Middle and Upper School
Our middle and upper school programs cover a wide range of topics, including:
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness of Listening , Breath and Body, Eating, Touch and Smell
Paying Attention to Emotions
How to Deal with Destructive Emotions
The Amygdala Hijack - What do we mean by that? In a stress situation, human beings tend to respond from the amygdala, the fight or flight part of our brain, which usually escalates the situation rather than deescalating the situation. We teach the students to pause before they react inappropriately and allow time for a skillful response.
Under stressful situations, students are taught to:
Recognize their feelings
Allow themselves to feel these feelings. Fight or flight reaction doesn’t help with emotional or mental challenges
Investigate where the feeling resides in the body, the color, shape and texture of those feelings, and whether those feelings are changing from, perhaps,anger to sadness, and notice the trigger that might have brought them on
Non-Identification or Nurturing - Students are taught that feelings are like the weather - they come and they go, therefore, students do not need to identify with their feelings. Moreover, having learned that they are not their feelings, the students are encouraged to self-nurture; to forgive themselves for their negative feelings and to reassure themselves that this a part of being human
Empathy and Compassion
Science of Sound and Sound Baths
Sound Bath is an immersion in soothing sounds created by Singing Bowls, Gongs, Drums, Koshi chimes, Voice creating vibrations that are healing for your body, mind and spirit. Every organ and every cell in our body vibrates at a particular frequency so that the sound and vibration during a sound bath affects us at a cellular level.
Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Mindfulness and Meditation and the concept of neuroplasticity
The findings in the field of neuroscience have doubled since the nineties. When the profound ancient wisdom traditions encountered the cultural power of science in the West, a very useful way to explain the process was born.
Dr. Richard Davidson, Daniel Goleman Dr. Mark Epstein, Dr. Rick Hanson among many others have shown that meditation practice actually creates new neural pathways that decrease stress and anxiety, increase focus and attention and encourage peace of mind.