“Quiet Time”

Posted by Mrs. W. on Jan 9, 2011

As a teacher, I have practiced mindfulness exercises with students for about 15 years. One of my favourites is “Quiet Time”. In today’s busy world, full of never ending busyness and stimulus, there is very little focus on, or time for stillness or quiet time. And yet, I have found that once introduced to “Quiet Time”, not only do students like it, they ask to do it again and again. Telling them to sit back in their chairs with spine straight, meets with “yeahs”.

The breath is always what is focused on first. Deep breaths in and out….holding then releasing. I then choose any number of visualizations, guided imageries, and or affirmations to focus on…or simply allow silence and stillness. Sometimes combining this time with journal writing or reflective writing is also very  powerful. It helps the students to integrate their own experience and insights.

Here are a few comments I have received from students about “Quiet Time”:

  • During Quiet Time I felt that I love myself and I trust myself. I feel happy and great about myself.
  • I think Quiet Time helps me love me more than I ever do and helps me feel more relaxed.
  • During Quiet Time I felt as if inner peace came out and showed me how to calm down.
  • During quiet Time I feel so great because I don’t do this and I hope we can do this every day when we have you.
  • During quiet Time I thought it was a time to see another part of me that I never saw before.
  • I thought Quiet Time was great for me, relaxing my whole body to who I am in my heart.
  • During Quiet Time I felt free and like I had hope in everything I do.
  • During Quiet Time I felt so relaxed. I have never felt so alive to do whatever I want.
  • I think Quiet Time was a peaceful time to feel and see the other side of your heart.

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It is very humbling to work with students in this way, helping them to experience what it’s like to just ‘be’ still and rest there awhile.

To their magnificence….