Breathing, stretching, and calming the mind are simple activities that help to achieve relaxation and awareness.
The Spirit Dimension of Wellness
"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality" -Plutarch
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men [and women]." -Frederick Douglas
"For every one of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn't necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school." -Oprah Winfrey
The spirit dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It is the heart-centered part of ourselves where we go to find connection and strength in times of stress or crisis, and where we experience gratitude, kindness and compassion, both inwardly and outwardly.
The South Burlington School District in South Burlington, Vermont has completed the first comprehensive manual written by educators, to implement mindfulness-based strategies in districts, schools and classrooms. Follow this link for more detailed information about the manual and how to order a copy: http://www.mindfulnessink12education.com/
A kindergarten teacher told me that in her thirty-seven years of
teaching she had never had an open house like the one she had last year.
As the children proudly encouraged parents to look at their various
accomplishments, the parents were preoccupied by their hand held
devices. She said the children’s disappointment was clearly evident.
Since then, whenever there’s an event for parents, the teacher posts a
sign saying, “Please, no cell phones”.
The definition of spiritual that we are exploring in this book encompasses a realm of human life that is nonjudgmental and integrated. It is about belonging and connectedness, meaning and purpose. Spiritual experience cannot be taught. But it can be uncovered, evoked, found, and recovered. -Linda Lantieri
Hannah Teter on Wellness
Hannah Teter, Olympic gold medal winner, talks about the impact of wellness practices on her everyday life as well as her life as an athelete and competitor. Click here to watch the video.
Wellness, Resilience and Mindfulness in Public Schools
The South Burlington Vermont School District gives a glimpse of how it looks to teach self-calming, reflective, and awareness and skills. Click here to watch the video.