Our Wellness Program inspires Growth Mindset using mindfulness and meditation to help youth relate to themselves, their environment and others.
What is a Growth Mindset
Mindset is a powerful thing! It is a simple idea, but can have a profound effect on our children. Mindset, or a set of beliefs we have about our abilities and potential, influences our lives every day. It is our perspective on life, helping us relate to our experiences and predict future possibilities. Our mindset guides our behaviors, the way we see ourselves in the world and our decision making.
According to Stanford University Neurologist Dr. Carol Dweck, Growth Mindset occurs when we believe our intelligence and abilities can improve with effort and the right strategies. Growth Mindset characteristics include a willingness to confront challenges, viewing mistakes as potential for growth, a love of learning and perseverance. Growth Mindset is strongly linked to greater happiness and achievement in life.
Alternatively, Fixed Mindset thinking believes intelligence, attributes and abilities are innate traits. Children in a Fixed Mindset often use “I am” statements, speak in absolutes like never and always, avoid risks and fear new experiences. They think in rigid categories – right/wrong, good/bad, success/failure. Fixed Mindset thinking limits potential for growth in some or room for error in others.
What is Mindfulness
“The basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us” Mindful.Org
Our Mindfulness program guides children to connect with the present moment, bringing awareness to their senses, body movement, state of mind and environment. We relate a context, or set of circumstances, to thoughts, feelings and experiences, to foster a Growth Mindset, remove judgments and inspire acceptance.
What is Meditation
“The mind can only be silent when it understands the nature of its own movement, as thought and feeling” -Krishnamurti
Meditation creates mind space and silence. It is a practice to acknowledge and then release our thoughts and feelings. Meditation strengthens a peaceful, content mind as we quiet and redirect habitual, compulsive thoughts.
Children will learn wakeful rest, the ability to casually listen to their mind, body and environment without placing value or judgment so to remain centered, calm and with peaceful purpose. They develop focus, the ability to regulate emotions and pay attention inside and out, creating space and silence.
peaceful mind. strong body. empowered spirit.