A LESSON TO TAKE HOME

A STUDY IN MINDFULNESS

 

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The concept of mindfulness in education has officially entered the mainstream: rooms of pillows and yoga mats replace detention, morning announcements include guided meditations, and teacher-led breathing exercises precede big exams.

Still wondering what mindfulness is, exactly?

Mindful magazine defines the practice as “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” It’s not the absence of thinking, but more the ability to let go of our thoughts and focus on the here and now. 

But while student-centric initiatives get all the accolades, there’s real evidence that more mindful teachers have a positive impact on their classrooms and, by association, their personal lives, relationships, travel experiences, and more. Want to put that idea to the test? Take a deep breath, and…

 

 
Download an app

TV news guy Dan Harris shepherds “fidgety skeptics” through approachable guided meditations and the science behind them.

 

 
Read a book

This mindfulness primer in disguise features short works by poets from Shakespeare to Kerouac.

 
 
Take an online course
“Mindfulness Fundamentals” at mindfulschools.org

This self-paced, six-week course covers the basics of mindfulness and focuses on developing educators’ personal practices.

 

 


Read up on the research

Our team dug into the latest on mindfulness in education. Read more on our blog.


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