Mindfulness Practice Resources

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a healthy life practice that costs nothing, requires no special equipment or place or attire, reduces conflict and stress, improves academic learning and decision-making skills, and enhances overall quality of life.

Mindfulness is defined as…

… paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.

… a way of thinking that enhances focus and clarity despite the pressures of a busy day.

CrimFit Mindfulness Training, now being implemented in many Flint Community Schools and other schools across Genesee and Oakland Counties as well as in a growing number of corporate settings, is based on the understanding that social emotional skills such as self-regulation, improved ability to focus, and compassion—in addition to contributing to improved academic achievement in the classroom–also serve as the foundation upon which an individual can grow, thrive, and make healthier choices throughout his/her life.

Physical activity or exercise is sometimes called “moving meditation” because it creates the same types of emotional and chemical changes in our brains that come from practicing mindfulness. It allows individuals to detach their minds from the chaos around all of us. Fitness-promoting activities create the same kinds of physical benefits that come from practicing mindfulness. During exercise, the brain’s alpha and gamma waves increase, which improves mental clarity and lowers elevated cortisol levels. Stress and anxiety cause the hormone cortisol to rise or stay elevated, causing negative health effects over time.

Conscious mindfulness and physical activity both produce more calm and controlled thinking, along with improved creativity and concentration. Slower exercises performed over a longer period of time, such as longer distance walks or runs, require the same type of deep, relaxed breathing that people perform while practicing mindfulness. Studies have shown that deep breathing is also effective in easing anxiety and depression symptoms.

Relative to academic performance, practitioners of mindfulness demonstrate superior performance on tests of self-regulation, resisting distractions and making correct answers more often than non-practitioners.

We strive to make mindfulness easily accessible by emphasizing neuroscience and cutting-edge brain development research, removing any mysticism or cultural or religious overtones. CrimFit Mindfulness program curriculum and teaching is the work of a team of experienced educators and practitioners and draws on best practices and scientific data from the fields of education, neuroscience, and sociology.