MINDfulness: Hope for Healing

FLINT (WJRT) - (11/07/16) - The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger and the other for opportunity.

"In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity." - John F. Kennedy

The water crisis has created a cloud of fear and uncertainty in Flint for residents and children. There is a level of stress for everyone involved. Parents are afraid of what the future may bring for their children. Children have heard they were "poisoned" and have learned to avoid drinking fountains and tap water. We are all aware of the danger of the lead and the need to do everything possible to lessen lead's impact on our children.

The Crim also recognizes this as an opportunity to expand a program that is improving grades, behavior and happiness in classrooms. It is decreasing bullying and aggression, increasing compassion and empathy for others and helping students resolve conflict.

It's called mindfulness. Simply pausing to be aware of your thoughts, physical sensations, and surroundings. It doesn't cost anything...and can be done anywhere...anytime... Now, new research shows it's also doing something nothing else has -- actually making a difference in the brains of those exposed to lead.

How MINDfulness is providing hope and healing to a community in crisis.

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