Why? To prime students to learn.

Mindfulness can refer to a large body of instruction, practices, and exercises intended to reduce anxiety, stress, and trauma, teach positive coping skills and emotional regulation, and improve attention. The Mindfulness Practice program at the MEG School seeks to:

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  • Reduce stress, anxiety, and improve emotional regulation skills.
  • Improve attention, focus, and motivation in academic and other pursuits.
  • Encourage self-reflection, confidence, and personal growth.
  • Increase self-awareness, particularly of behaviors that lead to academic success and personal fulfillment.

What? Resilience, self-reflection, and empowerment.

Structured activities in mindfulness are themed each month: focusing on specific mental practices, parts of the nervous system, and types of thoughtful action. Students will develop an extensive knowledge of their brains and bodies, along with practical skills for self-organization and self-motivation. Our topics are:

  1. The autonomic nervous system, and nurturing your nervous system to a place of safety.
  2. The limbic system, emotional intelligence, and moving better to feel better.
  3. The parietal lobe, distractions and obstacles, and resilience through goal-directed movement.
  4. The insula and mirror neurons, interpersonal relationships, empathy and reciprocity.
  5. The temporal lobe, active listening, and communicating your story with resonance.
  6. The frontal lobe, autonomous learning strategies, and reimagining executive functioning.
  7. Neuroplasticity, agency, and the power of clear self-limiting beliefs.

How? Top-down and bottom-up activities.

Mindfulness Practice Program West LA The MEG School

Top-down practices. These are mental practices that have bodily effects. Through yoga and meditation, we will strengthen the brain’s areas for self-control and self-regulation—the insula, prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus.

Bottom-up practices. These are bodily practices that advance mental goals. Through regulated breath and movement work, we will regulate the vagus nerve to experience calm and put ourselves in the right mindset for self-regulation.

A sample of activities students will engage in to practice mindfulness include:

Weekly Review: Students journal self-reflectively on their progress and goals for the week.

  1. Weekly wins: What’s going well? Any wins, big or small?
  2. What have you learned this week? How will you implement this in the future?
  3. Next week: What 1 action will you take to ensure next week is productive?

Recalibrating the Autonomic Nervous System: Through yoga, students seek to conquer their fight-or-flight response and learn techniques for calming down — from ways to physically move to breathwork exercises that support self-soothing and centering.

Designing SMART(ER) Goals: Students begin with a meditation practice, in which they choose something specific to manifest and visualize what they want to create. After setting their SMART goals, students finish with a body scan that assesses their internal and external environments and prepares them to get going!