Ideas for a kinder classroom with Pongy Stinkbelly
Promoting kindness in the classroom and everywhere!
The Power of the Mind
When Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” maybe he was talking about the power of visualising. The brain is neuroplastic, which means it can create new neural pathways. When we repeat a skill that we are trying to master, we strengthen the neural networks that represent that action. The same happens physically in the brain whether we perform the action, or simply visualize it. Your brain cannot tell the difference between an action you performed and an action you visualized.
In a Harvard study, two groups wanted to master a new piano piece of music, one group imagined practising while the other group actually practised on a piano. The group imagining showed motor cortex expansion, even though they hadn’t been near a piano.
So if we visualise what we want to become good at, a job interview, a presentation, a sports activity, we can improve our performance very simply be imagining a successful performance.
A study conducted by Dr. Biasiotto at the University of Chicago was done where he split people into three groups and tested each group on how many free throws they could make. After this, he had the first group practice free throws every day for an hour. The second group just visualized themselves making free throws. The third group did nothing. After 30 days, he tested them again. The first group improved by 24%. The second group improved by 23% without touching a basketball! The third group did not improve which was expected.
So next time you want to perform better make time to visualise and go through the motions. It will improve your performance every time. Happy imagining and enjoy all that practice!
For years, my Lion King cd was a great way to start the morning and end the day with the Savannah in Africa drumming through the classroom; Kensington seemed a million miles away for me and the children for those 10 minutes.
We could wash away the distractions and focus on the day ahead. Clear our thoughts and offer peace and kindness to all during these moments. It was a great way to start and finish a day. The feel good factor always resonates with this music and our imagination could transport us to another world.
Of course it was an introduction to meditation. It became a vital part of the school day.
The benefits of meditation for mind, body and spirit will only enhance a great learning environment.
Benefits for Mind
– builds compassion and awareness
-boosts cognitive function
– helps will power
-increases concentration and focus
Benefits for Body
-boosts immune system
-lowers blood pressure
– fosters healthy body image
– boosting oxygen to brain
Benefits for Spirit
-builds empathy and compassion
– helps sense of connection to world and others
– helps relationships
– increases self knowledge
Good luck with your meditation practice! Have fun with it and experiment; try different music, guided meditations and singing bowls.
Practice and ten minutes every morning and afternoon will make a huge difference!