Why mindfulness is necessary for Indian Children? 

Mindfulness is the talking point all over the world in the last few years. It’s benefits to all age groups have been thoroughly researched  all over the world since the last 30 years. What started as a stress Clinic by Jon Korbat Zin has become a revolution in today’s fast moving world. The results in children have taken the world by surprise specially, remarkable increase in focus and concentration. Indian students are still not exposed to these skills as there is no formal course in the curriculum. Mindful Gurukul is the first organization in India with a definite program to teach school going children this much needed skill. 

        “Rahul behave yourself. Is this the way you talk to your friends” or “You are not concentrating on your studies, that is the reason you get less marks”.These are the most common discussion in most of the households in metropolitan cities.        Today the most talked about topic in India is Digitalisation and Globalization. India is talking about 4g network and high speed internet. Internet was first accessible only on the computer, then on laptop and going further, now on tablet. Today is the world where we are talking about high end smart phones with powerful processors. 

          So a lot information is continuously fed in our mind from the print as well as social media.This information is also available to young children who are at their developmental stage. In a study  conducted in US, it  has shown that kids playing games on phone have developed stronger analytical skills  but the socioemotional learning suffers a great deal. This is why we  see more aggressive behavior by most of the kids.

            Also since they  are addictive,the distraction from most of the learning activities is a common problem in most of the school going kids. Morality and religion have a strong foundation in India and is the only way parents can tackle these issues. The high exposure to the media can at times make it difficult for today’s generation to understand this. Most of the parents and teachers will agree the conventional disciplining  in the form of reward and punishment doesn’t have the desired results with most of the kids nowadays. 

        The basic neuroscience behind this has been extensively researched and it is found the prefrontal lobe in the brain in human child actually starts functioning by the age of 18-20 years. This prefrontal lobe is the one responsible for regulation of our thoughts. So in school going children the emotional impulses like anger, ADHD and impulsive behaviour are unchecked, hence at times children do not listen to the elders. Humans are the only mammals who have to depend on the guidance of the elders for such a long time.So there is a need to intervene and impart skills to the kids. 

Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening now. Another way to describe it is to  consciously bring our attention to the present moment . it can be practiced anywhere unlike meditation where you need a particular place and posture. It can also be described as “a skill beyond meditation” . It is secular and does not interfere with anyone’s religious beliefs. Also basic morality for human kind like gratitude, compassion and empathy  are taught to children. 

There has been extensive research done on its effect on young minds  and is still going on. The results beyond doubt has showed marked improvement in focus, concentration and emotional stability in all age groups. In adolescent there is a marked improvement in their self esteem and decision  taking abilities. 

Kids are less insecure and are more aware of their emotions. Mindfulness gives them the freedom of choice to refuse and accept the situation which is best suited to them. 

    There is no formal structure in Indian school curriculum at present to deal with these issues and empower our younger generation to deal with the future in a more controlled manner. Mindful Gurukul the brainchild of Dr. Chirag Jain and Darshana Jain has made the initiative to empower the children from all socioeconomic conditions and give them a happier tomorrow. 

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Why teach mindfulness to kids? 

why teach mindfulness to kids

Some of the benefits  from Mindfuness Practice for children between 6 to 16 years(class 1 to class 10)

  • Better focus and concentration
  • Raised self-awareness
  • Decreased stress for pupils and teachers
  • Improved school-wide culture
  • Better conflict-resolution skills
  • Increased calm
  • Better ways to respond to difficult emotions
  • Increased empathy and understanding of others

The top three areas where mindfulness has shown maximum results in 30 year of extensive research done  is 

  • Focus 
  • Concentration
  • Emotional intelligence

specially in adolescent children where emotional stability and empathy plays a pivotal role

Quotes from pupils

I like mindfulness because it helps me feel better and teaches me to concentrate.

I think if everybody knew how to do mindfulness there wouldn’t be that much killing and fighting over little things. Mindfulness is very good for kids and adults.

Quotes from teachers

After mindfulness today, they were so focused in music. They’re never like that in music.

The mindfulness classes are really good for me. I am under a lot of stress and they cool me out and then I am much better for my students

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What is mindfulness? 

what is mindfulness

 A is for awareness – Becoming more aware of what you are thinking and doing – whats going on in your mind and body. 

B is for “just Being” with your experience.  Avoiding the tendency to respond on auto-pilot and feed problems by creating your own story.

C is for  Creating a gap between the experience and our reaction to, we can make wiser choices between action and reaction.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.


Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future

In our modern, busy lives, we constantly multi task. Its easy to lose awareness of the present moment as when we become lost in our efforts to juggle work, home, finances, and other conflicting demands.


As humans we are often “not present” in our own lives. We often fail to notice the good things about our lives, fail to hear what our bodies are telling us, or poison ourselves with toxic self criticism.

Human minds are easily distracted, habitually examining past events and trying to anticipate the future. Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations may not sound like an obviously helpful thing to do, however learning to do this in a way that suspends judgement and self-criticism can have an incredibly positive impact on our lives. 

Have you ever started eating a snack bar, taken a couple of bites, then noticed all you had left

was an empty packet in your hand? Or been driving somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realise you remember nothing about your journey? Most people have! These are common examples of “mindlessness,” or “going on automatic pilot.” In our modern, busy lives, we constantly multi task. Its easy to lose awareness of the present moment as when we become lost in our efforts to juggle work, home, finances, and other conflicting demands.

As humans we are often “not present” in our own lives. We often fail to notice the good things about our lives, fail to hear what our bodies are telling us, or poison ourselves with toxic self critism.

Human minds are easily distracted, habitually examining past events and trying to anticipate the future. Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations may not sound like an obviously helpful thing to do, however learning to do this in a way that suspends judgement and self-criticism can have an incredibly positive impact on our lives. 

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives.  It will not eliminate life’s pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life.


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