This School Replaced Detention With Meditation. And the Results Are Stunning.

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This School Replaced Detention With Meditation. And the Results Are Stunning.

When kids start acting up, the typical response is to discipline them. But one school is helping them develop self-discipline instead, with great results.

The Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore now offers meditation when children act out, sending them to the ‘Mindful Moment Room’ instead.

This room is nothing like a standard detention room. It’s filled with plush pillows and calm but vibrant decorations. Kids are encouraged to sit and work on breathing or meditation, which helps them center themselves. They can also talk through what happened, if they wish.

The meditation room was created in partnership with the Holistic Life Foundation, which offers an after-school program, Holistic Me, where pre-schoolers through fifth graders learn yoga and meditation.

Some are skeptical that energetic kids can sit still long enough to meditate. But they can. “It’s amazing,” Kirk Philips, the Holistic Me coordinator at Robert W. Coleman, told Upworthy. “You wouldn’t think that little kids would meditate in silence. And they do.”

A growing body of science shows meditation’s benefits for adults, but the studies on children are still growing. But whatever benefits go beyond just one person. Holistic Life Foundation co-founder Andres Gonzalez told Oprah magazine, “We’ve had parents tell us, ‘I came home the other day stressed out, and my daughter said, “Hey, Mom, you need to sit down. I need to teach you how to breathe.”‘”

In terms of immediate benefits, Robert W. Coleman school says there have been zero suspensions last year and so far this year. Other schools report similar benefits of dropping suspension rates and growing attendance.

Meditation is an ancient practice, but programs like these show they still have a huge impact in modern-day life.

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