Mindfulness

Mindfulness at the Gryphon School

Mindfulness training has been proven many times to improve health and wellbeing in adults and there is a growing body of evidence that it is effective for young people too. It allows us to learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better and feel calmer, less anxious and less worried. At The Gryphon School we aim to allow all those students who wish to learn this skill access to a course during their time here.

Jem Shackleford

Mr Shackleford who teaches Mindfulness.

Mindfulness involves training our attention to be ‘in the present’ to whatever is happening at that moment, rather than worrying about the past or what might happen in the future. Brain imaging studies have shown that Mindfulness practice brings about profound changes to the structure and function of the brain that improves quality of thought, feeling and understanding of others. It is increasingly used in business, companies such as Google, Apple, Glaxo Smith Kline, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG use Mindfulness. It is also approved by NICE for use in the NHS and is also used by top sports stars and at the Guildhall School of Music to improve performance.

How can Mindfulness help?

Well-conducted Mindfulness interventions have been shown to

  • Improve wellbeing
  • Reduce worries, anxiety, distress, reactivity and bad behaviour
  • Improve sleep and self esteem
  • Bring about greater calmness, relaxation, and self-regulation and awareness.
  • Contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills in the young.
  • Help people learn to be more ‘present’ and less anxious
  • Often improve attention leading to an improvement in the quality of performance, in the classroom, at work, on the sports field, and in the performing arts for example

Mindfulness is taught through a 8-week course at the Gryphon, focusing on key skills:

First steps in focusing attention, establishing calm and concentration, recognising rumination and coming home to the body, developing present moment awareness in the every day, slowing and savouring activities, including walking, stepping back from thoughts that hijack you, allowing, accepting and being with difficult emotions, taking in the good and pulling it all together and making it personal.

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