Paige Henry: Hundreds of public, charter and private schools in the United States have implemented a practice that might seem strange, foreign or even ridiculous to some adults: the Quiet Time Program.
It isn’t a ploy to have kids lay their heads on desks while teachers gossip in the break room.
It’s not an extra session of math or reading exercises either, but it does help students’ academic achievements.
The Quiet Time Program aims to improve the “overall environment of the schools” while giving students an effective way to reduce stress and develop “the full brain.” In other words, it’s a practical, highly effective form of meditation.
The Quiet Time Program began in 2005 when … Read more »
Every day, almost without fail, Connie Tellman escapes to the solitude of her grown daughter’s former room to meditate.
After doing yoga postures to relieve body tension, she sits cross-legged on a pillow, hands resting on her knees, eyes closed. For 15 minutes or so, she silently repeats her personal mantra, breathes rhythmically from her diaphragm and methodically touches the 108 small wooden beads of her mala necklace.
“Your mind concentrates on the breath,” said the 52-year-old Indianapolis woman. “You go within and close out the distractions of the world, so you can focus on your inner self.”
Local people who meditate agree on how it makes them feel: peaceful, calm, centered.