Mindful Education

Mindful Education

Training and Counseling Program to implement meditation, mindfulness and Self-Knowledge in the school environment.

Mindful Education

Make a difference in your Educational Center with easy and effective tools for the integral development of students.

We are living a transformation of society that will confront our siblings to new problems and challenges that today we cannot even imagine, internet, misinformation through social networks, hyperactivity, artificial intelligence, etc. We need an empathetic, compassionate and resilient society capable of adapting to change with tolerance to frustration and creativity.

Meditation and Emotional Education

The importance of meditation from childhood lies not only in the feeling of tranquility, but also in the skills that can be developed in the face of everyday situations that produce tension or anxiety. 

VISION

To introduce in the educational system a program of holistic training of the individual that combines, working in a transversal way, meditation techniques, mindfulness practices, cognitive practices and interpersonal communication skills; within a scientific conceptual framework and non-denominational universal principles and values, in order to facilitate the integrated development of the child who tomorrow will be the adult of the society to come.

MISSION

This project aims to provide the best tool to develop the essential skills of students:
concentration, resilience, introspection, visualization skills, relaxation skills, emotional education and development of the various types of intelligence. In Mindfulness Schools we believe it is essential to develop emotional intelligence from the first years of life. it will help them to better understand themselves and others. Promoting success at school and in life.

OBJECTIVES

  • To train teachers of primary, middle and high schools and educators in general in our Integrated Development Program.
  •  To implement the program in schools, from Early Years to High School, in a concerted action of the school community (parents, students and teachers).
  • To develop programs for families of the same school community.

Emotional education and meditation

Until recently, education was focused almost exclusively on teaching the traditional subjects, such as Mathematics, Language, or Science (i.e., objective knowledge), leaving aside any aspect related to the Self and the subjective experience of Self. However, more and more educators incorporate specific programs to educate the next generations in an integrated way.

We have developed a simple protocol of meditation and cognitive-behavioral practices that teach the person to live each day in all its fullness. We provide each student with the tools to cope with problems, develop personal balance, and integrate thoughts, feelings, and emotions, transforming the experience of existence that we have each day into fullness and satisfaction.

Our program provides its beneficiaries with the ability to achieve states of deep relaxation and inner peace. It provides them with emotional response tools that allow them to change their responses and reactions to external situations and other negative experiences they could have.

Method

Through an integrative process of the three main pillars of the educational process: Mothers and Fathers and/or Family in charge, Teachers and Students.

Creation of the work team

Coordinating from the direction to the teaching staff, association of mothers and fathers of students, a work team is selected that includes representatives of both groups. 

Training for Families and Teachers

Families and teachers of the center are trained in the meditation and emotional education program so that each one can apply it in their own lives and transmit it to their students/children. 

Development of programs for students

Students are the target of the program to acquire skills and knowledge through their
own experimentation and team collaboration. 

MINDFULNESS SCHOOL COURSES

How do we implement this action? Through an integrative process of the three main pillars of the educational process:

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS COURSES

To guide students in the acquisition of the necessary skills (interpersonal and intrapersonal) that allow them to recognize their feelings and those of others, and to know how to properly manage their emotions, as a key to positive coexistence. 

To provide them with the meditation tools that will develop their cognitive abilities, concentration and attention, creative and visual thinking and the capacity for introspection and self-knowledge. (note on stress management) The Dalai Lama says that if we were to teach meditation to every eight-year-old child, we would eliminate violence in a single generation. For this reason alone, it would be worth to teach meditation in Schools. The importance of relaxation and meditation from childhood lies not only in the feeling of tranquility, but also in the skills that can be developed in everyday situations that produce tension or anxiety. 

These techniques allow children to regulate negative emotions, such as anger, aggressiveness or stress, they will tend to develop strategic mechanisms to control certain behaviors and thus significantly reduce symptoms related to fear, anxiety or depression.

COURSES FOR TEACHERS

We offer guidelines to integrate Emotional Education and Meditation in daily classroom activities. 

The project includes an in-depth training in mindfulness for the volunteer teachers of each of the centers that will make them competent to train their students in the future. Teachers will be trained in current theoretical concepts about the mind and its functioning and in the theories of consciousness and evolution.  Likewise, teamwork, natural leadership, shared vision and common objective will be encouraged, which will be introduced through communication workshops, personal expression and team mindfulness tasks. This training enables teachers to maintain programs of 8 sessions of 55 minutes during a trimester in each of the courses of their students. 

COURSES for families

To provide them with practical tools so that they can promote emotional intelligence in the family environment and to know how to manage their own emotions as a mother/father and those of their daughters and sons. Parents will be motivated to follow the same training as their children in the centers, to cooperate in introducing the habits of mental hygiene resulting from the practice of mindfulness. 

Our frequently asked question

Our foundation has been developing various programs aimed at introducing mindfulness and meditation techniques as well as emotional education in the
educational system. Since 2013 we have conducted several interventions in High Schools and Public
Schools in Europe.

Contact us to implement our mindfulness project in the classroom through this email maria@ifsu.org

Emotional Education is an educational process, continuous and permanent, which aims to enhance emotional development as an indispensable complement to cognitive development, both constituting the essential elements of the development of the integral personality.

Meditation has been used by all cultures and spiritual traditions since ancient times and nowadays it has attracted scientific interest, being carried out in the last 30 years a large number of serious and competent studies. The IFSU Foundation are specialized in the training of meditation teachers which makes them fully competent to transmit this millenary art that has been recently discovered by science.

Consecutive curricula that evolve according to age and growth in the passage from pre-adolescence to adolescence.


The program begins by training the teachers and includes in the intervention the parents of the students also in a first phase in order to guarantee a correct introduction of this training in an integral way.

There is a great diversity of studies that show the importance of students being aware of their emotional competencies, such as the one carried out by John Durlak, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago in 2011, and in which he compared nearly 200 schools -more than 270,000 students-. This research showed that students who participated in emotional learning programs had significant gains in different areas, both in social and emotional skills, as well as in better behaviors and academic results.

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The importance of meditation from childhood lies not only in the feeling of tranquility, but also in the skills that can be developed in the face of everyday situations that produce tension or anxiety.