Why Don’t We Teach Mindfulness in Schools?

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What if you had the power to change your students’ outcomes, improve their ability to regulate behaviors and emotions, and give them a life-long tool that has been proven to be beneficial to their health?  And, what if that could be done in every school, every day, without taking away instructional time or adding additional planning burdens on educators, or costing hundreds of dollars?   And, what if parents, educators and administrators also reaped these same benefits, would you do it?

As we enter a new school year, these are the questions we should be answering, with a resounding “YES”.  The scientific proofs are irrefutable.  Thousands of studies, throughout the world, have shown the benefits to the individual, the institutions and to society.  Mindfulness practice is taught, or researched in the top universities including Yale, Harvard, Stamford and Oxford.  Oxford even offers a master’s degree in mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness practice is not a religion or new age practice

Mindfulness practice is not a religion or new age practice.  Rather, it is a skill that trains people to be able to control their reactions to emotions and stimuli.  It does not negate emotion.  On the contrary mindfulness allows us to feel the emotion and become active, rather than reactive.  It gives us the ability to place a pause and to become reflective instead of reactive.  The skill of learning not to be controlled by our emotions is critical for both physical and emotional health.  It is a skill that is required to succeed in life, not just in school.  In fact, major corporations and business leaders spend thousands of dollars to learn mindfulness for themselves and to train their team members, so they can improve success rates and increase bottom-line results.

Among the results of research on high school aged children in the United States, we have found that nearly half meet the criteria for having a mental health issue.  This includes conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and ADHD.  These conditions often lead to suicide attempts or ideation.  Behavioral issues are the single most cited reason for student drop-out.

Further studies on teaching mindfulness practice in the classroom have shown dramatic increases in the ability of students to regulate their emotions, demonstrate pro-social behaviors and improve academic achievement.  These are important results because they ultimately result in teachers having more instructional time, rather than less.

So, the question that must be answered is “Why Don’t We Teach Mindfulness in Our Schools?”  Why aren’t parents, business leaders, educators demanding the inclusion of mindfulness practice as a required course in the school curriculum?  These questions are confounding when we look at those schools that have incorporated mindfulness practice as part of their curriculum and the results they have achieved.

Mindfulness practice trains us to be “present”

Mindfulness practice trains us to be “present”; that is having an awareness of the moment so that you can connect with it.  It is about focusing your attention on one thing at a time, focusing on a person, a task or an event.  The result of such practice is a greater sense of calm and well-being, better understanding of self and subject, and more productivity.  Imagine the benefits that educators, students and families could reap from the inclusion of mindfulness practice in our schools.

The challenge for school administrators is recognizing the amazing benefits of including mindfulness practice in the classroom.  Most administrators are driven by the cost of implementation or push-back resulting from fears of failure.  These drivers include staff development time, impact on instructional time, result measurement, intractability of Boards of Education and Superintendents.  Another challenge is finding the experts to train staff, as well as finding the materials necessary to successfully design a program.  But, what if the cost of such a program was less than their morning coffee and bagel?  What if, there was a resource that provided a step by step, fun instructional guide for teachers and the research to demonstrate the benefits to Boards of Educations and Superintendents?

These are exactly the challenges that I sought to address when I wrote – “Staying In The Moment – Helping Students Achieve More Through Mindfulness Meditation”.  This ebook gives you a proven path to improve student outcomes and help you once again energize you and your classroom.   Implementing mindfulness practice in your classroom significantly reduces disturbances and behavioral issues, increases student participation, and most importantly empowers you and your students to achieve more than ever thought possible.

The exercises that I give you in “Staying In The Moment – Helping Students Achieve More Through Mindfulness Meditation” are easily adapted to any age group, including faculty and staff.  You owe it to yourself and your students to discover how this ebook gives you the exact steps to improve student outcomes… in a couple of weeks.

The best part is that I have made buying this ebook a No-Brainer!  As I teacher, I know how much of my own money I spend for my students.  So I priced this ebook at a price that guarantees you will buy it.  I want you to be able to download and use these techniques and not break the bank.  I want all of our classrooms to develop students with life-time skills.  In order to do that, I decided this ebook would be in everyone’s reach.  I have made it available for most major ebook readers and the cost is only… $2.99.

Make this year different!  Start right now just use the tab below and purchase your copy of  “Staying In The Moment – Helping Students Achieve More Through Mindfulness Meditation”.    Please share this blog post and information with your colleagues and be sure to drop me a line about your success with the program.

