Improving School Culture and Climate Through Meditation: "Quiet Time" Program

Quiet Time involves the introduction of two restful 20-minute periods into the school day in which students have the opportunity to experience a peaceful break in their lives, providing a counterbalance to the hyper-stimulating tension of urban culture. The key component of Quiet Time is an evidenced-based stress reduction and cognitive development technique known as Transcendental Meditation® (TM). If students choose not to meditate, they are free to select another quiet activity, such as sustained silent reading or quiet sitting.
 
Gage Park High School continues to practice and implement the the "Quiet Time" program school wide and are seeing some dramatic results in those students that have embraced meditation. 
 
The following pictures are from our students and staff practicing meditation.