Our mindfulness programs empower teens through an array of complementary practices — meditation, movement, communication, and compassion.
Meditation helps teens become open and attentive to the present moment. This key mindfulness practice enables them to observe their thoughts from a distance, without judgment. It helps them attend to their feelings with care and compassion. It allows them to see more clearly whatever is happening in their lives. While the practice of mindfulness can't eliminate all of life's pressures, it does enable young people respond to those pressures in way that supports their emotional, mental and physical health. Being present to the here and now makes it possible for teens to live life more fully and joyfully.
Every Peace in Schools class involves mindful movement. Our instructors guide students safely through a range of activities and postures that foster mental clarity and calmness, increase body awareness, relieve stress and center attention. On a physical level, mindful movement increases flexibility and muscle strength, improves respiration, balances metabolism and increases cardiovascular and circulatory health.
Feelings of isolation and alienation among teens are commonplace. Likewise, incidents of bullying, self-harm and violence are on the rise in many schools. Fostering healthy relationships and supportive social environments is therefore an essential aspect of our work. Peace in Schools instructors lead teens in exercises that build empathy, trust and connection to others. Students learn to listen with care, and they experience what it's like to be heard, understood and respected by peers. Our emphasis on mindful communication supports students in developing positive relationships in school and in life.
The practice of mindfulness enables young people to see themselves with new eyes. With guidance and practice, teens can learn to become more conscious of their thoughts and feelings. They can recognize self-critical thinking and move beyond it. By practicing compassion for themselves, teens can develop compassion for others — building stronger, more connected relationships with peers and families. Our program builds these skills in a safe, supportive and fun environment.