Mindfulness and being awake to the world are important leadership and followership qualities. It is about quality of life, instead of corporate bottom lines or distant outcomes in school. Being well and mindful allows those things to take care of themselves. We need to be and live in the present.
It is bedtime. I am tucking my children into bed. There is a pleasing calm in the air, as they lie there, snuggled up quietly in anticipation. Bedtimes used to be a frantic battleground, marked by tantrums, sobbing and endless trips to the loo. Thankfully, all that changed the day I started slipping meditation into our bedtime routine."
The meditation is something that is possible at school. We used to say bedtime prayers, which I think of in the same way, and it has not fallen to the wayside. If we help children be thankful, there is considerable benefit. Perhaps, that is part of the problem in the world today. We are not thankful enough and do not express thankfulness.
The evangelists of unplugging might just have another agenda
"why we disconnect matters: We can continue in today’s mode of treating disconnection as a way to recharge and regain productivity, or we can view it as a way to sabotage the addiction tactics of the acceleration-distraction complex that is Silicon Valley."
Mindfulness is two-edged sword. It can be the racket this article suggests and it can be process where we listen more deeply to our self. I use "and" purposely. Mindfulness is not an either/or. It is a matter of degrees and in that sense it can used more calculatingly and less meditatively. Mindfulness is about being present in the world we live and work in. That makes it something I can be and not something to do, but the two may not end up mutually exclusive.
I worked in education and it is easy to get lost in the garble of jargon. That is why mindfulness is important.
Mindfulness is a way of stopping and being present in ways which allow greater awareness to occur naturally. Things emerge instead of being forced to happen, which actually cannot happen. Mindfulness is a series of creative interstitial space. We learn there about our self, the others, and the universe.
The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Nicholas Biddle outlines how students' low aspirations can lead to poor outcomes…
Professors from universities across the U.S. have all told me the same story. Their students are increasingly portraying feelings of entitlement toward good grades, adjusted deadlines, class perks and special treatment. One professor said a student told him, “I pay your salary, so you have to do what I want.” In the response section to …
I prefer the word engaging. Empowering means something that I give students. Engage has a relational quality to it that is about reciprocity. It fits with the suggested humility and patience. We give without expecting immediate return from the other person. The receiving is in the giving. It is about servant-leadership.
The key is that mindfulness is about being present and improving the quality of life and making the world a better place. It is not directly about corporate bottom lines, although it may indirectly help there. Thinking it is, makes a tool or instrument rather than a way of being and living.
There are some interesting points made in the article. It is more than just walking and talking. It is about getting to know people at a deeper level, what they do on the job, and what that means in their lives.
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Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
Contemplative practices enable and engage students. Empowering is something an external source grants and is not liberating. The rest is a great article with an excellent and overdue idea.
Over the years, I found that I expanded these bite size mindfulness exercises into full-blown practices in my own life. Now I sit and meditate every morning, and try to approach life in a more mindful way....