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Mindfulness for Schools

According to UrbanDictionary.com, the term “urban youth” refers to young black people living in the city. I don’t know if that’s correct or not, but it does have relevance to what I am about to talk about.

Earlier today, I saw an article on FaceBook, posted by the American Psychological Association (APA) regarding urban youth and the problems they face. What disturbed me was the comment by an obviously disengaged viewer. I have included a snapshot of the comment below.

The post stated:

Many urban ‪#‎youth‬ are repeatedly exposed to significant negative stressors including violence, poverty, and substance use. A new study suggests that a ‪#‎school‬-based ‪#‎mindfulness‬ program may lessen effects of these stressors. apapsy.ch/school-mindful‪#‎mentalhealth‬

The post linked to this article:

School-Based Mindfulness Program May Help Urban Children Deal With Negative Stress, which is linked to PsychNews.org.

Ignorant comment

As you can see, I did not black out my name with my response to this person. I am still shocked by such disregard for the problems that face people today. Those with no problems seem to have no heart or mind for hearing about the unpleasantness of growing up without money and resources.

What this male does not understand is the definition of pathetic. What is pathetic is the attitude of people sharing his belief that education should not include teaching people how to cope with desperate situations, how to have hope in the midst of trouble, and how to remain focused on preparing a better future for yourself.

There are many mindfulness curriculums already in effect in many inner city schools.

Goldie Hawn has had success with her curriculum on mindfulness, which is sold through Scholastic. You can read more about her program, MindUp, and the many great reviews at the Hawn Foundation.

You can also follow their progress on their FaceBook Page.

Mind Up provides this extremely affordable curriculum in three age groups, covering ages 3 to 14. You can find them at http://store.scholastic.com.

It is never too late to learn to be mindful, to learn to still the mind and focus on this moment, which is all we truly have for certain.

Become mindful of your power to create a better future.

Become mindful of your power to create a better future.

You can also purchase tools for using at home. If you know a student who would benefit from the art of mindfulness, perhaps consider becoming a mentor and teaching this unique yet simple approach to a small group.

Meanwhile, let us continue to expand the awareness of those people who are out of touch with the realities and suffering of young people all over the world.

Namaste.

 

 

Finding the perfect job

Have you ever stopped to think about how much time is spent thinking about finding the perfect job?

Even people who are employed full-time and are receiving good benefits still think about finding the perfect job – someday. job-hopping

I often tell people to become mindful of what their dreams were as a child or during their teen years. Sometimes those dreams appear to be on mountain-tops that cannot be reached. However, they can also be clues to finding your life’s calling a little closer to the ground.

You may discover that you have so many interests that you cannot decide on a particular field of employment. Remember those tests they had us take in high school, that told us which fields we were best suited for? I was best suited in so many areas that I almost wished I had not taken the test. It did not help me at all. I am sure many others experienced a similar sentiment.

I grew up in a culture where everyone was looking for a life-long career. I knew many people who worked for the same company throughout their working years.

I was not one of those people.

I loved the challenge of a new job. I have had numerous jobs over the years, and many people considered it to be a flaw in my personality.

Today, new research has vindicated me and the masses of people just like me who want to be challenged, want to meet the challenge, and then move on to something new.

If this describes you, congratulations! There is nothing “wrong” with you!

Job hopping is now considered a good thing and should be considered every two to three years.

Why?

Because the longer you stay at a job (usually), the less valuable you are to the company. Statistics show that “workers who stay with a company longer than two years are said to get paid 50% less” than if they moved on to another company.

Another good reason for job hopping is that you acquire the skill of getting a new job. A successful employment interview is a good thing to master.

This is great news for those of us who are a bit eccentric, wanting to dip our toes into the many opportunities to explore our interests and learn new things.

Ignore the naysayers and follow your dreams. I dare say your employment history will not be as multifaceted as mine, but I am willing to be proven wrong.

Read the full article explaining this life altering point of view on employment at FastCompany.com. 

 

Shelter for Students – Joe’s Place

My last post was about a shelter for students in a school district in Missouri. Today I discovered another one in Missouri, Joe’s Place. In fact, this was the inspiration for the Hope House.

These students are improving their grades, improving their attendance rates and some of them are going on to college after high school graduation.

This is a program that should be implemented all over this country.

If we truly care about our children, especially those that are living in poverty and unstable environments, and those that have been living in foster care, then we need to show them that we care by providing these shelter homes where they are able to thrive.

When family structures fail, we should be willing to come in and save the day.

That’s the America I want the world to see.

That’s the America I want children to experience.

That’s the community of America I want to see among people across this nation.

Let’s give everyone an equal opportunity regardless of how they ended up in their current situation. Poverty is not a choice. Poverty takes years to overcome and it can rarely be overcome without the help of our citizens that are able and willing to help. It costs so little to make this happen.

 

Joe’s Place is one of the only public school district programs in the country to provide a home for students who are either homeless or struggling in their current living situation. This year, a school district less than 20 miles away in Jennings, Missouri, started a similar version of Joe’s Place — but for girls. The Jennings School District Hope House opened around Thanksgiving.

 

The homes provide house parents who oversee everything and provide a disciplined schedule and stable routine. Many of these teens have not experienced this before.

One of them, who is now in college, returns to visit.

“I wouldn’t say it was a culture shock, but it was something in that area. There was dinner every night, there was a disciplined schedule — which was something I never had,” said Pinnell. “Eventually, I got really comfortable there and started calling it home not too far into the semester. It doesn’t take too long for someone to fall in love with Joe’s.”

Let’s spread the word and make a real difference in the lives of our young people!

 

Read the full article at HuffPost Politics.