Starting each day in a mindful way
Text and audio by Jacob Frausto
A new tradition has dawned on the start of every day this year at Judge. Mindfulness meditations have become a part of the everyday morning announcements, and many students were surprised by this. However, with the increase of mindfulness activities—in and out of the classroom—towards the end of last year, it only makes sense that the whole school would have this form of meditation integrated into the day.
Ms. Morgan, the director of the counseling center at Judge, is spearheading the movement and is hoping to cause a positive impact on the lives of students early in the morning. She knows that the addition, while it does remain short, may carry on a heavier rejuvenation that many students may enjoy as a start to their day. She claims that with the distressful nature of the mornings that some students may face, it’s absolutely necessary to have a moment to just stop and “bring it all back to the breath.”
Ms. Morgan has also been attempting to work primarily with meditation apps, such as Headspace or Calm. It’s something that she’s found extremely easy to use as much as it’s helpful. Calm is even offering The Calm Schools Initiative, a free resource for teachers to hold a space for meditation with their students.
Student reactions on mindfulness have wavered. Carlos Padilla (‘19) claimed that “it’s nice to just unwind a little before the day starts.” However, some students aren’t as thrilled about the idea, claiming that it moves just a bit too slowly for them or that they can’t always hear the announcements in the morning.
With a mixed reaction by the student body, it’s unforeseeable how the fate of our mindful mornings may pan out. One thing’s for certain though: Ms. Morgan will continue to help us begin every day with a little touch of self-awareness.