at one with those around them, and with what they are doing. The simple act of breathing can help with focus, to enable them to complete the task at hand.