The involvement of spirit is associated with lower levels of depression, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and delinquent behaviors, as well as later onset of sexual activity (Wilson, New England Network).
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 Talk About Wellness (TAW) web site will close as of
December 30, 2016. TAW was originally planned as an initiative and not as an ongoing
organization. Its goal was to help create a "ripple effect" by
curating ideas and programs that nurture the inner lives of children.
Bringing mindfulness practices to public schools became a primary vehicle for
accomplishing that goal. Today we see mindfulness in education programs
spreading across the nation. We are deeply grateful to all of our donors
and partners for their work and dedication to this mission.