Yesterday we officially signed up for the Houston Art Car Parade. My students created the drawing above and described the car with the following:
“A majestic bucktoothed unicorn with a beautiful rainbow mane and sparkly accents that promote awareness of ASMR. ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is an important stress reliever for many people, helping to relieve sensory overload in people with anxiety as well as generally being calming. The unicorn’s name is Arthur Simmons Myrtle Robinson as a joking meaning of the acronym. Also, as part of the process, we created an ASMR Instagram to promote awareness of the benefits that ASMR brings.”
@artcarasmr on Instagram
I can not express again how proud I am of my art car club students for incorporating ASMR into their car concept. It came about because many of the students have experience with anxiety and ASMR helps them find relief. What an amazing accidental fusion opportunity for Issues Based learning and Mindfulness Education! I can’t wait to see where this car goes from here!
On the note of mindfulness art education exploration, I continue to research this in preparation for my grant submission. I have learned so much about the positive effects of mindfulness education and am so excited to keep learning more. Talking to my friends and family about my research has spurred beautiful conversations about what mindfulness and mindful education means to them. The path to personal peace is so beautiful, and I realize from these conversations that whether realized or not, friends and family are already using mindfulness tactics that they learned on their own or from experience. Most of them agree that they wish they knew these techniques sooner in life and could benefit from more.
Sometimes when I have mentioned mindfulness education, the initial response is not positive. There seems to be a belief among some that mindfulness is only relatable to certain religious groups. Addressing this concern and sharing more about mindfulness usually brings these folks around. It reminds me though to play devil’s advocate, as one does when researching something. What arguments could come up from students that reject it? Will students respond well to mindfulness education or reject it as another requirement? These questions and more will be answered in the blog posts to come!
Please feel free to respond with your thoughts below. Maybe share your experience with mindfulness and education? What is working? What isn’t?