"I like mindfulness because it helps people with peacefulness and self-control. Sitting still and quiet, you learn to notice your body, your feelings, and your breathing. When you notice your body, your feelings, and your breathing, you make a space for deciding how you want to behave. I can use mindfulness if I need to relax or calm down -- like if I'm angry or really excited. Before tests or very special events, I will take a few minutes to be quiet and listen to myself. Taking slow deep breaths and closing my eyes can help me control myself. Being calm helps me do better on tests and control my emotions...It's not easy for some people, but the more we practice, the better it gets."
~ Christian, fourth grade, speaking at a fundraising banquet for Mindful Schools