I rarely find myself on the same side of an argument with Michael Coren. I adhere to an idea that Jesus was often embedded with people who lived on the margins of his world. What does that mean in today's society? It means he would find it problematic to disenfranchise and other humans because of gender and sexuality.
When I read and hear that Catholic schools have to come up with a policy about gay support groups, I wonder why? If they open the Bible and read the New Testament, they would find Jesus's teachings provide them with insights on how to treat students and others with unconditional love.
News stories and social media posts inundate us every day with tips for greater happiness, health, and general well-being. But who has the time to fit them into our already packed schedules? Recently, though, my research has led me to believe that one simple prescription can have transformative effects: look for more daily experiences of awe. This doesn’t require a trek to the mountains. What the science of awe is suggesting is that opportunities for awe surround us, and their benefits are profound.
When we package anything, what does it become but a new quick product. Mindfulness is a way of living that cannot be packaged as a one-size-fits-all and super-sized. I am always wary of corporate views of anything.
A new study has found an association between meditation and wisdom.
Researchers with the University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology have found that meditation, and physical practices such as ballet, might lead to increased wisdom. The study, “The Relationship between Mental and Somatic Practices and Wisdom,” was published in PLOS ONE.
Is the mystery of wisdom about to be revealed? And isit that surprising that it should be associated with holistic and reflective practices? What people involved in spirituality have known for centuries is becoming mainstream.
The mind is a powerful asset, and like any other organ it needs equal rest and stimulation. It's become obvious that our workplaces are increasingly stressful with longer work hours, high pressure deadlines and increased workloads.
There has been a lot of discussion lately in mindfulness in education circles (for example, here, here, and here) about the need for mindfulness programs in educational contexts to be comple...
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
Religious might be the wrong word. Spiritual is more in keeping with what mindfulness is. Similar to prayer, there is a need to be attentive and listen with care to the world, internal and external.
Jon Kabat-Zinn's point about Buddha not being a Buddhist is accurate. Jesus was not a Christian as we understand it. When we use the word religion, it is what binds people together in a meaningful way and that transcends religion.
I think the key question for me is "What role does mindfulness play in the secular world?"
We all have conversations going on constantly in our heads. For some of us they are subtle, passive, and help us feel protected and safe. For others, they are much more aggressive and destructive. Make your self-talk work for you rather than against you.
Extremes of every kind of attention are a problem. It’s important to find a balance between too narrow a focus, and attention that's too widely dispersed. Attention too far in either direction can throw you off your game.Many consider flow to be an ideal state. That’s when your concentration is utterly absorbed – and you're most likely being challenged. You’re better able to tune out your mental chatter because you’re fully engrossed in a task. That can feel great since you’re not only being productive, but you’re also not distracted by negative self
Being a spiritual woman in a corporate world—and practicing meditation on a daily basis—has taught me certain things about how to survive and thrive in today's modern workplace. Here's what I've learned over the years, and my advice on how to use mindfulness to your personal and professional advantage.
“A small circle of limited duration that is intentional about its process will have a deeper, more life-giving impact than a large, ongoing community that is shaped by the norms of conventional culture.” —Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness Facilitators of Courage & Renewal programs use these basic Touchstones to help define clear boundaries for Continue Reading »
This post is not about high-stakes testing. It is not about testing in schools of any kind. Or even education. This post is about human dignity—to put a fine point on it, about our very human propensity to indignity. So what is the real test? The real test is about whether or not you will…
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
Hannah Arendt wrote about living-in-plurality and Gert Biesta picked up on that for education. Conformity and compliance do not exist. What exists are differences. The result is teachers play a significant ethical role in the lives of students.
We now have the scientific evidence to back up those claims. Research conducted by Greg Feist of San Jose State University found that when people let their focus shift away from others around them, they're better able to engage in "metacognition," the process of thinking critically and reflectively about your own thoughts.
Where things get tricky, though, is figuring out what to do in order to encourage metacognitive thought in the first place. When we're routinely overwhelmed with outside noise, carving out space for unstructured daydreaming takes planning, structure.
Sometimes the most productive periods of contemplation come to us unawares and don't last very long—but that doesn't mean they aren't useful.
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