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A Baltimore public elementary school has replaced detention with a purple-pillowed meditation room. Do you think that would work here in Cleveland city schools?

Imagine that when your child messes up in school they don’t go to the board and have to write the same sentence over and over agains or do busy work as their punishment (like I had to do growing up). Instead they are sent to a place and given an opportunity to focus, clear their mind and better themselves.

Well, for students at Baltimore’s Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, it’s a reality.

Misbehaving children are sent to a purple-pillowed space called The Mindful Meditation Room, which allows them to calm down and recenter through breathing exercises and mediation before reentering the classroom. The room was created in partnership with Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. which is a non-profit organization “committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities.”

Not only do children with disciplinary problems make use of the space, the meditation is a comforting treatment for those suffering from anxiety, headaches, stomach problems, and stress.The twenty-minute sessions taught by mindfulness instructors have already made an impact in the school. Since its induction into Robert W. Coleman, not one suspension has been issued.

Many of today’s successful people; Oprah, Russell Simmons, Jamie Foxx, and more all confess to the power of meditation in helping them achieve their dreams so why not try it for youth?


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