By Shawnee Thornton Hardy Founder Asanas for Autism and Special Needs Self-regulation has been a topic of discussion at the forefront of education and is being attributed to a child’s overall emotional health and success. Self-Regulation is the ability to monitor and control our own behavior, emotions and thoughts, altering them in accordance with the […]
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Here, we hope you'll appreciate the insightful contributions of our conference presenters, who've offered perspectives on mindfulness in education, clinical practice, research, and more.
By Trish Magyari, MS, CGC, MS, LCPC, NCC, RYT-200 Do your mindfulness students fall asleep? Daydream? Use the time to plan their evening? Giggle? Try to distract other group members? These responses might have a variety of reasons behind them. Your students may in fact be tired, unsure of the instructions, or engaging in their habitual social […]
Self-compassion may be key to supporting teen mental health. Dr. Karen Bluth shares lessons from her mindful self-compassion program. BY KAREN BLUTH Leslie came to the first class of my course on self-compassion for teens with a definitive chip on her shoulder. She refused to sit with the group, standing on the perimeter with arms […]
By Amira Valle Research is showing that mindfulness and compassion training practices can yield a number of benefits in the areas of physical and psychological health, contributing to social-emotional intelligence as well. While the science of mindfulness is currently en vogue, we should not forget that mindful awareness is best taught and learned using the […]
By Adenia Linker, Erikson Institute Building a strong social and emotional vocabulary is an important part of our universal mindfulness-based social and emotional curriculum. The lessons on emotions are always filled with fresh insight as well as tender moments when we are reminded about the beautiful spirit living inside the youngest in our community. Our […]
By Natalia Fister, High School Teacher, Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher, Toronto A few weeks ago, I bumped into a teacher in my school who had taken the SMART program 2 years ago (a mindfulness course specifically designed for educators, taught by Heidi Bornstein of Mindfulness Everyday). I asked her if she was teaching mindfulness to […]
By Alan Brown On my way out of school a few weeks ago, a 12th grader stopped me in the hall, eager to talk to me. I’d taught him mindfulness in 9th grade, but at the time he had been a very reluctant participant in class. (I had even gotten a note from one of […]
By Erik R Conklin, M.A., Ed.D. In my favorite joke of all time, Steve Martin delivers a very detailed buildup of sprinkler terms to what he believes is a group in the audience from a “plumber’s convention”. In the culminating delivery of the “punch line” of the joke, no one in the audience laughs; the […]
by Christine Galib Our task today is to find singular ways to create the new things that will make the future not just different, but better – to go from 0 to 1. The essential first step is to think for yourself. Only by seeing the world anew…can we both re-create it and preserve it […]
By Ariel Frager School is hard. Hours of listening. Hours of having to sit still. Hours of not talking to your friends, not playing Wall Ball, no video games and no soccer. And then there are all those people: the annoying kids, the teacher who is so kind it is also annoying, the friends who […]