What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an evidence-based approach to developing focused attention and improved emotion regulation. 
Mindfulness means paying attention to one’s thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, surrounding environment, specifically, in the present moment. Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to what is happening around us and within us, in the moment, right now.  By practicing taking notice of the present moment, our thoughts, our feelings and our environment, we learn to become more aware and in control of our responses to a variety of situations.  By learning to filter out non-essential/non-conducive thoughts, Mindfulness can help the mind function more efficiently.  Research (see below) has, also, shown that regular practice of Mindfulness can lessen stress and anxiety.  In addition, Mindfulness includes intentional nurturing and practice of positive states of mind such as: being empathetic and kind. The Gilbert High School’s Mindfulness Education utilizes the:

MindfulSchools.org curriculum, as well as the Calm.com website for guided mindfulness meditation practice.  While a wide variety of Mindfulness practices exist, (some legit, some not-so-legit) the Mindfulness model, being utilized at Gilbert High school, is an evidence-based research exercise of the brain, not a physical or spiritual exercise.  Both MindfulSchools.org and Calm.com are secular (non-religious) programs.

Research on Mindfulness:              

The American Psychological Association (2012) reviewed a multitude of studies reporting the following benefits of Mindfulness: Reduced rumination, Stress reduction, Boosts to working memory, Focus, Relationship satisfaction and enhancement of: self-insight, morality, intuition and fear modulation, numerous health benefits, increased immune functioning, improvement to well-being, reduction in psychological distress, increased information processing speed and decreased task effort.  To see the full APA article, click the following link:

The American Psychological Association on "What are the benefits of Mindfulness?"

In addition to MindfulSchools.org conducting their own regular annual research, they also have an extensive review of over 37 studies on the effects of Mindfulness, on students and teachers, available by clicking here.

GHS Mindfulness Education & Small Group:

What does spending time in the GHS Mindfulness Group look like?  During a student’s BGA, students will participate in a small group session. During these sessions, Counselor Mrs. Cecilia Bryant, introduces a 5-minute MindfulSchools.org curriculum lesson, students watch a 5-minute Public Service Announcement type educational video on Mindfulness (see samples below) and, lastly, students participate in a 10-minute guided mindfulness practice from the Mindful Schools Curriculum, “7-days of Calm”, and “Daily Calm” from the Calm.com website.  

Educational Videos:

The following links are a few samples of the mindfulness educational videos being shown with the Mindfulness curriculum:

What is Mindfulness?

George Mumford, The Sports World's Mindfulness Whisperer

Lenox Hill Hospital Brings Mindfulness to OR

What Pizza Wears Gloves?

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions regarding the Mindfulness Education, please feel free to contact School Counselor, Mrs. Cecilia Bryant @ (480) 497-0177 ext. 108  who has been trained in mindfulness through MindfulSchools.org.  For additional information, view the MindfulSchools.org “Parent Mindfulness Manual” by clicking here: MindfulSchools.org Parent Manual

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