As we grow up we tend to pick up beliefs about needing to be a certain way, or do certain things, in order to be loved.
Beliefs: they are not true or false, just beneficial or detrimental.
In speaking with lots of kids, one of the things I've noticed is that once you hear their story, your whole image of them can change in an instant. Even the most disrespectful and difficult teen can tug at your heart strings when you hear what their home life is like.
Another example of this happened while a friend took me with him to see a coworker. We pulled up to his coworker's house, and he and his two kids were on the porch.
Imagine if meditation was a regular part of each morning at school, like saying the pledge of allegiance. Since we now know that meditation reduces stress, increases cortical thickness in our brain, and significantly improves focus and concentration, it seems logical to make it part of every child's daily routine. Numerous studies indicate meditation increases self-awareness, compassion, and introspection, including a recent study from Harvard.
I write about human behavior, meditation, body awareness, and a variety of other things that pique my interest.