What is a more mindful & holistic approach to learning?

Mindful Learning 

“Mindfulness – An Ancient Eastern practice, redesigned for busy Western society and backed by modern day science.” 

Mindfulness is about being fully present in the here and now, with an increased non-judgemental awareness of yourself and others in the world around you. Mindfulness training has been scientifically proven to change the wiring and physical structures of the brain. Individuals who have practiced mindfulness for at least 10 minutes per day for 8 weeks tend to have higher levels of emotional intelligence, cognitive functioning, and focus. Other benefits include reduced levels of stress, anxiety, and having better relationships. When you’re more mindful then you’re more open to new ideas, better able to focus and pay attention, have greater emotional regulation and have an increase in creativity. The ability to adapt to different perspectives means that an individual will be less judgemental.

The effectiveness of mindfulness has been scientifically proven in a number of studies. These have shown how mindfulness training can increase cognitive functioning and working memory This is essential for helping you to make good decisions and become a better learner. It helps people to respond more, react less and develop a growth mindset. Since the 1970s mindfulness has been successfully taught in schools, colleges, corporate organizations, prisons and used in the armed services. In the UK even the politicians have had training in mindfulness! Anybody can practice mindfulness and the exercises can be applied to anything. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends mindfulness and meditation as a treatment for effective pain management and to help certain mental health conditions. It’s equally life-enhancing for those just living busy, stressful lives or for people who want to amplify their brains ready for learning new skills, such as languages.

Mindfulness Meditation
Photography by Natalia Michalska

Holistic Learning 

“The Holistic approach encompass an independent learner or student as a whole. For learning extends well beyond that of academic achievement. Social collobration, enviromental factors, mindset, physical and emotional wellbeing all play a part too…”

Holism in learning is based on the ideology that a student in any field of study cannot be determined by certain parts alone, such as their level of intelligence. Instead, the complexity of the whole student should be taken into consideration. As the whole student determines how the individual parts behave. For example, health, diet, mood, and sleep can all impact upon intelligence levels.  Therefore holistic learning is a person-centered approach to education that includes focusing on diet, exercise, soft skills, sleep hygiene, biology, mindset, environmental factors and social collaboration. All of these are just as important to learning as the study materials being used.

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A more mindful and holistic approach to learning

“In Japenese, the word Kokoro (こころ) has many meanings but can be translated as heart, body or soul”. 

By combining a more mindful and holistic approach, Language Learners Journal Ltd aims to connect the mind, body, heart, and breath through scientifically backed practices, tools, and techniques to enable students to become more efficient learners and be the best possible version of themselves.

To learn how you can apply simple mindfulness practices or a holistic approach to your learning check out our courses or coaching services that we offer.