Through her book, through the work of The Hawn Foundation that she founded and through recent TV appearances like the one last week on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Ms. Hawn is sending a clear message to America: it’s time to be mindful.
The Hawn Foundation’s signature educational initiative, MindUP™, is an evidence-based, social and emotional learning program that exposes fourth to eighth graders to the Buddhist technique of mindfulness training, in hopes of reducing their stress levels, making them more self-aware and creating more optimism.
In this video, Hawn describes the program’s four-part curriculum that teaches students to 1) learn about their brains, 2) learn how to quiet their minds, 3) learn to be mindful of the senses to improve focus and 4) learn to consider their place in the world with a sense of gratitude.
In a time when all of us, children and adults alike, are being inundated with data and information like never before, practicing mindfulness is becoming more and more important for our personal survival and success.
When was the last time you stopped to take the time to quiet your mind? Do you have a special place where you can reconnect with your authentic self, get back in tune with your passions and think creatively about how you can more positively impact your world?
For you men out there, maybe your place for mindfulness is a man-cave. For you ladies, I’d suggest a SheCave.
Most importantly, don’t wait to reduce your stress. As Ms. Hawn might advise: don’t miss those golden opportunities.