Baltimore Elementary School Replaces Detention With Meditation

September 25, 2016  |  

Photo Credit: Holistic Life Foundation

Photo Credit: Holistic Life Foundation

Over the years, it’s become tradition to punish a kid with detention or suspension when they act up. However, one Baltimore elementary school is taking a more artistic to combat unruliness: mindful meditation.

Upworthy featured Robert W. Coleman Elementary School on their site, shedding light on their newly-minted Mindful Moment Room a bright and peaceful space that replaces the bland traditional detention rooms. According to the site, “the room looks nothing like your standard windowless detention room. Instead, it’s filled with lamps, decorations, and plush purple pillows.” During the sessions, kids are encouraged to sit in the room, practicing meditation and breathing exercises, with the goal of helping them calm down and re-center. In addition, professionals join them to help them analyze their behavior and talk through what happened.

Mindful meditation as such has been around for quite some time, nearly thousands of years, and science has recently delved into just how it affects our minds and bodies. One study suggested that “mindful meditation could give practicing soldiers a kind of mental armor against disruptive emotions, and it can improve memory too.” Another also suggested it could “improve a person’s attention span and focus.”

While the results in individual studies don’t carry in every single situation, the kids of Robert W. Coleman have benefited greatly. “It’s amazing,” said Kirk Philips, the Holistic Me coordinator at the elementary school, which is a local non-profit that has partnered with the school. “You wouldn’t think that little kids would meditate in silence. And they do.”

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