is a way to reduce stress, increase self-control, improve awareness, decrease anxiety, and increase empathy.
Each GATE student's day starts with a mindful moment.
Our students are exposed to basic mindfulness techniques of focused attention, usually concentrating on the in-and-out cycle of breathing, mindfulness monitoring of sights, sounds, thoughts and sensations, without reacting to them and letting them pass through, and compassion and kindness intentions, practicing an internal feeling of benevolence directed towards other people. These techniques affect different brain regions: those controlling attention shifts; those connected to anxiety; and those facilitating empathy or putting oneself in another's place. GATE's mindfulness program is evidence-based and secular.