Implementing meditation periods during school: The Quiet Time program

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The Quiet Time program, developed by the David Lynch Foundation, aims to reduce student stress, enhance student wellness, and improve academic performance through the implementation of a daily, school-based meditation practice. In addition to having two 15-minute periods of Transcendental Meditation each day, the program also provides information and strategies for understanding and improving the physiological underpinnings of learning and behavior.

The Quiet Time Program’s key feature is Transcendental Meditation, an easily-learned technique practiced by students and teachers together while sitting with eyes closed. Transcendental Meditation lessons are offered to both students and faculty within this program.

Research on schools that have implemented Quiet Time (in California, USA) have found increased academic performance, reduced student distress and violent conflict, and decreased teacher stress and burnout.