My daughter is a sophomore in college. Among many eye-opening experiences I have had as a parent of a college student is discovering how stressful college has become.
In some ways, it is an exponential continuation of the experience of middle and high school, which seemed to me to be way more stressful than when I was that age. Granted, my 30th high school reunion was a couple of years ago, so perhaps my memory is dim. But I don’t think it is — I believe young people today are much more stressed in school than used to be the case.
All the more reason why students need to be taught meditation from an early age. I frequently share articles about meditation programs for students on the Dharma Beginner Facebook page and Twitter feed because I believe that meditation training is as essential — more essential, perhaps — to students as any academic subject they study.
The importance of meditation instruction and practice extends well beyond educational performance (though it is undeniably valuable in that regard). Young people need meditation to support their lives outside the classroom even more. School generally will end by the early 20s, but life will continue well beyond that.
Join me in supporting school-based meditation and mindfulness programs wherever you find them and in spreading the good word about their benefits.
Just a few examples…
- UVA Uses Yoga, Meditation to Help Students Fight Stress: Reading, writing, rhythmic breathing
- Youngsters Taught to Be Calm through Innovative New Program
- Students Meditate Their Way to Success
- Under Stress, Students in New York Schools Find Calm in Meditation
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