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Mindful : June 2013
leadership Teaching the Whole Child An excerpt from Congressman Tim Ryan’s A Mindful Nation Children in America deserve every opportunity to fully develop their talents—and I know that’s what their parents want, because they talk to me about it all the time. For the future of our country, it’s essential that we teach the whole child. A young child who can regulate his emotions is a child who will do better in school. Why not teach all of our children simple, tremendously pow- erful techniques to help increase their capacity to learn and regulate their own emotions. We don’t need more gadgets or fly-by-night programs in our school systems. If we teach children to follow their breath—and return to it when they get distracted—we are teaching them how to concentrate. Over time they will increase their ability to mobilize their attention. For a very small investment, we can prevent incredible future costs and heart- aches in our communities. How much will we save in preventing substance abuse? How much depression will be prevented because these kids will be able to discuss their problems with each other? How many teen suicides will be prevented because fewer children will feel isolated and alone? We are a compassionate coun- try. We are a smart country. Methods to cultivate mindfulness need to be reflected in our curriculum. Mindfulness can have great benefits for our children, but it can also help us be better parents. If you bring a touch of mindfulness to parenting, you may notice you’re less inclined to immediately react negatively to something your child has done. If your stress level is decreased a bit, you may be less likely to cause an emotionally charged situation to spin out of control. If you can slow down a bit, you may find yourself appreciating the free- spiritedness and curious nature of your child more often. If you’re paying closer attention and listening more deeply, you may notice your kids being more willing to open up to you. You may find yourself being more affectionate to them, and this may make them more affectionate toward you. Practicing mindfulness for a few weeks won’t turn someone into a perfect parent. But if we slow down and reduce our own stress, it may make home life noticeably calmer and more harmonious. Growing up, I remember two phrases being drilled into my head from my mom, the nuns, and the other teachers: Pay At- tention! and Be Nice! Well, the most frus- trating part of hearing that was that no one ever showed us how to pay attention! It’s not something you do automatically. It needs to be taught and practiced. It reminds me of watching young children try to play baseball for the first time. Even if they can hit the ball, they immediately run for third base. Until someone shows them how to get to first base, they can’t play the game. So it is with paying atten- tion. We have an obligation to do all we can for our children. Let’s make our kids aware of the deep inner resources and re- silience they possess. Let’s develop their capacity to think and to care about each other and to know themselves better. Adapted from A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Increase Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit. © 2012 by Tim Ryan. Published by Hay House. Available at hayhouse.com “Stop Bullying” artwork made by students at Jefferson Elementary School in Warren, Ohio. 50 mindful June 2013