7 Ways to Create a Conscious and Connected Classroom

So many books.
So many “trends.”
Never enough time to try them all. 

Not to worry. I’ve done (some) of the work for you. Over the last six months, I’ve scored the pages, podcasts, websites and youtube channels of some of today’s most inspirational, self-improvement gurus. The result is this: 7 hand-picked tips to create a more conscious and connected environment. So, parents, teachers and educators, are you ready?

1. Have a Transcendence Practice

Purpose: To help children get good at life.
Taken from The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani

Breath work.  
Altered states of consciousness. 

Have at least one go-to practice and stick with it. 

2. Use the Emotional Scale

Purpose: To raise emotional awareness and self-regulation skills.
Taken from Ask and It is Given by Abraham Hicks

Make emotional consciousness a priority with the emotional scale. 

Print it out and pin it up. 
Identify your set point.
Discuss ways to raise or maintain your happiness.
(Hicks' book has whole chapters of school-friendly ideas! I love "Wouldn't it be nice if...? A great way to start any day.)

3. Ask Questions That Make the Soul Sing

Purpose: To cultivate an environment where purpose, service and contribution come before careers, salaries and status.  
Taken from Tony Robbins' TED Talk, "Why we do what we do."

An overwhelming number of people leave school and enter a profession or vocation that they have little or no passion for. This either leads to unhappiness or the limiting belief that “we don’t have to be happy at work.” Stop this in its tracks by openly talking with children about what makes their souls sing. 

Ask questions like:
- Who do you want to be?
- What contribution could you make?
- How can you serve others?
- What experience do you want to have?

4. Build an Attitude of Gratitude

Purpose: To ground us all in the present.
Taken from Expanding your Attitude of Gratitude with Jay Shetty

Not only does gratitude keep us grounded in the present and happy in the now, having an attitude of gratitude actually opens the door to more positive experiences. (Pause here and check out its place on the emotional scale!) 

5. Beware of Limiting/Disempowering Beliefs

Purpose: To be conscious of our impact and influence over children.
Taken from I am Enough by Marissa Peer

Limiting beliefs are dangerous because of where they live. They dwell deep in the subconscious mind, and are often so deeply rooted that we either don’t know they’re there and we don’t know where they came from. Yet, they can prevent us from healing, from taking risks and from reaching our true potential. As educators, we must be super conscious of the lessons we’re teaching. 

6. Talk Vulnerability

Purpose: To help children to foster genuine relationships with themselves and others.
Taken from Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Encourage children to have uncomfortable conversations, to speak their minds, to challenge things they don't agree with. Empower them to take risks, step outside of their comfort zones and be their authentic selves. The Arena awaits- an arena where only the brave are vulnerable. 

7. Model Forgiveness

Purpose: To release the grips of the past and move into the present.
Taken from The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani

And of course, I saved the best (and the most powerful) for last. Forgiveness.

Anger and resentment are harmful, (pause here and check out their place on the emotional scale) and the older we get, the harder it is to break habits of holding onto grudges. Show children early on that forgiveness is freeing and opens us up to true happiness and connection.


Giving this a go in your classroom or home?

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