Thursday, November 08, 2012

The Inner Search in Schools

When Meditation was first introduced in schools a few years ago, it was received with good humor. Students found it funny in the beginning and boring gradually. Most teachers never believed in it and some believers soon forgot it. I never really understood why this was happening. But I tried hard to advocate that it was to do with calming our mind and sharpening our focus on studies-which was how I vaguely understood and I discovered I wasn't fully wrong.
Meditation before the Evening Prayer in Bajothang
Now that I have the complete understanding of the intention behind introducing this in schools I would like to share it with my readers. It's a very simple ritual a school should follow whenever possible to give students a quite moment of calmness, in which they get time to be mindful. Mindfulness is the key in this practice. It's a known fact that nobody wants be bad, nobody wants be in trouble, but they land up being without their intention. And one bad thing leads to another. That's the result of not being mindful. We are always in rush.
Everybody has a choice at all times, we make many decisions every moment of our lives and our decisions shape us. While making those many decisions we have two voices talking to us from within our head, one is the good one and other is bad, but how many of us know which one to listen to?
That's what's happening to our students everyday, they don't want to land up in problem but they got into trouble by the wrong decisions they made. They didn't know they have picked on the wrong choice. Not many of us make right decisions at all times either. They need help. But no external help can solve your internal problem, how long can anyone rely on help considering the hundreds of decisions we have to make everyday. The help is right there within ourselves. We only have to focus and that focus comes from training our mind. That's why Meditation is brought to school, and I believe in it, because a mindful child will live a meaningful life.
There are different types and levels of meditation, please Google it. I picked on the simplest one and I am trying with my students every day and I have asked them to spare one minute every morning and evening for it. They know why they are doing this, and with them I am also in search the good voice myself. This could solve many of life's problems, this could be the answer to all the disciplinary problems in the school, and this could be the revolution against social problems, if at all we take it with genuine seriousness.

Note: Meditation in school has no connection with any religion, the only connection it has is with ones mind and therefore with ones life. 

3 comments:

  1. Hi Passu! I did meditation too before starting self-study at home and it really did a good job (during my schooltime). I could concentrate well and absorb things quickly.

    But I don't really do it in my daily life and although I know it's good, sometimes I choose to ignore, that's why sometimes I made wrong choices or steps in life too...

    Maybe I should do it again... Just few minutes in the morning and few minutes before sleeping. Hehehe.... Thanks for reminding!

    Hope your students will find it meaningful and there is a motivation on why they should do it everyday :) I think, motivation is the key! And there must be a goal of it, otherwise, they will find it dull and meaningless... Good luck!

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  2. Sir, this is a good initiative taken. I am not sure how many schools have it today, but a decade ago, my father was a fan of Vipasana. Peace of mind is required by any individual. And yes, it is never about religion, be it muslim or chirtian or even buddhist, they can have themselves registered and go to do meditation in India, somewhere near Delhi. My father has been to that place couple of times and his temper over the years has reduced. I hope everybody finds peace of mind. Ps: I had to trick your twitter bird to read your article. :p

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  3. Passu,

    I have many audio recordings of Sogyel Rimpoche, where rimpoche ahs given an extensive teachings on meditation, mind, happiness and many more....

    I will give you when i come back to Bhutan....

    And I will also give you a movie "Freedom Writers Diary"

    Till then have a nice time

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