Learning to stay Mindful and Respectful
- 22 April 2022
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1994).” A simple practice of mindful conduct can help in bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. It can help parents and caregivers, too, by promoting happiness.
I, being a student counsellor at one of the best schools in India, often realize the importance of mindfulness amidst small moments like when someone greets us, opens a door for us, listens patiently, or even reaches out to us when we need help. Essentially, our self-awareness and mindful attitude could certainly create resilient and kind bridges for the community.
Respect is a vital and positive emotion that flows through the roots of every individual. Recently during the school I-Respect Campaign re-launch we witnessed a similar mindset with a strong pursuit of accepting others, the way they are, and celebrating our uniqueness together. To enable respect, integrity, and resilience in young children, I encourage them to go one step at a time and remain consistent, as that shall harness positive and kind manners.
During the campaign, the students reflected with immense thought and mindfulness towards- ‘what respect means to them’. Here is a glimpse of their perception:
Developing a respectful and mindful attitude is often overlooked at times. One should start with small behavioural changes, one step at a time. Some realistic situations where we (parents as well as children) can be mindful of our behavior are:
If we are calm, focused, and relaxed on the inside then we can certainly help and support others as well. So, practicing deep breathing, yoga, and physical activity can help us build better concentration and balance in life.
Reflecting on the language, the words, and the gestures that are being used can help us improve and sustain relationships. One should reflect first and then speak to avoid harsh communications.
Our body language and posture while conducting ourselves must be polite and sensible e.g. within classrooms, on the play-field, or while conversing with someone.
Peer for the peer is a very robust way to nurture empathy, active listening, and compassion in young children. Thus, one should develop a nature of being ready to offer a helping hand, when needed.
Awareness towards giving back to the community and understanding our social responsibilities have been fruitful in holistic grooming. Even when interacting with the environment and mother nature, one should try to maintain its form and act as a nurturing being.
Research also suggests that mindfulness can develop better cognition as well as resilience in one’s personality. So, let us all pace ourselves and be mindful of the small moments while Staying Ahead.
Being one of the best IB schools in India, we at Oakridge International School, Mohali believe in providing the best possible support and resources to our children for the development of a mindful and respectful behaviour.