SMART LIVING PROGRAM – 3 Paths 4 Steps
For the last thirty years, Dr. Gaspar García, M.D. has dedicated much time and effort teaching people how to breathe and eat correctly, relax, strengthen and calm their minds, and emotions, do regular and adequate exercise and use human values as a guiding light in their lives.
Due to the multiple health benefits that he has experienced personally, as well as the benefits he has seen in other people, he has been inspired to bring this knowledge in a simple and clear form into mainstream society so that more people may be helped. The natural evolution of this process led him to focus his attention on teaching children and schoolteachers.
This is due partially to his years of work at the Buchinger Clinic treating highly stressed businessmen and women.
Dr. García has seen the extremely damaging effects of stress and poor living habits of average individuals in our present day society. Many of these effects could have been avoided had the individuals been taught simple, scientifically based, skills and habits in their early formative years. And thus is born “The Smart Living Program” for children.
It is a practical and simple, yet profound program of preventive medicine for schools that is taught to school teachers and they in turn teach their students.
The project provides instruction in:
- Correct breathing and eating habits
- Relaxation techniques
- The importance of exercice
- Correct body posture
- Control and harmony of thoughts and emotions
- And the guiding light of good human values
Each of these provide the essence of health and wellbeing. The projectpresented brings this knowledge to teachers, children and parents through seminars, books, videos, games and toys. The information is transmitted to teachers through stress management seminars and tips on how to teach these skills to the children. Other ways the children receive the information is through educational toys and games and engaging parents support through the APA (Asociación de Padres de Alumnos) Association of Parents of Students.
The benefits will be multiple: A healthier and more peaceful society, a less stressed community of teachers, better quality of education, closer family ties and billions of dollars saved in national health care.
OBJETIVES PURSUED BY THE SMART LIVING PROGRAM
1. To build a healthy, strong, agile body and to achieve a balanced mind and emotional development.
2. To develop and enable different mental and psychological abilities such as: concentrating power, creativity, memory, coordination, balance, flexibility and relaxation.
3. Discovery of the children’s selves as whole persons formed by: body, mind and feelings, by means of experiencing his/her body and all the positive and gratifying sensations and through several different visualization, concentration, and relaxation practices. The discovery of a harmonious self. The discovery of the value of BEING versus HAVING.
4. Full command of these techniques as a tool that will be useful throughout his/her life, learning to apply them in different situations in the personal, school, family and social spheres.
5. Implementation of healthy living habits.
6. From the experience of inner unity, opening to the group, to Nature and to the whole World, thus establishing more positive and balanced relationships.
7. Enabling human values, stemming from a tru4e understanding of the natural laws that govern life and human relations. The strengthening of the family.
8. The real final objective is becoming a Happy Individual.
SMART LIVING PROGRAM CONTENTS
The SMART LIVING PROGRAM a series of practical contents: breathing, relaxation, and visualization techniques, physical exercise, observation of Nature, constructive dialogues, etc., through which children are able to improve their health, as well as to actively and progressively experience concepts that enable their learning abilities.
CONCEPTUAL: The basic principles of good health, understanding natural laws, the power of thought, concentration, energy, and the law of cause and effect. All these principles are adapted to the age and understanding abilities of children.
REGARDING ATTITUDE: The practice of the different techniques leads to a change in the self evaluation made by children, developing self-esteem and trust in their own abilities, which strengthens their will power, positively changing their behavior, as well as the behavior of the working group, by creating a harmonious and relaxed ambient, both in the class and within their families and environment.
Children will develop a whole set of human values, such as peace, joy, love, integrity, truth, and equality, which is the main goal of this program.
Along the whole program, there is physical exercise as well as the different teachings that we want to convey to children. There is participation of bodily matters, sometimes as an end in itself, to enable well-being and a rediscovery of their own body, and some other times as a means to achieve states of awareness that are more receptive to the knowledge that we want to convey. This learning is active.
Although most are individual techniques, some of them take place in a group or between two children, to favor their relations with their peers and develop specific abilities.
The environment in which these teachings take place is of the outmost importance: A joyful and fun environment, which at the same time is serious and disciplined, allowing the use of imagination and creativity; children live adventures, discover methods that allow them to achieve “great feats” and develop “superpowers”, for which tales, stories, mythology and other means are used. The children’s learning interest is awakened through a real approach to their world and their deepest desires.
The duration of the whole program is equivalent to that of two school periods. Anyway, these courses may take a longer or shorter time, and some special aspects may be emphasized in agreement with their needs or objectives.
The courses are structured in different blocks:
Level I: “NUTRITION”
Level II: “ADEQUATE BREATHING“
Level III: “REGULAR AND ADEQUATE EXERCISE, BODY POSTURE“
Level IV: “THE MIND AND CONCENTRATION“
Level V: “RELAXATION“
Level VI: “HUMAN VALUES“
Level VII: “TAKING CARE OF, LEARNING AND BEING IN HARMONY WITH NATURE“
Level VIII: “STRESS MANAGEMENT“
Level IX: “TAKING THE SMART LIVING PROGRAM TO THEIR EVERYDAY LIFE“
Although in every stage one of these specific topics is developed, both at a procedural and at a conceptual level, due to their interrelation, concepts of the other levels are soon used.
For example, to make children relax and get rid of muscular tension, they have to breath slowly, see how their mind and thoughts achieve serenity, and discover the value of peace, as well as internal and external harmony (with Nature, society, etc.).
THE ROLE OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS
In order to be able to convey these teachings, they must first practice them and integrate them into their everyday lives.
Children do not learn only from what they hear, but from everything they receive through all of their senses, their intuition and their emotion.Therefore, teachers have to know how to convey their teachings.
They must be expressive (with gestures), use adequate language; be calm, sweet and slow at times, to induce relaxation, and then energetic and joyful to convey vitality, or mysterious to create an atmosphere of suspense.They have to motivate children and capture their attention in different ways.They will teach the practice of several different techniques and the values to be learned. They will propose different goals to be achieved according to the level of evolution of each child.
Teachers have to realize the importance of their task for society. Teachers have to teach with love and excitement. They must be aware of the fact that they are forming new generations and contributing to life in a world of peace, freedom and respect.
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