“Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve attention and reduce stress as well as increase one's ability to regulate emotions and feel compassion and empathy.” As we push for social emotional learning, this fits perfectly.
"They learn how to pause and respond to situations rather than react. They have a better understanding of the ways that their brains work and have an increased sense of curiosity and wonder about their own thoughts, emotions, and body sensations."
I personally find it difficult to practice Mindfulness. I have a hard time calming my mind. I want to follow the million thoughts I have going through my head. I use breathing and calming techniques often with my students. I know that if I cannot do it myself, it is hard to do it with those that I work with. But I have found when I calm myself and do the practice along side my student, I too feel better. And it is hard to argue with the overwhelming amount of research out there that shows how beneficial it is for us all.
I really enjoyed Mindfulness: The Antidote for Perfectionism – Life's hard enough without trying to be mindful all of the time.
The Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Meditating (and What You Can Do About It) - I have said them all! Great quick read.
Just can't get into this whole mediation thing? Check out these links on the benefits of coloring!
Why Coloring Could Be The New Alternative To Meditation
Is Coloring Within the Lines the New Meditation?
S – STOP (what you are doing)
O – OBSERVE (thoughts, feelings, and emotions)
B – BREATHE (in through the nose and out through the mouth)
E – EXPAND (breath deeper and continue to notice more)
R – RESPOND (to your needs)
You may also be interested in Kristin Neff's work on self-compassion. She has exercises on her website.