AH120 Writing in the World
The New Technique
Imagine yourself back in high school; you are a student sitting at a desk with this year’s final exam. You have a sharpened pencil, calculator, and a bottle of water; also you have a total of four hours of sleep because you have been up since three in the morning studying all of your precalculus notes. At this point the questions are looking the same, and you have to get an “A” to even pass the class. You are getting on an “edge,” you try to work out the problem however the numbers do not look quite right. You look at the clock and see that you have only ten minutes left to complete the ...view middle of the document...
It basically gives students extra time to sleep during class while the teachers are getting paid to do nothing. It is also taking up the time in which the students should be learning something more constructive such as math or science. However with the next few paragraphs I will be discussing how such “silly things are actually beneficial to any student.
The benefits in which meditation would help in the instructional setting is limitless, however lets focus this spectrum down to three subjects which can be applied in the classroom. The first is health related issues; the scenario I discussed in my opening paragraph caused a very stressful environment for the reader, now just imagine how the student felt. Stress from school can cause so many different types of health problems for students. Just to name a few of the conditions; they range from simple complications such as sleep problems too more severe such as depression. Now every student has had to go without a full eight-hour sleep cycle but it should not be something that is a regular occurrence. It should also never escalate to the stage of depression. These and various other symptoms of stress provide a working environment that is unfriendly to the student both physically and physiologically. However a study was done by the Georgia Institute for Prevention of Human Diseases and Accidents upon what affect meditation had on blood pressure and heart rate. The study showed that with “simple breath meditation lowered blood pressure and heart rate in a group of normotensive youth.” Also it states that this technique that was used to lower both blood pressure and heart rate “is easily learned and practiced at no cost.” This simple form of meditation can be done in someone’s spare time or at the beginning of a school day, which is just what Carmen N’Namdi did in Detroit. Every morning and afternoon “the kids meditate ten minutes,” and the results are staggering. The kids are in better spirits, improving their grades, and are excelling at many levels.
Now David Lynch does not just discuss using meditation only as a tool to shut down doors leading into stress but also using these techniques to open up new creative ideas. Being able to think outside the box is very important to all students. Great students are not the ones who just relearn what has known by others but by learning new things that no one has ever known. This is huge point in which Lynch discusses in his paper saying that if someone who has enough stress “won’t be able to create,” and if the same person has...