Early morning in Darndale's Our Lady Immaculate Junior School and Ms Lynch leads senior infants to their meditation room.
Eyes closed, complete calmness and deep breathing. They are meditating.
Benefits of meditation include attaining a mental, physical and emotional balance. It is used to treat depression, stress and anxiety and can lead to higher self-esteem.
Meditation initially "gave teachers the tools" to deal with classroom management issues. The school's principal, Breda Murray, believes meditation helps students "consider and appreciate each other and be conscious they are making choices".
Students use it in the playground during moments of conflict, which now subsides with a call to "stop and take a breath".
Teachers at Darndale Junior School have said students are learning an "anger-management strategy". They learn how to "make the transition from tension to relaxation".
Educate Together, in Kildare town, offers yoga and meditation to its students.
Principal Gerry Breslin said it was introduced as part of the Educate Together 'Learn Together Curriculum', a programme that builds self-awareness through guided meditation.
While the school only opened in 2012, they are already noticing the benefits. Principal Breslin says "it has been very useful in getting kids to make the transition from the playground to the classroom".
It encourages them to "use their imagination and improved their concentration abilities". Performance and behaviour in the classroom improved as young children learned "to be reflective, think inward and work in silence".
Meditation is a key feature at John Scottus School in Dublin, where they believe "it gives peace and simple happiness by dissolving anxiety, cares and anger" as well as teaching "how to give attention and how to concentrate" – a quality much needed by today's school-goers.
Principal Mary Telford, who meditates regularly, felt education "was missing something" so she was attracted to meditation in education. Ms Telford wanted to "arm students with a practice that would sustain them" and give them a "friend there when you are in need". She recalls how it benefited one student who felt he was poor at mathematics. Through meditation, he realised mathematics was not the problem – the problem was his restless mind. Meditation quietened the mind and improved his focus.
Parent Liz Kirby finds meditation helps students "finish one thing, begin another with freshness and give things your full attention". Past pupil Ellen Mullen "found it useful during exam time or whenever I felt nervous".
It seems the phenomenon of meditation is the norm in Irish primary schools. With benefits for teachers, parents and, of course, the most important part of any school – the students.
How better to summarise this phenomenon of meditation and its benefits than through the words of six to eight-year-old children at Darndale's Our Lady Immaculate Junior School: "After meditating I felt so relaxed. When someone cheated in a game, I stayed calm."