Meditation can be a very positive activity for students – from middle school students to those taking medical assistant training and every kind of student in between. According to Edutopia, one California middle school first introduced Quiet Time (QT), a stress-reduction program as an optional activity, in the spring of 2007. Consisting of two periods, 15 minutes each in the morning and afternoon, students are afforded the time and opportunity to sit quietly or meditate. Since starting the Quiet Time program this middle school has witnessed a 50% reduction in suspensions and a drop in truancy of 65%. Best of all grade point averages have increased almost a full percent.
- Improved academic performance
- Better focus and stronger memory
- Reduced academic stress
- Reduction in anxiety
- Stronger brain efficiency
- Happier, more confident students
Meditation as an activity is non-denominational and requires no special training. It is simply the act of quiet mindfulness, quieting of one’s thoughts/internal monologue, a focus on breathing and holding positive thoughts in mind.
Here’s a post from a Columbia University blog on the benefits students stand to capture by adding a daily meditation to their routines. Be healthy of mind and body as you study to become a medical office assistant!