Is Mindfulness The New Mathematics?

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Hundreds of schools in the UK introduce mindfulness as a new subject.

370 schools in Great Britain will be teaching Mindfulness to their students, as a part of a study that aims to combat mental health issues among youth today. This study brings the UK on board one of the largest trials in the world that explores what works to improve mental health and well-being in our society.

The government issued a statement via their website gov.uk stating that ‘hundreds of children and young people will learn how to use a range of innovative techniques to promote good mental health through one of the largest studies in the world of its kind.’ The statement also mentions that ‘children will benefit from mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to help them regulate their emotions, alongside pupil sessions with mental health experts. The study will run until 2021 and aims to give schools new, robust evidence about what works best for their students’ mental health and wellbeing.’

Education Secretary, Damian Hinds said that ‘as a society, we are much more open about our mental health than ever before, but the modern world has brought new pressures for children, while potentially making others worse.’ Mental health issues among children and young adults today are unfortunately on the rise, with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) claiming that 7.1% of children in the US aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety and 1.9 million children in the US have diagnosed depression.

Mindfulness is a brilliant tool for managing mental health issues by encouraging awareness of our emotions so that we are able to manage them in a more insightful, rational way, as well as encouraging us to return to the present moment which is often difficult to do when we are plagued with anxiety. Mindfulness has been proven to promote increased activity in the pre-frontal cortex (the area of the brain associated with positive emotion) and there is evidence showing that mindfulness reduces anxiety and depression as well as boosts overall wellbeing.

According to a 2015 article on The Huffington Post, mindfulness is revolutionizing mental health care and we are only just beginning to understand its benefits. It works on a neurological level by facilitating neuroplasticity – the creation of new connections and neural pathways in the brain, which has a long-term impact on our brains. This reaffirms the importance of teaching such an important subject to children and young adults in an attempt to implement the practice at a young age. The curriculum in schools has been long overdue an update and this seems like a wonderful step forwards. If you are a parent, I’d love to hear from you about whether you teach mindfulness to your children and if so, how do you go about it? Are you a teacher who teaches the technique in a school and if so, how do your students respond?

www.mindfulschools.org has some fascinating information and tips for introducing mindfulness within your school and also credits mindfulness with ‘the development of heartfulness’, which is ‘the intentional nurturing of positive mind states such as kindness and compassion’. I think this is something all the world could benefit from and it’s fantastic to instill this within the next generation during such formative years of their lives. I strongly believe that the world can only benefit from everyone having a mindfulness practice and I hope other countries follow suit!

Free Contagious Smiles!

Free contagious smiles!

Prepare for some seriously contagious smiles in this video. Roberto Corona’s childlike, joyous smile is traveling the world and spreading its exuberance. On his extensive journeying, he meets all sorts of interesting people who look all sorts of different ways, but you can clearly see, and feel, that they all share a smile, and the attached positive emotions.

“I’m Collecting Smiles, Roberto tell us. My goal is to inspire the world to find in gratitude the key to happiness, understanding that doesn’t matter how different we might be a smile connect us and become the universal language. I want to share a uplifting story of people of every country in the world, so I’m traveling activating a movement of kindness and generosity, staying with locals and learning from them. So far I’ve been in 50 countries already, and I hope I’m able to complete my collection with the help of everyone that want to join me :)”

If you want to smile, watch the video below and share the links with anyone you want. After all we could all use a smile!

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You’ll Never Look At A City The Same Way

You know how we always see people around us when we’re out and about, often we just walk or drive right by without a second thought? After all, we don’t know them. But Brenton Z Weyi, an award-winning poet, essayist, and filmmaker, has some eye-opening ideas to share about cities. With his poetic perspective, I think you’ll feel a new appreciation and connectedness to every other being around you.

As Brenton tells us, “it’s a poem called ‘Multiplicity,’ and it’s dedicated to the roles that cities play in being havens for diverse inclusion and advocacy. I believe it’s a powerful message that needs to be heard by many people–especially now.”

So share this with anyone who lives in a city and help strengthen the incredible web of diversity that we all share!

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Acceptance – A Modern Silent Film

This is certainly not your typical short silent film. The energy and range of emotion conveyed is tangible. The scene is comical and excellently executed. This video will definitely give you a new way of thinking about the issue of embracing diversity, which runs deeply throughout our world.

We are all different, which is a gift to humanity. Let’s realize the contribution that can be made by all if we allow our differences to come together.

In the words of filmmaker, Amr Sharaki, “this video is meant to address accepting others, looking at things from a different perspective, and understanding the beauty of uniting beliefs. All this is portrayed in a beautiful show of visual arts and silent comedy.”

ACCEPTANCE – Silent Short Film

ACCEPTANCE – Silent Short Film is OUT!!! #ShareTheGoodnessFt. Cal Hankerman———————————————————Beliefs, Preferences and Opinions Differ. This is exactly what makes Life Beautiful! Accept and Embrace others' Differences.

Posted by Amr Sharaki on Thursday, July 13, 2017

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This Video Will Literally Make You Rethink Life

Prince Ea offers a stunningly simple yet mind-blowing perspective in this spoken word performance. The video shows a diverse group of individuals, all lip-syncing to the same voice. On many levels, we are all the same. Nonetheless, we have been assigned these labels, ones we have even unwittingly accepted. And they aren’t who we really are, any more than wearing a white vs. black shirt makes us who we are!

Labels–about our skin, gender, ideologies, whatever–only lead to artificial separation. And separation has the power to lead even to war.

What about who we are inside? Who would we be without these labels?

Watch this video to really be inspired to see your true self, and others’, as part of a connected, compassionate human race.

Share this beautiful message of love and unity.

What Happens When We Stop Putting People In Boxes?

When we look around at other people, we tend to be naturally drawn to people like us. Conversely, we may be repelled by certain types of people who seem very unlike us. But humans are complex, so how can we really know who someone is just by looking at their clothes, skin color, or size? If we do put people in boxes and assign them labels based on how they look, we will surely miss all that lies beneath. And we will never know if there is a loving, life-changing connection waiting to be made.  

The truth is that we all have things–interests, values, experiences, personality–in common, and often more than you would think. Why put limits on our self and others? We have so much to offer and learn from each other.

Watch what happens in this video when people begin to move past some of these barriers. Don’t forget to share this post to remind other to see the connection between us all!

What Happens When We Stop Putting People in Boxes

I absolutely love this! This video will change the way you see people. I genuinely hope everyone shares this today! Credit: TV 2 Thanks Denmark!

Posted by Jay Shetty on Tuesday, January 31, 2017