What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention. It is the mental faculty of purposefully bringing awareness to one’s experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting.
Mindfulness creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.
We help to grow this space, enabling new, wiser responses that improve attention, learning, emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution.
Introduced into medicine thirty years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, mindfulness has become a successful mainstream influence in medicine, psychology, corporate environments, and now education.
Thirty years of research and, more recently, brain science, offer compelling evidence to support the use of mindfulness in education. The application of mindfulness by students and educators has the potential to improve academic achievement, mental health, and inter- and intra-personal relationships.
– MindfulSchools.org 2013
Mindfulness Books for Children:
A Handful of Quiet; Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh
Take the Time; Mindfulness for Kids by Maud Roegiers
On My Way to a Happy Life by Deepak Chopra
We Are Like the Sky by Elisabeth Rose Wilds
Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean
The Three Questions (based on a store by Leo Tolstoy) by Jon J. Muth
Website for Mindfulness with Children:
Links to Audio Samples:
Apps for Mindfulness (iTunes and Android)
Relax & Rest Guided Meditations
Mindfulness Books – General:
Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness by Deborah Schoelerlein
Peace is Every Step; The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
A Pebble in Your Pocket; Mindful Stories for Children & Grown-ups by Thich Nhat Hanh