In Montevideo, Uruguay, teachers employ mindfulness to silence the noisy students.
In March 2016 teachers of a school in Montevideo came out with the idea of how to build a culture of peaceful coexistence, prevent bullying, violence, and improve overall student performance.
Students aged between 11 and 14 started to practice Falun Dafa’s (or Falun Gong) slow-moving exercises, the ancients mind-body cultivation practice, and sitting meditation daily under the guidance of a sixth-grade teacher Yennyfer Quartino.
As time went by, the entire school learned about the universal values of the core principles of Falun Dafa: Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
The students, who had serious concentration problems, were violent and had poor academic performance benefited physically and spiritually by breathing and relaxing. Now they are coming to the classroom focused and with a good attitude.
Overall school environment became tolerant, healthy and kind as children learned to control their own behavior.
More schools in South America, India, and around the world are integrating mindfulness and emotional support programs into elementary, middle, and high school curriculum.
Scientists provide evidence that mindfulness training can lower blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Mindfulness practices help memory and decrease mind-wandering.
Research reveals that students show more positive emotions, stronger self-identity, greater self-acceptance, and higher optimism.