Focus Ten – InspireIgnite’s Mindfulness Exercise
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation. Our Focus Ten mindfulness technique is adapted to meet the identified needs of the attendees we are working with, making it age/ability appropriate.
By starting each session with Focus Ten attendees are in a relaxed state of alertness with their minds focused on action and fixed on the session.
Mindfulness is about being constantly aware of your body, mind and surroundings without stressing yourself.
By practising and understanding how to control emotions and behaviour, people can choose to live life intentionally, acting with purpose to a goal, rather than mindlessly falling victim to whatever comes their way. It is about observation without criticism.
The benefits of Focus Ten include:
- Thousands of peer-reviewed scientific papers prove that mindfulness enhances mental and physical well being.
- Improves working memory, creativity, attention span and reaction speeds. It also enhances mental and physical stamina and resilience.
- Improves emotional intelligence.
- Enhances brain function. It increases grey matter in areas associated with self-awareness, empathy, self-control and attention.
- It soothes the parts of the brain that produce stress hormones and builds those areas that lift mood and promote learning.
- It helps connect thoughts with feelings and have a clearer understanding of how we manage our emotions over time, mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and well-being. We teach students the skills and knowledge to continue the mindfulness technique.
Gradually, mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and well-being. We teach students the skills and knowledge to continue the mindfulness technique.
Inspire Ignite recently delivered a series of workshops to our year 9 pupils to help them develop their employability skills.
"The sessions focus on self-awareness, planning, organising, and problem-solving. Pupils were supported to prepare for the successes and failures they will face; discovering how to focus on the positives along the way. Pupils gave feedback on their experiences and gave comments such as: "I think I will benefit a lot from learning how to control my anxiety and I won’t get anxious about my exams"
"I learnt how to act in an interview, which will be very useful in later life" and "I will go into an interview or exam with a clear mind, having meditated, and I will be confident."
"Inspire Ignite have been great to work with. They are happy to take on board the feedback from staff and pupils and adjust their delivery accordingly. You feel that you are all a part of a learning process. Our students seemed to really grasp the concept of mindfulness!" Erica Hood. Kelvin Hall Secondary School, Hull