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Compass Behavioral Health is excited to announce Mindfulness Meditation program open to all Compass children and young adult clients (at no out-of-pocket costs to families). The classes take place every Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00pm. Reservations are requested.
Mindfulness is the practice of being “in the present,” of actively observing and paying attention to where you are “in the moment.” Mindfulness has been shown to be a key factor in happiness. Adolescents who are mindful are shown to experience greater well-being. Studies indicate that whether mindfulness is innate to a teen’s personality or a learned skill, being more mindful tends results in more positive emotions and less negative emotion and anxiety.
Compass’s Mindfulness Meditation program is carefully designed to teach your adolescent how to be “in the moment” and accept what they are feeling without fear or judgment. This is an important component to neurological attunement and the basis for emotional intelligence. Your child will learn that thoughts, feelings, and body sensations can be neutral, observable experiences instead of treating their thoughts and feelings as facts that contribute to emotional hijacking. Through Mindfulness Meditation, your child will understand to how to focus on the “here and now,” to accept what is so he or she is less likely to get caught up in anxiety, self-destructive behaviors, or acting out.
The Mindful Mediation sessions are broken into 20-minute segments, including process and discussion of the practice. These include:
- Body Awareness meditation and process: increasing awareness of body sensations as vital links in regulating emotions
- Guided meditation (teaching a core concept such as practicing a non-judgmental stance, observing and describing experiences objectively, disentangling from thoughts or feelings, or radical acceptance) and process
- Participation and one-mindfully practice without judgment: meditation ends with a fun game or exercise designed to carefully decrease self-consciousness and increase full participation in the moment through play
The practice of mindfulness can contribute directly to:
- Reduction in stress and anxiety
- Improved the mental, emotional, social and physical health
- Improved self-esteem
- Reduced reactivity and undesirable behavior
- Increased sense of calm, better sleep
- Skillful responses to difficult emotions
- Increased ability to manage behavior and emotions
- Increased empathy for others
- Improved impulse control
- The development of cognitive and performance skills and executive function
- Increased attention span and greater focus
- Improved ability to think in more innovative ways
- Improved memory
- Enhance planning, problem solving, and reasoning skills.
A trusted website for mindfulness education which Compass Behavioral Health endorses can be found here:
For more information we highly recommend reading this excellent overview document the Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People developed by the U.K. based Mindfulness in Schools Project.
Mindfulness research publications can be found at: www.mindfulexperience.org
Click on the links below to read a number of great new articles from the New York Times, Forbes Magazine and Time Magazine detailing research connecting mindfulness and academic performance:
Forbes Magazine: “The ‘New’ Benefits of Mindfulness: Improved Memory, Focus and GRE Scores” (March 27,2013)
Time Magazine: “Can ‘Mindfulness” Really Help You Focus?” (March 27, 2013)
Below are a number of key research articles that have been published on the benefits of mindfulness:
The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Training on Behavioral Problems in Adolescents with ADHD: article
Mindfulness and acceptance as components of psychological resilience to trauma: article
Mindfulness Inversely Associated with Alcohol Attentional Bias Among Recovering Alcohol-Dependent Adults: article
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), a meditation-based maintenance therapy, reduces the relapse risk in individuals suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD): article