At one time or another, we’ve all experienced rushing mindlessly through our daily routines, missing how there are many opportunities to turn routine activities into moments for mindfulness, (How To Practice Mindfulness (No Matter How Busy You Are)...
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Two broad categories of results can sum up most people’s purposes for meditating. The first is to fully experience the present moment and to encounter thoughts and bodily sensations without judgment. The second is to enter a place of calmness away from the reactivity that can overwhelm us.
One meditator sails into the maelstrom, the other seeks a temporary shelter from the storm. The most interesting thing is that each result comes from the same basic techniques. So what the meditator seeks, and how much time he or she is willing to put into it, determines the outcome.
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.
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.
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.
Dennis T OConnor's insight:
Schools should be mindful places. In my experience they rarely are. What can a teacher do? Create a mindful classroom!
Instructing somebody to meditate -- to release or dis-identify with his or her thoughts -- is like trying to instruct somebody to instantly sneeze, or like telling someone just not to think, when the mind but built to do little else but that.
When he started MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn didn’t have a detailed plan—just passion and an inkling that lots of good would come of it. Now, 35 years later, he talks with us about the present and future of mindfulness.
I recently came across this list via Pinterest, printed it out, and hung it in my bedroom on my mirror, on my fridge, and I am currently using it as a bookmark (yes, I still read actual books with real pages).
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Dennis T OConnor's insight:
Midnfulness and schools: a magic combination? While I doubt that public schools will go this way, charter and private schools certainly will.