What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of developing presence in all aspects of our lives - whether we are studying, working, driving, gardening, cleaning, or having dinner with our families. Mindfulness is the moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness of What's happening NOW: your breath, your body, your thoughts, your emotions, and your environment. A state of constant peaceful presence is the goal and result of Mindfulness.

Mindfulness targets the following areas:

Self-Awareness: Assessing our feelings, interest, values, and strengths; maintaining self-confidence.

Self-Management: Regulating emotions to handle stress, control impulses, and persevere in overcoming obstacles.

Social Awareness: Understanding different perspectives and empathizing with others; recognizing and appreciating similarities and differences; using family, school, and community resources effectively.

Relationships Skills: Maintaining healthy relationships based on cooperation; resisting inappropriate social pressure; preventing, managing, and resolving interpersonal conflicts; seeking help when needed.

Responsible Decision Making: Using a variety of considerations, including ethical, academic, and community-related standards to make choices and decisions.

Mindfulness Benefits:

improve student self-control and self-regulation skills

strengthen students' resiliency and decision making

bolster students' enthusiasm for learning

increased students' academic success

develop students' positive social skills, such as empathy, compassion, patient, and generosity

reduce peer-to-peer conflict

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."


Here is the link to the mindfulness website that Ms. Jovaisa put together and shared at the mindfulness parent workshop: https://sites.google.com/hartfordschools.org/bmss-mindfulness-room/home

It has resources for students, parents and teachers alike. Check It out!