In order to understand the practice of mindfulness education, we can go back to the deeply rooted practice of gratitude and self-awareness that the ancient Buddhist philosophy practiced through the art of meditation. This kind mindful practice is described as any activity that teaches our brain to focus on a thing, while not thinking or judging of the present moment.
There are so-called mindfulness trainers that promote greater mindfulness in the class they teach, however, there are those who are trapped in their thinking and limiting themselves with regards to how passionate and thoughtful they are with the mindfulness education.
Mindfulness can still be made fun in the activities set by schools, such as field trips, recess and others, and this is where the limitation can still be improved. The idea is pushing for a heightened awareness and concentration while kids are playing with words, music, colors, numbers, shapes, textures and smells, even if they are settling peacefully in their own space. This goes to say that the process of teaching education to children is not to be limited in paying attention.
The above idea is based on the premise that kids, like some adults, prefer short cuts, love games, and that things that make them laugh are retained more in their memories, and they give more attention to activities that allow their creative juices to flow. We are then reminded that if kids are left to approach differently and if it were up to them, they can come up with resources and ideas adults sometimes have not imagine, because they have the ability to see connections even in odd situations and concepts.
Some mindful trainers are then encouraging other teachers to make mindfulness in the classroom but with a less notion of being serious about the process, but instead lighten up in the activity.
Mindfulness is therefore the very essence of having fun according to mindful trainers, and this comes from being able to notice new things, to draw distinctions, to shift perspectives and to stay in the present fully.
Further, the above contention is based on the fact that having fun means to really live in the moment, and apparently, kids have in this case already the tendency to be mindful.
Turning to the teachers, it is said that they can become great mindful trainers too with some guidance, lots of humor and a powerful burst of creativity, for as long as they have fun with what they are doing.
The competition spirit of kids and pressure of excellence from parents are creating stress to both, but with mindful education, we are limiting the impact of such life but instead allow a positive end to all.