Evidence That It Works
Research suggests we can reduce age and race biases by building moment-to-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and surroundings through mindfulness and contemplative practices.
In fact, a study of both college students and adults representing different religions and ethnicities found that mindfulness can also help us navigate our anxiety about people who appear different from us, which may also lessen the negative attitudes that could be sparked by that anxiety.
Why Does It Matter?
Every human being has the need to feel seen and heard, and sometimes all it takes is a simple acknowledgement of another’s presence to fulfill this need. Cultivating this feeling of being seen is critical to fostering a sense of belonging and connection among students and staff, which in turn builds a positive school climate.
In addition, mindfulness can make us more cognizant of the mental shortcuts we take when judging or ignoring others. It can also help us to be more deliberate about the intentions we’re setting when we start a class, participate in small group work, or engage in an important conversation with a peer.