One of the fringe benefits of working in an elementary school is having lunch with the students. As you may know, there is a great deal of research being done on mindfulness and the work place. Science is showing that mindfulness or contemplative practices influences attention, mood, and productivity. When I am feeling overwhelmed, 15-20 minutes of conversation with a group of Kindergarten students is just what I need to “get out of my head” and focus on the important things in life:
- A kind note/joke that mom put in the lunchbox.
- A silly story from morning recess.
- Excitement over a new book.
- A friend helping another friend open their yogurt.
- A food item that triggers a warm story about grandma or dad.
Five and six-year-olds want to know how the world works. They have many questions. Their sense of wonder and developing language skills result in fantastic conversation stems. It is a fun escape. You need to try it sometime!