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Hypnosis to Overcome Anxiety, Fear, Sadness, Guilt + More PERMANENTLY

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Has anxiety, fear, shame, guilt or depression taken control of your life? What if I could show you a method that empowers you to take back control and feel great, maybe for the first time? You see, you are not alone.  Many of us experience horrible things at some point in our lives.  This is especially true when we are young and don’t have the tools to process or deal with the experience in a healthy or proper manner.
The result is that emotions and memories get placed into the subconscious mind as programs which constantly feed our emotional responses and information and feelings day to day even into our adult lives.  However, it is remembered as we experienced it and most importantly, at the maturity level or age it was experienced at.  Many times, these experiences are the result of repressed trauma from younger years. As adults, we can experience depression, fear or  anxiety and not know why.  Situations arise and you begin to get this overwhelming feeling, but have no understanding as to why.  You have no conscious awareness of the root cause of the feeling.  All of these feelings – fear, guilt, anxiety, depression, or other feelings of unease are symptoms of repressed memories.
The unrecalled events and traumas, or past emotional experiences resides in our subconscious mind.  Very often, we are unaware of them or may have forgotten them.  Yet, in our daily lives, the feelings that were associated with the experiences or traumas, come to the surface causing us to feel anxious, fearful or depressed.  Many seek traditional treatment and are often prescribed medications or traditional psycho-therapies that rarely, if ever get to the heart of the problem.
As a trained clinical hypnotist, I help my clients unwind the entanglement of emotions that often create negative spiral loops.  Hypnosis is beneficial for several reasons.  First, it allows you the opportunity to return to the trauma or causative event in a safe and controlled setting.  In this setting, you are able to face the experience as an adult.  An adult has the life experiences and emotional tools that the child lacked to process the experience.   Through hypnosis, the subconscious mind can release and rewrite the experience that is the underlying cause of the unease.  A second benefit that clients receive is the feeling of complete relaxation.

Through hypnosis, the mind and body come to a place where they are not fighting each other.  Additionally, I teach my clients how to use mindfulness meditation and self-hypnosis to improve all areas of their lives. This is particularly useful when we realize that the subconscious mind’s dominant thoughts control our behaviors.  If we are labeled depressed, anxious, or fearful, we generally tend to act in that way because it is the belief system of the subconscious.  When that label is replaced with positive feelings and emotions, we adopted through hypnosis and resolution of the traumatic event, our feelings change.  Simply put, emotions control thinking, thinking controls behavior, behavior controls your destiny.

Painful past experiences shape the emotional memory (in the subconscious mind).  When, through hypnosis, you resolve the pain, you are finally able to move forward.  You are no longer carrying that hidden anchor that is holding you back from achieving your fullest potential.

Let’s explore your potential and see how empowered you will become.  Let’s melt away the fear, trauma, stress and negative experiences that you subconsciously focus on and that are keeping you stuck.

Marc Marshall, CH CHMI

Laughter is the Best Medicine!

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“Laughter is the Best Medicine!”

If you are anything at all like me, you have noticed a serious increase in the stress and anxiety that is around you.  Stress from an uncertain economy, a cantankerous election, the invasion of scary clowns, threats of terrorist attacks, and the ever-increasing global unrest, are all having significant impacts on people’s physical, emotional and relationship health.   Just look at number of blogs talking about stress, or the increase in angry Tweets and Facebook posts and the picture is nearly complete.  Teachers, clergy, bloggers and media personalities report an significant increase in the number of people acting out, stress-out and looking for help.

Stress Headache
Stress Headache Controlling You?

Those of us in the hypnosis field have long known that truth behind the adage “That which we focus on, becomes our reality.”   In fact, it is a main theme in my upcoming book – “Perception Equals Reality”.  It takes work to get off the stinking thinking train.  This work includes a commitment to changing one’s focus and ensuring positive actions to reinforce the focus.  Stress is a killer.  It is responsible for overeating, insomnia, heart disease, anxiety and often addictive behaviors.

