Mindful Awareness

Promoting Life Skills

Current scientific research has shown strong evidence that suggests Mindful Awareness programs, when effectively integrated within the educational system, promote positive qualities that empower students to become more attentive and caring world citizens.

Flourish Foundation offers school-based programs that introduce different forms of Mindful Awareness training to students and teachers in a classroom setting. The goal of the Mindful Awareness Program (MAP) is centered on broadening the scope of education to include social and emotional skills, attentional training, and the development of other virtues that support personal, social, and environmental health and well being. The MAP program uses secular, age appropriate exercises and games to develop a relaxed, stable, and clear way of being in the world that is motivated by kindness and compassion due to an understanding of interdependence and the equality of all beings.

When students were asked "How do you use mindfulness Practices?", they frequently responded:

• To calm down and relax

• Before and during a test

• When I'm angry or sad

• To pay attention and focus

• When communicating with others

Filmed over the course of a year, we highlight the core concepts of the Mindful Awareness Program through class excerpts, and interviews with students from Jennica Alexander's 5th grade class at Hailey Elementary.