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.
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 quiet 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 a 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 every day, they don’t want to land up in problem but they get into trouble by the wrong decisions they make. They don’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 every day. The help is right there within us. 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 that with my students every day. 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 of 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. Meditation in school has no connection with any religion, the only connection it has is with one’s mind and therefore with one’s life.
By Passang Passu Tshering
The writer is a teacher with the Bajothang Higher Secondary School in Wangdiphodrang