More and more, I am seeing people in my clinical hypnosis practice who are suffering from debilitating anxiety and fears, problems with relationships, and stress based pain.  My clients are thankful to have the chance to experience the “mind vacation” that hypnosis brings.  They often report a sense of calm and serenity never-before experienced.  The ability to help clients achieve that level of calm and relaxation is incredibly rewarding.  It is this powerful feeling that helps their powerful subconscious minds make the changes necessary to improve their lives.  Each client that I work with is taught mindfulness mediation as part of the session.  I help them to incorporate the practice as part of their daily routine.  It is as important to their health and well-being as brushing their teeth, sleeping, and physical exercise.   Those that commit to adopting the practice report less stress, greater focus and concentration, and an improvement in their work and personal relationships.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool in other ways, as well.  When I tell people that I am hypnotist, their first response is to ask if I’m going to make them bark like a dog?  For most people, their knowledge of hypnosis is from the comedy stage hypnosis shows they have attended at a fair, or Project Graduation, or party.  They associate that experience with a fun time, filled with laughter and great memories.  What they don’t realize is the enormous health benefit they received at that show.  There is more than wisdom behind the saving that “Laughter is the Best Medicine!” 

sexcess1I have found that one of the best ways to relieve the pressure is through laughter. In fact, the Mayo Clinic agrees with me.  Their studies have shown that “A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs.Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response.A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension.Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.”osceolafunnyface2

Isn’t it time for all of us to shed the shackles of the insanity that has gripped us for far too long?  Isn’t time that we committed to focusing on positive outcomes and doing good things for ourselves, families, friends and associates?   Now is the time to laugh until you feel great again.  Now is the time to come together.  See how the Hypnotic Hijinks of Hypnomarc can make that a reality this holiday season.

Hypnomarc is a comedy stage and clinical hypnotist, author and motivational speaker based out of Summit, NJ.  He performs at fairs, festivals, corporate events, post proms and graduations, private events and comedy clubs.  For more information about his services visit his website; www.hypnomarc.com.

Change 7 Things Torturing Millennial Women…

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Change 7  Things Torturing Millennial Women Before it Destroys You!


WOW! The number of millennial and Gen-X women who are calling me to help them deal with relationship issues has really skyrocketed in the past few months.  If you find yourself not enjoying relationships, just hooking up because it is easier than dealing with the challenges, or, you find yourself trapped in toxic relationships, then my hypnosis sessions are for you.  Watch this video and then download my free report to learn more.

Change 7 Things Torturing Millenial Women – by Marc Marshall, CH CHMI

Special Report – Change 7 Things Torturing Millennial Women Before it Destroys You

Stress Kills Relationships

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Stress Kills Relationships

I just finished a recent appearance on Refinery29’s Sexcess.   The following night, I attended a Manhattan by Sail cruise held by an event planning group.  While many were fascinated by the fact that I am a Hypnotist, I received the same questions from the R29 audience and staff, and many on the cruise; “Can hypnosis can help me have a better, more intimate, relationship with my partner?”

Before I answer this question, let me point out an observation that I have made as it relates to young professionals that I encounter in my practice and while performing.  Many of those I meet, tell me of their focus on career, the stress it brings and the long hours they spend, both in and out of the workplace.  We frequently find perks in the millennial workplace that includes open workspaces, flex hours, health clubs, cafeterias where you can get any type of food, massages, yoga, you name it is there.   These great perks tend to keep us in or connected to our work environments for longer periods.   Then add the online video conferencing from home, tablets and mobile devices, and we find there is little to no personal time to focus and develop our relationships.

The pace of the modern workplace is frenetic.  It sucks up mental, physical and emotional energies.  The people that I spoke to about their relationship issues, to a person, shared the same thing.  When they are with their partner they are often distracted. They are thinking about what they could have done, should have done, need to do, going to do, want to do – BUT not about what they are doing!  As a result, they are going through the motions of a relationship and not enjoying it.

So, how can hypnosis help you to have a better, more intimate relationship with your partner?  The first thing that I do with every client that comes to see me, regardless of the issue, is to teach them mindfulness meditation; how to stay in the present.   Most people are focusing on the past or future.  Those than focus on the past tend to be more depressed.  We can never change the past, just like we cannot un-ring a bell.  Similarly, those that tend to focus on the future are projecting and speculating on events that may never come to pass.   The result for those is anxiety and a waste of energy.  Many fear outcomes that never come to pass.

Second, through hypnosis, I help clients re-write the subconscious, emotional scripts, that we tend to play over and over.  I empower clients to get beyond past, less than positive, experiences.  Whether that experience is a trauma, issues with their family of origin, or looping in destructive relationships,  I help them learn to feel positive, focused and energized about themselves.

Give me a call to find out how you can move forward and have more intimacy, better relationships, and feel more positive.  The call is free and it will change your life.   Want to see the entire R29 show – Click this link.  https://www.facebook.com/refinery29/videos/10154491448302922/