I am an accredited .b mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness in Schools Project. For more information on the Mindfulness in Schools Project go to www.mindfulnessinschools.org

.b is a 9 session course which has been specifically designed for young people. It teaches mindfulness skills and for many it has been shown to lead to immediate and striking results: they feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled; they can concentrate better; and they have a toolkit to deal with stress and anxiety.

What are the benefits for the students?

.b intends to help young people to overcome difficulties, thrive and flourish – and the research that has taken place into its effectiveness suggests it does indeed have the potential to meet these ambitious goals.

.b aims to help young people:

  • To experience greater well-being (e.g. feel happier, calmer, more fulfilled)
    To fulfil their potential and pursue their own goals e.g. be more creative, more relaxed, academically and personally.
  • To improve their concentration and focus, in classes, in exams and tests, on the sports field, when playing games, when paying attention and listening to others.
  • To work with difficult mental states such as depressive, ruminative and anxious thoughts and low moods.
  • To cope with the everyday stresses and strains of adolescent life such as exams, relationships, sleep problems and family issues.

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Resources

1). Why we will come to see mindfulness as mandatory:

The Guardian – Why we will come to see mindfulness as mandatory

Huffington Post – Mindfulness classes could be introduced in schools

The Telegraph – Why does the Government want to teach mindfulness in schools?

Lessons in meditation? Schools teach pupils mindfulness to help them concentrate and deal with stress

2). What is mindfulness?

What Is Mindfulness? Click to download the pdf

3). In this enlightening talk, Richard guides through a short mindfulness meditation, and shares his experience of teaching mindfulness in schools.