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What would life be like if everyone had a positive mindset? What would our world be like if parents could send their children into school not worrying about whether they are going to be okay, is a shooting going to happen? These are the questions people think about day-to-day. My platform, the Choose Love Movement, can help answer these questions.
On December 14th, 2012, an angry shooter went to Sandy Hook Elementary School and took the lives of 26 innocent children and teachers. One of these children was Jesse Lewis. Jesse would be my age today, 14 years old and entering 9th Grade. Scarlett Lewis, Jesse’s Mom, was absolutely devastated by the loss of her son and by the senseless violence. In her heartbreak she searched for a way to keep her son's memory alive. A few days after this tragedy Scarlett came home to see a chalkboard with three words that Jesse had written: “Nurturing, healing, love.” Just three small words on that chalkboard spoke to Scarlett saying “I need to keep my son's life going on even if he is no longer with me.”
To honor her son, Scarlett Lewis founded the Choose Love Movement which includes a curriculum that Scarlett teaches throughout the country and the world.The young man who went to the school on December 14th was angry, lonely, and did not have a positive mindset. Choose Love includes mindfulness. According to researchers, mindfulness is “The psychological process of purposely bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one develops through the practice of meditation and through other training.” Research shows that five to ten minutes a day of mindfulness can have an amazing impact on one’s life. Children as young as four are learning about mindfulness, something that's going to help them so much in life. With the power of the “Ripple Effect” the world can Choose Love.
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