Kaiti School are very excited to be embarking on a new journey in Taha Hinengaro, Mental Health Education and Emotional Intelligence. This year, we are learning to be mindful and to Pause, Breathe and Smile.
Mindfulness is the practice of giving our full, open hearted attention to what is immediately occurring, physically and mentally, within and around us. It involves the characteristics of intentional focus on immediate experience with curiosity, openness, acceptance and love.
More simply put we could say that Mindfulness is paying attention to what is immediately occurring with kindness and interest.
Mindfulness has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Childhood stress is a precursor to Adulthood stress and stressful life events are related to reduced academic performance.
We'll share how more in coming weeks on the how of mindfulness. Even better, we will ask for your feedback and monitor progress for the next 12 months.
We thank Natasha and Grant Rix for providing this information above to support our learning on Mindfulness. (From their Pukapuka, Pause, Breathe and Smile)