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How to Avoid A Poorly Designed School Mindfulness by Jamie Bristow

Designing and instituting a program for mindfulness in schools is fraught with potential problems. Here’s how to avoid having a poorly-designed program. Click here

Mindful Nation UK
Report by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG)

This report is the culmination of over a year of research and inquiry including eight hearings in Parliament when members of the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group were able to hear first-hand and question some of those who have experienced the transformational impacts of mindfulness. View the report here.

Is Mindfulness the Secret Behind Better Health & Making Kids Behave?

mindfulness-better-health-photoDealing with disobedience is part and parcel of being a parent and working with children. We’ve all been there in some way or another; desperately trying to diffuse a tantrum at the supermarket till or dealing with frustrated tears at bedtime. Everyone has their own methods of handling these ups and down, but managing a child’s bad behaviour and your own subsequent stress levels doesn’t always have to be quite so exhausting.

Although it may have seemed unlikely at first, a form of meditation known as mindfulness is now being championed as the key to getting kids to behave and improving our general health. Read the full article here.

Buddhist Teacher Jack Kornfield On Gratitude, The Mindful Revolution, And Learning To Embrace Suffering

jack-kornfield-smallTrained in the monasteries of India, Thailand and Burma, Kornfield has studied and taught meditation for over 40 years, and has pioneered transmitting ancient Buddhist spiritual teachings to a modern Western audience. After working in the Peace Corps and earning a doctorate in clinical psychology, Kornfield founded the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA, and later, Spirit Rock Meditation center in Marin County, California. He’s also authored a number of books on mindfulness, compassion and Buddhist psychology, notably his 1993 bestseller A Path With Heart. Read the full article here.

A Focus on Mindfulness

buddha-statue-picMindfulness has become a familiar term, but what does it really mean and does it have a place in our schools? MiSP’s Amanda Bailey discuss how mindfulness can help children in particular to grow and develop.

Mindfulness stems form Buddhist philosophy, with its roots in psychology, as a way of understanding and relieving the causes of human suffering. The term mindfulness refers to the ability to direct the attention to the experience as it unfolds, with curiosity and kindness. Rather than the constant shuttling of our mind, worrying about the past or planning for the future, mindfulness trains us to respond skilfully to what is happening now. Read the full article here.

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