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DailyOM - Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron

DailyOM - Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

This 6 week course with internationally renowned spiritual teacher, Pema Chodron, presents the essential teachings on a life of fearlessness, aliveness, and true spiritual awakening. The teachings on "Getting Unstuck" offer a direct path to a life of true joy, love, and happiness, and represent a powerful approach to life as revealed by the ancient meditative tradition of Tibet. 

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I've listened to hours of Pema Chodron's teaching. This course will give you everything you give to it. 

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Jaie Hart's curator insight, May 19, 2015 11:27 PM

Love Pema Chodron...

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The bamboo homes of Bali

CBS Sunday Morning: Published on May 18, 2014

On the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia, there are homes tucked into the jungle that look like something out of a fairytale. They're designed to have soaring roof lines, few walls or windows - and nearly everything is fashioned from bamboo. Seth Doane reports.

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These beautiful homes are sustainable works of art found on the Island of Bali.  


This expression is rooted in the Green School, a private school built mostly from bamboo.  It's bright bit of hope from Bali for the 300 students who learn there. 

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Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks

Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and
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Room to Breathe

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Room To Breathe is a surprising story of transformation as struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation.


"Room to Breathe", a documentary film about how mindfulness transformed a challenging San Francisco public middle school classroom, airs on over 58% of households across the United States on PBS's World Channel on Wed, Oct. 30 at 7 pm ET, with encores on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.

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Our Courses - Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents

Our Courses - Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Courses for learning mindfulness and teaching it to children
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As a classroom teacher I worked at creating a mindful learning environment, especially around my writing workshop.  IF I'd known more about the mindful classroom, I would have been a better teacher.


Now I have a chance to improve! 

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Alan Watts - Still the Mind

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Still the Mind - An Introduction to Meditation by Alan Watts

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Learning to BREATHE: A pilot trial of a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents.

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Learning to Breathe | NewHarbinger.com

Learning to Breathe | NewHarbinger.com | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention, and Performance
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What better way to create a foundation for learning and living than practicing mindfulness with our students?

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Mindful Schools Project

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Research on the benefits of mindfulness for administrators, teachers, and children in schools and other academic environments...
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Hawn Foundation Video with Dr. Dan Siegel

"Founded in 2003 by award winning actress, director and producer Goldie Hawn, The Hawn Foundation is dedicated to supporting children by advancing mindfulnes...
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▶ Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference - YouTube

Mindfulness — paying attention to the here and now to reflect instead of reacting to people and circumstances around you.
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Amy Saltzman and Stephen Hickman discuss mindfulness programs for children and teens.  There is fine work going on in the San Diego area.


Teaching children to be aware, attentive, and present is something all teachers can appreciate.

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Video Resources for Music Advocacy

Video Resources for Music Advocacy | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Videos showing the importance of teaching music in schools.

Via Kevin Merkley, John Popke
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Water in the desert...

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Pamina's curator insight, January 19, 2013 11:38 AM

Vídeos que expliquen la importància de la música en l'educació

Lauren Mastrogiacomo's comment, March 20, 2013 9:44 AM
these are videos of different perspectives about music
Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:40 AM

I post this here because designing in music into schools is essential. 

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The Power of Mindfulness | Child Mind Institute

The Power of Mindfulness | Child Mind Institute | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Mindfulness: How a meditation practice can help kids with ADHD, anxiety, autism and depression become less anxious, more focused, and more in charge of their own behavior
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Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at Harvard on the power of mindfulness in education | Harvard Magazine

Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at Harvard on the power of mindfulness in education | Harvard Magazine | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

IN THE EARLY 1990s, scientist, writer, and world-renowned mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinnencountered Cherry Hamrick, a teacher in the small town of South Jordan, Utah, who wanted to bring mindfulness—the act of paying attention on purpose in the present moment—into her elementary school. Worried about how a largely Mormon community might react to such practices, Kabat-Zinn told the young teacher not to do it.

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Healthy Habits of Mind - Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents

Healthy Habits of Mind - Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Film Summary

Mette Bahnsen, a filmmaker in Denmark, has made a beautifully produced film about integrating mindfulness into education called “Healthy Habits of Mind”, which features:

  • NEUROSCIENCE: leading neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson explains the science behind mindfulness and how it can increase happiness and well-being in youth.

  • IN-CLASS INSTRUCTION: see kindergarten teacher Renee Harris (a Mindful SchoolsCurriculum Training graduate) teaching mindful breathing, listening, eating, movement, and heartfulness in her Berkeley, California public school classroom.

  • TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS: the film peeks into a Mindful Schools Curriculum Training course taught by Program Directors Megan Cowan and Chris McKenna.

  • THE VALUE OF MINDFULNESS IN EDUCATION: interviews with Megan Cowan, Renee Harris, and Dr. Richard Davidson explain why mindfulness belongs in schools.

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Schools should be mindful places.  In my experience they rarely are.  What can a teacher do? Create a mindful classroom! 

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Olivia Salas 's curator insight, October 20, 2013 9:30 PM

todo lo que sea mejorar las condiciones para el aprendisaje presta gran utilidad

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Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness-based Contemplative Practices in Education - What Meditation Really Is

Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness-based Contemplative Practices in Education - What Meditation Really Is | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

A Meditation from the Field from Linda Lantieri and Madhavi Nambiar

Mr. Gray, an educator in his second year of teaching in New York City wrote out his resignation letter and left it on his desk. As a final measure, he chose to attend a Renewal and Restoration Retreat for Educators provided by The Inner Resilience Program – a nonprofit organization started right after September 11, 2001 to help teachers in Lower Manhattan begin to heal and recover from the tragic events of that day. He felt he had nothing to lose. “I was so tired of trying to balance the pressures I was feeling, I wanted to quit. After the retreat I went home and ripped up the resignation letter sitting on my desk. I found that place in me that knows why I wanted to be a teacher in the first place.”

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Learning to BREATHE | A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents

Learning to BREATHE | A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Learning to BREATHE is a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents designed for classroom or other settings. The program is tailored to the needs of adolescents in order to help them manage stress, strengthen emotion regulation and attention, and improve well-being. The complete Learning to BREATHE curriculum, including 6 and 18 session versions and free, downloadable supplementary materials, is available from New Harbinger Publications.

If you are interested in on-site training, please contact Trish Broderick at pcb13@psu.edu.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 5, 2013 7:39 PM

I am currently reviewing Dr. Boderick's book.  I've decided to curate articles and research references I find in this most interesting publication.  I've only begun and I'm already intrigued. 

Kati Sarvela's curator insight, March 12, 2014 4:53 AM

Learning to breath... sounds simple. But still difficult.

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Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹

Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹ | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. In addition, CCARE provides a compassion cultivation program and teacher training as well as educational public events and programs.

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Stanford's center has deep resources! 

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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:12 PM

As mentioned by Dennis O'Connor: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education is a center for deep resources.

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Encinitas Classroom Yoga Conflict: A Precursor to Litigation?

Encinitas Classroom Yoga Conflict: A Precursor to Litigation? | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Every parent at Tuesday's Encinitas school board meeting — those who want to maintain a grant-funded yoga program and those who want it removed from their schools — showed up for one reason: They want what’s best for their children.

Via Mike Eis
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No good idea goes unpunished.  A small group of reactionary parents sees teaching yoga and stress reduction to children as an insidious plot to indoctrinate kids into eastern religion. 

 

2016 Update: The program is growing.  The case is still in litigation.  I'm still breathing! 

 

Ah.  Just breathe.  

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