Image: Desert Sands
Time: 15 min.
Music is playing as students enter.
Teacher says the following:
Image: Desert leading to mountains
Students entered and teacher took attendance. Teacher re-introduced mindfulness and the purpose of it. During the breathing exercises, the phone rang from the tutors. Teacher requested they call back after the meditation.
Journey included the following steps:
1. Walk through breathing and proper posture.
2. Student relax as their eyelids feel heavy
3. Students are asked to call the image back up to their mind
4. Teacher gave sensory feelings as if their feet are on the desert ground and legs were brushing against the cluster of grass.
5. The warmth of the ground passed through their feet to soften their joints and pass up through their, leaving them feeling light and fast.
6. They walk quickly through the desert ground and up a the hills.
7. The airs begins to chill as they walk to the top of the mountain.
8. Night comes on and they see lights formed in a grid pattern over the mountain.
9. They walk towards the light hoping to see a city of people who will accept them.
10. The lights turn from a city into a path
11. They follow along a path of lit stones to a bright rectangle in the distance.
12. Walk to the rectangle and see a door. Turning the cold knob they walk through
13. On the other side of the door they see a circle of trees and white moon above.
14. They sit in the circle and feel complete. A whole person, comfortable in our skin.
15. Gently open the eyes, welcome back to class.
Students described themselves as feeling calm and relaxed. Many noted that their mood changed afterwards. In terms of energy, many said they were more tired than energized. They responded that the ocean scene left them feeling more relaxed.
It's important to note that my room is shared with another teacher and is divided by a temporary wall. Thus, all of the sounds they hear from the other class become more obvious when meditating. I have informed my students that they know they have successfully meditated when they can block all exterior sounds from their mind.
Time: 20 minutes
Experience Description (written in script form to describe process):
-Teacher placed notes on the board, Students walked in and at the ringing of the bell, teacher took attendance.
-Teacher asked students to silence their cell phones and put their computers away. Teacher waited quietly while the students did this.
-Teacher discussed correct posture (i.e. students rested their backs against the chair with their hands open facing the image on the screen)
-Teacher discussed correct breathing and the benefits of the full breath
- students breath in through their nose to fill their lungs, students breath out through their mouths
- students were encouraged to breath silently.
- Initially many students laughed during the breathing exercises.
- In response teacher asked the students to focus on breath and not those around them " This is the time for you. not your peers. This is the time to forget those around you". When one student continued to joke/comment teacher offered an alternative assignment for the student to do in the hallway. Students responded with silence.
- Teacher asked the students to focus on the image projected, describing all of the images parts
- Teacher asked students to close their eyes and call image to the surface.
- Teacher continued to describe image
- Teacher developed "sensory" clues describing the wind, the texture of the sand, the sound of the water. Students began to imagine their journey with the following steps
*the Grove of Trees is a resting point to mark the end of every journey.
- Following this, students were asked to complete the feedback sheet. and asked to work on their sketchbook.
- During the class period the teacher continued to play meditation inspired music
- students had positive response
- many said they liked the experience
- students were calm for the classroom period
Need for Improvement/ future changes
- develop a back up assignment for students who refuse to participate in meditation
- Re discuss purpose of mindfulness
I am an art teacher at Highland Springs High School. I am practicing mindfulness in the art room to see if it will help students to access their creativity and thought process. I am documenting each day of practice with my 3rd block Art II's. I hope this will be successful!.