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Nutrition and Meditation for Optimum Mental Health
Posted by andrepetr77
13th Feb 2018

LIKE A DUST PARTICLE
I want to be smaller
Like a dust particle
Which moves in the wind
It goes everywhere

Can go
Sit on the head of a king
Or can go
And fall at the feet of someone
And it can go
And sit everywhere

But I want to be a particle of dust
That is fragrant
That is nourishing
That is englightening

Yes. I was as startled and amazed as you are now. A seven year-old wrote this.

 

And an eleven year – old wrote this:


WICKEN FEN
The old wooden gates swinging wide open
leaving room for a path of wood stretching out in front of you.
The heavenly scent of the clean fresh air.
The whistling sound of the grass and the trees
swaying left and right in the breeze.
At night you stare at the wonderful sight.

The path leading over the moist soft grass.
You walk on the bridge over a gently flowing river.
The hill reaching so high, almost touching the sky.
The windmill still stands as you walk the stairs
which have been there for years.

The buzzing of the bees busy in their hive.
All the sounds surround you.
The warm feeling of welcome is quick to arrive.
The sun shining bright on the grass
As green as the leaves in summer.

The way forward getting thinner leaving the feeling that lasts.
The adventure is over.
Feeling warm inside.
Farewell until next time.


I’m not sure what’s sadder – that we all were, more than likely, startled at this – or, that things have become so epidemic in terms of learning disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Mental Health, that the likelihood of a seven or indeed, an eleven year old producing something of this calibre in today’s education climate is virtually unheard of. In schools, as in medicine, we seem to be caught up in a culture of prescription education – as Sir Ken Robinson has attested so many times in his many TED Talks and YouTube videos – students are being force – fed a diet of National Curriculum – laced information, deemed to be what they’ll need upon exiting school. He says it’s creativity that’s lacking. Jamie Oliver, on the other hand, will tell you that it’s an influx of sugar lurking in the everyday foods parents and schools trustingly place in their children’s (I’m sorry, I can’t refer to them as students – it’s so impersonal – henceforth I shall refer to them as what they are – children) mouths. So what’s the answer? More creativity, less sugar? How do we get our kids to the sort of academic level that the two preceding poems illustrate so clearly and eloquently via their respective author’s abilities and talents?

Answer: As far as I, and apparently a few others are concerned, with a balanced prescription of both.

So – what does the trumped – up teacher, TA, tutor and author of this relatively anonymous blog suggest.
Simple. Don’t listen to me. Listen to the experts. The ones with the experience in this area. Parents, teachers, doctors, everyday laymen who have nothing but love for their children and who would, for the most part, do anything to see them succeed in a holistic sense – academically, socially and emotionally.


It is at this point that I will conclude, and continue my next post by talking a little more about meditation in – depth as a tool to be used for optimum mental health and performance (with reference to Sahaja Yoga meditation, as it is the main practice I undertake after having tried such practices as Qi Gong, Reiki, Pranayama and Mindfulness in the past and finding that Sahaja Yoga was the best fit for me), as well as its use in school settings. To this end, I will provide referenced material from two main sources: Silence Your Mind by Dr Ramesh Manocha, a Sydney – based GP and leading researcher into the scientific and medical benefits of Sahaja Yoga meditation, as well as Dr Katya Rubia, a Professor of Neuroscience at King’s College London, from whom I will reference a series of videos entitled The Scientific and Medical Benefits of Sahaja Yoga Meditation. With meditation fast becoming popular again – especially in so far as being a means by which we can keep our children still, quiet and contemplative for a while!

In schools, I feel it of great importance that we visit this topic in more detail.

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