(bell ringing) Judy: I’ve been meditating for over 2 years. I was excited to meet kids who meditated. I was excited to meet kids who felt it was an important part of their day. Voiceover: All right boys and girls, let’s go ahead and sit up, nice and tall. Let’s find our pulse, let’s close our eyes. Judy: I’ve always been fascinated with the David Lynch foundations quiet time program. That they would be able to teach an entire school to meditate. To me, it seemed like a very unlikely story. (bells) Why meditate, why teach Junior High School students to meditate? They were teaching these kids how to do homework, and how to get good grades, and about English, and Math, and Science. They also felt it was necessary to help them deal with anxiety, and stress, and fear, and the future. Man: You look sharp, Mr Douglas. Mr Douglas: Thank you Man: All right guys. Judy: Out of all the schools in the Los Angeles area that the David Lynch foundation has taught to meditate, I chose [Aspiriline] because of the principal, Ms Garcia.
Jennifer: Good Morning, Mr [Selzer]. Looking dapper as usual. Judy: She feels personally responsible for each and every child in her school. Jennifer: We believe here, that everybody gets treated differently, because that’s what’s fair. It’s not a cookie cutter mold. Every child gets something different here, because that’s what’s the right thing to do for kids. Judy: Ms Garcia’s setting these kids up for success. Not by adding in and extra hour or school everyday, or an extra class into the curriculum, but to add in meditation. I heard about the TM technique in schools. It’s suppose to be really great for kids, and helps them reduce their stress. I was like, sounds great, find out more about it. Hagan: Transcendental Meditation is an easy, simple, effortless technique. It takes practice, 20 minutes, twice a day.
Lynn: With Transcendental Meditation, it’s just a very simple, natural, mental technique, that releases stress in the mind, body, and emotions. Girl: There were these days before that I had anxiety, and had to worry about whether I would get it during Biology or Algebra. After TM, I felt my worries going away, along with anxiety. When I meditate, it takes out all the tension inside of you and it’s really calming. Judy: What did you think meditation was? Student: I was very confused, because I didn’t understand, I thought they go in the criss cross and yeah… Judy: And burn incense. Student: Yeah Judy: And stand in front of a statue. Student: (laughs) yeah Student in sweater: I could compare it to a nap. Student in white socks: I would say that it’s calm. Boy in blue vest: It can help you relieve stress. Boy in maroon sweater: It was relaxing and easy. Dark haired girl: It comes to you and it (breathes out), so that’s pretty cool.
Girl in blue sweater: First, we start sitting up straight and we close our eyes, then we start to think our mantra. To imagine that we’re a submarine, and we’re trying to get deep into thought, so we can relax. Judy: When I started, the first thing that other people noticed about me, was that my skin was really glowing.
Has anyone said anything to you guys since you started meditating, about your skin. Victor: Yeah Judy: Really? Victor: Not about skin, but mood. Judy: Your mood? Victor: Yeah, I’m calmer and I’m not in a bad mood. Victor’s mom: Victor, before starting meditation… He would lock himself in his room for too long. He wouldn’t really talk to us. He would get frustrated very easily, for not being able to say what he was feeling. Boy: They say that I used to get angry, fast, but not anymore, I will think about it twice, instead of just one time, in there. Girl with long hairl: I saw a difference in my grades, I would have C’s, and a D, and then I raised that D to a B and the C to an A. Boy in Maroon sweater: I like going Biology, I like going there, I went up to a B.
Victor: Every child who has some troubles, or is feeling down should try this. Victor’s mom: He was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old. Once meditation began, he started to get along with us. I see him more peaceful, more relaxed. I have seen a lot of changes in him since he started meditating. Judy: Is your overall goal to have the whole school meditating? Ms Garcia: Ultimately, what I’d like, is every child to have an opportunity to meditate. (bell rings) Judy: Everybody here really cares deeply about the kids that walk through these doors everyday and that’s why it works. Girl: This experience for me has been life changing. I don’t have to live with anxiety anymore. I know how to control it now, and it’s more calm now, with TM. Boy in blue vest: My family says I look more relaxed. I also try meditating if I can’t sleep, and it actually kind of helps too. Girl with glasses: I felt, wow, maybe it can help me, my new life right now. Judy: The idea of bringing meditation in, and being able to see how beneficial that would be, because you can’t be next to every kid all the time, but you’ve given them this tool.
Ms Garcia: This tool, to have as a life tool. Judy: It’s gonna be another thing they have in their backpack. I think [Aspiriline] is a significant place, because of Ms Garcia, and because of the quiet time program. I was really excited to see the change in the kids. It’s a real success story. I wish I would of learned to meditate at their age..
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