reduces stress, increases self-control, improves awareness, decreases anxiety, and increases empathy.
Each GATE student's day starts with a mindful moment.
Our students are exposed to basic meditation/mindfulness techniques of focused attention, usually concentrating on the in-and-out cycle of breathing, open attention, also known as mindfulness (monitoring of sights, sounds, thoughts and sensations, without reacting) and compassion and kindness intentions, practicing an internal feeling of benevolence that is directed both internally and externally towards others. 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.