Friday, 9 September 2016
Buddhist meditation helps kids unplug from their online world
From the Telegraph
"Children should be taught Buddhist meditation techniques and yoga in schools to help them "unplug from their online world", a minister has said.
Edward Timpson, an education minister, said that schools across the country should start teaching "mindfulness" as a "normal part of the school day".
The meditative practice, which has its roots in Buddhism, encourages people to focus on the present, rather than on the anxieties of the past or future.
Speaking during a debate in Parliament, Mr Timpson warned that “children cannot unplug from their online world, and that is changing the shape of many of their relationships and the pressures that they come under at a much more tender age”.
He said that mindfulness is “a modern innovation born from the deepest traditions of meditation” and that schools and colleges using the technique will “to enable all children to enjoy good mental health and emotional wellbeing...”. More
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