WARREN, NJ -  Studies have shown that mindfulness training may help students combat stress, and, last week, Woodland School tried it outside.

As part of a continuing pilot program at Woodland School, guidance counselor Diane Langworthy took advantage of recent good weather to conduct an outdoor mindfulness session focused on slowing down and taking note of Mother Earth.

“We recently celebrated Earth Day,” Langworthy told a gathering of kindergartners and first graders sitting criss-cross, applesauce on the school’s basketball court. “Let’s close our eyes and take a moment to think about what it means to take care of our earth.” 

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Mindful.org says, "Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us."

Through Langworthy’s efforts this year with K-5 students at Woodland, the Warren Township School District is exploring opportunities to increase mindful practices in each of its five schools. 

Many school districts around the world have mindfulness programs,” she says. “It is also widely used in the business community and in medical settings.”